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Australian Bird Song: Fingerplay

Kookaburra
Song by Marion Sinclair; Actions by C.K. Emanuel

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
   HOLD FIST UP, OTHER HAND POINTS TO FIST
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
   MAKE CROWN BY PLACING HANDS ON SIDE OF HEAD
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
   PAT BELLY AND SWAY FROM SIDE TO SIDE
Gay your life must be!
   HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALMS FACING UP

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
   HOLD FIST UP, OTHER HAND POINTS TO FIST
Eating all the gum drops he can see.
   TOUCH FINGERTIPS TO MOUTH ALTERNATING HANDS
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
   EXTEND HAND, PALM FACING OUT
Save some there for me!
   SHAKE POINTER FINGER

Original Source: “Australian Songs.” All Down Under. Accessed 7.1.2013. http://alldownunder.com/australian-music-songs/index.html

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Australian Song: Fingerplay and Action Activity

Waltzing Matlida
Song by Andrew ‘Banjo’ Patterson;
Revised by Marie Cowan; Actions by C.K. Emanuel

1ST VERSE
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
(PALMS PAT BELLY; THEN TOUCH FINGERTIPS ON BOTH HANDS TOGETHER MAKING ATOP OF A TRIANGLE CHEST HIGH FOR CAMP)
Under the shade of a Coolabah tree
(RAISE HANDS OVERHEAD AND SLIGHT OFF TO SIDES, LIKE BRANCHES OF A TREE)
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled
(AS IF STRUMMING A BANJO: LEFT HAND MAKES LOOSE FIST TO SIDE OF BODY WITH FINGERS POINTING UP, RIGHT HAND IN FRONT OF STOMACH DOES A SIDEWAYS WAVE)
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me
(POINTER AND MIDDLE FINGERS REMAIN TOUCHING WHILE POINTING DOWNWARDS LIKE LEGS; TWIST ARM SO THAT FINGERS SWING BACK AND FORTH AS IF DANCING; THEN BOTH POINTER FINGERS TOUCH CHEST)

CHORUS:
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
(POINTER AND MIDDLE FINGERS REMAIN TOUCHING WHILE POINTING DOWNWARDS LIKE LEGS; TWIST ARM SO THAT FINGERS SWING BACK AND FORTH AS IF DANCING)
You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me
(REPEAT ACTIONS ABOVE; THEN BOTH POINTER FINGERS TOUCH CHEST)
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled
(AS IF STRUMMING A BANJO)
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me
(REPEAT ACTIONS FROM SECOND LINE OF CHORUS)

2ND VERSE
Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong
(HAND CURVES SLIGHTLY WITH FINGERS POINTING DOWN; MOVE HAND FORWARDS WHILE WIGGLING FINGERS LIKE LEGS OF ANIMAL)
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him in glee
(ARMS MAKE HOOP IN FRONT OF BODY AS IF HUGGING SOMEONE)
And he said as he shoved that jumbuck in his tuckerbag
(REST LEFT AND ON LEFT HIP MAKING HOOP; TAKE RIGHT HAND THROUGH HOOP)
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me
(SAME ACTION AS SECOND AND LAST LINE IN CHORUS)

REPEAT CHORUS

Source: “Australian Songs.” All Down Under. Accessed 7.1.2013. http://alldownunder.com/australian-music-songs/index.html
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Kangaroo: Action Rhyme

Kangaroo Jumps!
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

One little kangaroo    Hold up 1 finger
With nothing to do    Hands out to sides, palm up
One jump forward     Follow jumping actions
One jump back      Follow jumping actions

A second kangaroo    Hold up 2 fingers
Cried boo-hoo     Fists in front of eyes
One small jump forward     Follow jumping actions
One small jump back     Follow jumping actions

A third kangaroo     Hold up 3 fingers
Shouted yahoo!       Raise hands in air
One big jump forward     Follow jumping actions
One big jump back     Follow jumping actions

A fourth kangaroo    Hold up 4 fingers
Said me too!    Point to self
One slow jump forward      Follow jumping actions
One slow jump back      Follow jumping actions

A fifth kangaroo    Hold up 5 fingers
Sneezed Achoo!    Hands cover nose
One quick jump forward      Follow jumping actions
One quick jump back      Follow jumping actions

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