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Bug Song: Prop Story & Fingerplay

Numbers on a felt board with appriopriate number of bugs next to each of themThe Bugs Go Out
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
Based on the Tune of: The Ants Go Marching

The bugs go creeping one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go creeping one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go creeping one by one
the caterpillar is having fun
And they all go creeping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go crawling two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go crawling two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go crawling two by two
the beetles stopped to have a chew
And they all go crawling down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go marching three by three
the ants went around a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go hopping four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go hopping four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go hopping four by four
the crickets chirped a note and more
And they all go hopping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go swooping five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go swooping five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go swooping five by five
the flyers did a downward dive
And they all go swooping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Counting Bananas: Prop Story

Felt bananas with felt numbers next to them in numerical order from 1 to 10

Story: Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)
Jamaican work-song made popular by a version sung by Harry Belafonte in the 1950s.
The adaptation used here is from Kidsongs– which has the noted change of being able to count the bananas upwards to 10 rather than repeating the same numbers.

Need:
-felt in yellow as well as various colors for the numbers
-fabric paint in various colors: brown, green, light green
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Place the bananas on the felt board, leaving room between them. When get to the point in the song where counting occurs, add the appropriate number next to a banana.

Options: May wish to entice participation using the fingerplay actions below
Day-o: Sway hands side to side
Daylight: Make hoop with arms overhead
Home: Bring fingertips together
Tally: draw lines in the air
Various Numbers: Hold up appropriate number of fingers
Work: Wipe sweat from brow
Stack: Move hands one on top of the other mimicking a pile

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Muddy Pigs: Action Song

Pig.Heart.Mud5 Little Pigs
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little pigs rolling in mud
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
ROLL ON THE GROUND
One climbs out and stinks– P.U.!
JUMP UP
GRAB NOSE WITH ONE HAND WITH WAVING AT NOSE WITH OTHER
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
EXTEND PINKY AND THUMB FROM FIST MAKING A “Y” SHAPE AND HOLD TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more pigs rolling in mud.”
SHAKE FINGER

REPEAT AND PROCEED TO COUNTDOWN FROM 5 to 1

OPTIONAL FOR ZERO PIGS
No little pigs rolling in mud,
MAKE A ZERO BY TOUCHING FINGERTIPS TO THUMB
all are clean, but getting hot!
WAVE HAND IN FRONT OF FACE
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
AS BEFORE
“Have all the pigs roll in mud!”
ROLL ON THE GROUND

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Stars: Fingerplay

Stars.1010 Little Stars
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 10 Little Indians

HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
One little, two little, three little twinkling stars
Four little, five little, six little twinkling stars
Seven little, eight little, nine little twinkling stars
Ten little twinkling stars in the sky.
RAISE ARMS OVERHEAD
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Pet Fish: Fingerplay

My Five Fish
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

I have five fish, count them with me:
HOLD UP 5 FINGERS, THEN USE BOTH HANDS TO POINT TO CHEST.
Fred, Ted, Ned, and Ed, you see?
HOLD UP 1 FINGER AS SAY EACH NAME
One, two, three, four
USE OPPOSITE HAND TO POINT AND COUNT OFF EACH RAISED FINGER
But wait there is one more.
HOLD UP POINTER FINGER OF COUNTING HAND
Number five is quite contrary.
STICK THUMB OF HAND THAT HAS THE 4 FINGERS RAISED, AND POINT TO IT WITH COUNTING FINGER
I’ve named him Opposite Jerry.
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’

When the four swim slow and low,
HOLD UP 4 FINGERS AND MOVE THEM SLOWLY TOWARDS FLOOR.
quick and high Jerry will go.
RAISE POINTER FINGER OF OPPOSITE HAND UPWARDS QUICKLY
When to the right, the four will glide,
MOVE HAND WITH 4 FINGERS TO THE RIGHT
swiftly to the left Jerry will slide.
MOVE OPPOSITE HAND TO THE LEFT
But, I suppose, what more could I wish
HOLD BOTH HANDS TO SIDES, PALM UP
when I put a catfish with four dogfish.
HOLD FIVE FINGERS, FIRST WIGGLE THUMB
THEN OTHER 4  FINGERS.

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Wolf Pups: Fingerplay

10 Little Wolf Pups
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 10 Little Indians

One little, two little, three little wolf pups;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
Four little, five little, six little wolf pups;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
Seven little, eight little, nine little wolf pups;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
Ten little wolf pups howling.
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS

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Monkeys Eating Cake: Fingerplay

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

Five little monkeys eating too much cake.
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS
ALTERNATE BRINGING HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF EATING
One got a huge bell-y-ache
HOLD UP ONE FINGER
HANDS ON STOMACH AND FROWN
Momma called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
HAND MAKES A “Y” BY HAVING THUMB AND PINKY FINGER     STICK OUT OF FIST; BRING TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more monkeys eating too much cake.”
SHAKE POINTER FINGER AT IMAGINARY MONKEYS

CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN FROM 4 TO 1 .

Read on for flannel board adaptation.

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