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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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Wearing Shoes: A Fingerplay

A fallen monkey wearing socks whose shoes are right next to him

5 Little Monkeys’ Shoes
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys refused to wear their shoes
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS
CROSS ARMS & SHAKE HEAD THEN TOUCH YOUR SHOE
A slid, a skid, and whoops! A bruise!
MOVE ONE HAND, PALM DOWN IS A SLIDING MOTION, THEN DO THE SAME WITH THE OTHER HAND
THROW ARMS UP IN THE AIR
RUB ARM AS IF HURT
The Doctor was called, who said this isn’t news,
HAND MAKES A “Y” BY HAVING THUMB AND PINKY FINGER STICK OUT OF FIST; BRING TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
“All little monkeys need to wear their shoes!”
SHAKE POINTER FINGER AT IMAGINARY MONKEYS
TOUCH SHOE

CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN FROM 4 TO 1 .

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Wee Willie Winkie

Eight.ClockWee Willie Winkie
Text and Actions – Traditional

Wee  Willie Winkie
BRING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER TO SHOW “SMALL”
Runs  through the town,
TWO FINGERS IN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” ‘RUNS’
Upstairs and downstairs, in his night gown;
RAISE HANDS UP THEN DOWN
Rapping  at the window,
MAKE A KNOCKING MOTION WITH FIST
Crying  through the lock
HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF SHOUTING
“Are the children all in bed?
REST HANDS ON SIDE OF HEAD AS IF SLEEPING
It’s now eight o’clock!”
HOLD UP EIGHT FINGERS

Source: The Real Mother Goose. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1916.

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Military: Fingerplay

I’m a Soldier
By CK Emanuel
To the tune of: I’m a Policeman Dressed in Blue

I’m a soldier, dressed just so.
TOUCH FOREHEAD WITH HAND (PALM DOWN) AND     GIVE A SALUTE
TUG AT SHIRT AT THE SHOULDERS
This is what you should know:
HANDS OUT AT SIDES, PALMS UP
TAP FINGER TO TEMPLE
I leave my family and my town,
WAVE “GOOD-BYE”
to help keep you safe and sound.
HUG SELF
The work is hard, but it is fine
WIPE FOREHEAD
GIVE A “THUMBS UP”
An honor to have a job like mine.
PUT HAND OVER CHEST
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Miss Mary Mack: Clapping Rhyme

Miss Mary Mack
Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifteen cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky sky,
And they didn’t come back, back, back
Till the Fourth of July, ly, ly,

Miss- Clap both hands together / Mary- Cross arms in front of chest / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Repeat actions for rest of lines
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Fairy Tale Cinderella: Fingerplay

Cinderella’s Prince
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

The food was divine,
TOUCH LIPS WITH FINGERTIPS
and the music  soft and sweet.
MOVE FINGERS AS IF PLAYING A PIANO
The dancers moved in circles
WITH HANDS, DRAW A CIRCLE
as the king  and queen looked on.
HANDS AT SIDE OF HEAD TO MAKE A CROWN
The prince’s heart was happy,
HAND OVER HEART
But the happiness couldn’t last.
SHAKE HEAD “NO”
The clock  sang out- Midnight!
SWAY SIDE-TO-SIDE, HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF SHOUTING
And away his lovely lady raced.
TWO FINGERS IN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” ‘RUNS’
The prince’s heart was heavy
HAND OVER HEART
To find himself alone.
HOLD UP 1 FINGER
A glistening glass shoe  was a clue
TOUCH SHOE
To begin his epic search;
HAND OVER EYES AS IF SHIELDING FROM SUN
For when the prince next saw his lady,
POINT AS IF SEES THE LADY
he vowed to hold on tight.
CROSS ARMS ACROSS BODY IN A “HUG”

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Fish and Sea Creatures: Story Props

ThisIsNotMyHat

Need:
Felt of various colors
Google eyes (5 sets various sizes)
doll rods
velcro (inside of hat brim so can move from fish to fish)
2 bendy straws (crab arms; so crab can point)

Story:
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen; was created for this particular story though the characters were made more colorful and more generic for ease of reusing puppets later.
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