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Fairy Tale Elves and the Shoemaker: Fingerplay

Buckle.ShoeElves and the Shoemaker
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

A poor shoemaker with a single leather scrap,
HANDS OUT TO SIDES TO SHOW “EMPTY”
Too tired to work, took a long night’s nap.
YAWN AND STRETCH;
THEN PUT HANDS TOGETHER AND REST THEM ON THE SIDE OF ONE CHECK
Then in from the dark crept two little chaps,
MAKE AN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND “WALK” THEM LIKE LEGS
Whose hammers worked with a tap, tap, tap!
USE A FIST TO HAMMER THE OTHER HAND
The elves filled the shoe shelves in a snap,
MOVE HANDS AS IF PLACING ITEMS ON SHELVES
Before sneaking out through the window gap.
MAKE A FLATTEN “C” WITH ONE HAND. USING THE OTHER HAND, MAKE LEGS LIKE BEFORE AND WALK IT THROUGH THE OPENING IN THE FLATTEN “C” HAND.
How happy the cobbler, a truly thankful chap!
USE INDEX FINGERS TO DRAW A SMILE ON FACE
PUT BOTH HANDS OVER HEART
For the elves he left shoes, clothes, and each a cap!
TOUCH SHOES, SHIRT, THEN THE TOP OF HEAD

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Shape Song: Fingerplay

Shows green smiling shapes: rectangle, square, and triangleSilly Shape
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional folk song, ‘Billy Boy’

REFRAIN: REPEAT BETWEEN VERSES
What will you do with the scissors, silly boy?
HANDS OUT TO SIDES / MAKE A SCISSORS USING TWO FINGERS
Oh, what will you do with those scissors?

VERSES:

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a rectangle but a square.
HOLD ARMS HORIZONTALLY WITH SPACE BETWEEN THEM TO FORM THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF A RECTANGLE
MOVE ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a square but a triangle.
HOLD ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE
BRING FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FORM THE TOP OF A TRIANGLE

Original Folk Song Source: “Billy Boy.” The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection. Missouri State University, n.d. Web. 10 June 2017.

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Home: Fingerplay

House.yard.

Build Your House
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Row Row Row Your Boat

Build, build, build your house,
PUT ONE HAND ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AS IF LAYING  BRICKS
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION A TRIANGLE,
Make it very strong.
FLEX ARMS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD IN A “STRONG-    MAN” POSE
Happily, happily, happily, happily,
SMILE AND CLAP ON EACH WORD
Home is where we belong.
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION A TRIANGLE, POINT TO CHEST

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Beaver’s Lodge: Fingerplay

Building a Beaver’s Lodge
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 1, 2, Buckle Your Shoe

One, Two, Find wood to chew.
HOLD UP CORRECT NUMBER OF FINGERS
SHADE EYES WITH PALM OF HAND AND LOOK AROUND
Three, Four, Gnaw some more.
HOLD UP CORRECT NUMBER OF FINGERS
MAKE FISTS  ON EITHER SIDE OF MOUTH, AND MAKE BITING MOTION BETWEEN HANDS
Five, SixDrag the sticks.
HOLD UP CORRECT NUMBER OF FINGERS
EXTEND ARMS IN FRONT OF YOU, PRETEND TO STICK TO CHEST
Seven, EightWalls create.
HOLD UP CORRECT NUMBER OF FINGERS
PUT ONE HAND ON TOP OF THE OTHER  AS IF LAYING BRICKS OR STICKS
Nine, TenMud the den.
HOLD UP CORRECT NUMBER OF FINGERS
HAND FLAT, PALM OUT AND PRETEND TO PAT DOWN “WALLS”

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Crafting : Fingerplay

Craft Time
Text and Actions by C.K. Emanuel

To make something new
I think, think, think.
TAP FINGER TO TEMPLE
Then I gather the supplies,
MOVE ARMS AS IF BRING THINGS TOWARDS BODY
it’s time to begin!
TAP FINGER TO WRIST AS IF THERE IS A WATCH.
First, lay down the paper
HOLD UP 1 FINGER
so its flat, flat, flat.
HAND FLAT, PALM UP; USE OTHER HAND TO RUB ACROSS AS IF “FLATTENING”
Second, grab a crayon
HOLD UP 2 FINGERS
to draw, draw, draw.
PRETEND TO COLOR ON TOP OF FLAT HAND
Third, take the scissors
HOLD UP 3 FINGERS
and go snip, snip, snip.
MAKE A “V” WITH ONE HAND, PRETEND TO CUT FLAT HAND.
Fourth, smear the glue
HOLD UP 4 FINGERS
so it will stick, stick, stick.
PRESS BOTH HANDS TOGETHER
Fifth, give a smile;
HOLD UP 4 FINGERS
it’s done, done, done.
HOLD OUT BOTH HANDS IN FRONT TO SHOWCASE WHAT WAS MADE.

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Fairy Tale Three Little Pigs: Fingerplay

Three Little Pigs
Text and Actions by C.K. Emanuel

There are three little houses:
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE A HOUSE
Straw, twigs, brick,
COUNT 1, 2, 3 WITH FINGERS
With three little pigs happy and snug.
PALMS TOGETHER WITH BACK OF HAND TOUCHING SIDE OF FACE.

Along creeps a wolf,
CUP HANDS, HAVE THEM “WALK” IN FRONT OF YOU
Who took a great big breath
TOUCH STOMACH AND BREATHE
Whoosh!
CUP HANDS BY MOUTH
Away blew the straw house,
SWEEP HAND AWAY FROM BODY
And one little pig did run!
PUMP ARMS AT SIDES AS IF RUNNING

Now there are two little houses:
SAME ACTIONS AS BEFORE
Twigs and brick
COUNT 1, 2 WITH FINGERS
With three little pigs happy and snug.

Along creeps a wolf
SAME ACTIONS AS BEFORE
Who took a great big breath
Whoosh!
Away blew the twig house,
And two little pigs did run!

Now there is one little house,
Built of bricks
HOLD UP ONE FINGER
With three little pigs happy and snug.

Along creeps a wolf
Who took a great big breath
Swoosh!
The house stood strong
FLEX ARMS AT EITHER SIDE OF HEAD
And away went the wolf.
CUP HANDS, HAVE THEM “WALK” IN FRONT OF YOU

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