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Goldilocks Fairytale: Fingerplay

House illustrationGoldilocks and the Three Bears
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
Based upon the traditional tale as compiled by the Grimm Brothers

A girl with golden hair on stroll in the woods,
STROKE HAIR
Went into a house that was not hers,
FINGERTIPS OF HANDS TOUCH TO FORM A TRIANGLE; SHAKE HEAD NO.
Where she ate from three bowls that were not hers,
MOVE HAND AS IF EATING FROM BOWL; SHAKE HEAD NO.
And then sat in three chairs that were not hers,
ONE HAND VERTICAL SITS ON OTHER HAND THAT IS FLAT; SHAKE HEAD NO.
Before laying in three beds that were not hers.
HANDS TOGETHER TOUCHING CHECK; SHAKE HEAD NO.
Three bears came home to a mess that was now theirs;
MAKE CLAWS; PUT HANDS ON CHECKS IN AN “OH NO!”
So Goldilocks ran to a house that was hers.
MOVE ARMS LIKE RUNNING;
FINGERTIPS TOUCH TO MAKE TRIANGLE

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Fairy Tale Little Red Riding Hood: Fingerplay

Little Red Riding Hood
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Mother said listen, and listen well.
CUP EAR
“Go through the wood with all due haste!
MOVE ARMS AS IF RUNNING
Do not dawdle to smell or taste;
TOUCH NOSE ,THEN LIPS
Do not to speak to those unknown;
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’ AS OPENS AND CLOSES 1 HAND LIKE MOUTH
Go straight to grandmother who’s sick and alone.”
TOUCH STOMACH

Taking a basket of all sorts of treats,
RUB BELLY
the young girl put on her dashing red hood,
PRETEND TO PULL UP HOOD
and promised to be exceptionally good.
MAKE A CROSS OVER HEART
But from the wooded path, she did to stray
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’
to pick some flowers and  enjoy the day.
PRETEND TO PICK FLOWERS

There she met a furry stranger,
RUB ARM
and told him of her sick grandmother.
TOUCH STOMACH
Then she took one path, he another.
HOLD UP 1 FINGER, THEN 2
She was walked slow, while he ran quick,
MOVE ARMS SLOWLY, THEN FAST AS IF RUNNING
and was soon in place for a dastardly trick.
MAKE A MEAN FACE

Upon entering her sick grandmother’s house,
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE A “HOUSE”
the girl was surprised by the figure in bed.
PALMS TOGETHER WITH HANDS TOUCHING CHEEK
And, while grandma’s cap was on top of its head,
TOUCH THE TOP OF HEAD
the ears were too big, the eyes were, too
POINT TO EARS THEN TO EYES
and with the size of the teeth, the young girl knew
PUT INDEX FINGERS ON EITHER SIDE OF MOUTH LIKE ‘FANGS’

It was the wolf!
MAKE CLAWS

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Sword in the Stone / King Arthur: Fingerplay

Merlin’s Magical Sword in the Stone
By CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Polly Put the Kettle On

Merlin put the king’s sword in,
WAVE HAND LIKE MAGIC WAND;
MAKE CUP WITH ONE HAND, PLACE FINGERS OF OTHER HAND INSIDE CUP
Merlin put the king’s sword in,
REPEAT ACTIONS ABOVE
Merlin put the king’s sword in,
safe in the stone.
COVER FIST WITH HAND

Young Arthur pulled the sword out,
PRETEND TO PULL SWORD OUT BY HANDLE
Young Arthur pulled the sword out,
REPEAT ACTIONS ABOVE
Young Arthur pulled the sword out;
Hail the new king!
RAISE FISTS OVERHEAD ; HANDS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD TO RESEMBLE A CROWN

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Fairy Tale Jack and the Beanstalk: Fingerplay

Jack’s Beanstalk
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

Young Jack believed in impossible magic.
WAVE HAND AS IF AS MAGIC WAND
He traded a cow for a handful of beans
TOUCH CHEST WITH FINGERTIPS BEFORE LAYING HAND FLAT IN FRONT OF YOU, PALM UP. THEN, BRING FINGERTIPS BACK TO CHEST
and his mother thought it tragic.
TRACE THE PATH OF A TEAR DOWN CHEEK
The beans were tossed onto the ground
MOVE HAND AS IF THROWING SOMETHING
and during the night they sprouted.
ONE ARM LIES FLAT HORIZONTALLY, MOVE OTHER HAND AS IF “SPROUTING” BEHIND IT, WIGGLING FINGERS
The beanstalk grew tall and round,
RAISE ARMS OVERHEAD, THEN OUT TO SIDES
And in the morning, Jack climbed it.
MOVE ONE FIST OVER THE OTHER LIKE CLIMBING ROPE
Up at the top lived a mean old giant,
MAKE A SCARY FACE, HANDS AT WAIST
But brave Jack was ever so quiet.
HOLD A FINGER IN FRONT OF LIPS
In the Giant’s kitchen, Jack safely hid
HANDS IN FRONT OF FACE
Until the old Giant began to snore,
PALMS TOGETHER WITH BACK OF ONE HAND TOUCHING CHEEK
Then down the stalk Jack swiftly slid;
HOLD 1 FINGER UP, MOVE IT IN A DOWNWARDS SPIRAL
The Giant awoke and quickly gave chase
MAKE 2 UPSIDE-DOWN “V”; HAVE ONE CHASE AFTER THE OTHER
For Jack had stolen  his treasure.
START WITH HANDS OUT, BRING HANDS TO CHEST
A blow from an axe ended the race
HAND UP BENT AT ELBOW TO BE “BEANSTALK”, USE OTHER HAND TO “CHOP” IT
As the beanstalk fell to the earth.
HAVE BEANSTALK HAND “FALL” INTO OTHER HAND
With the mean Giant’s treasure,
TOUCH CHEST WITH BOTH HANDS
Jack’s life was full of joy and mirth.
HANDS ON BELLY AS IF LAUGHING

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Telling Time: Poem, Activities, and Stories

Clock Timeclock.face
by C.K. Emanuel

Need a little help telling the time?
Stare at the clock, face to face;
Follow the hands on the 12 hour climb.

Tallest to the back, wait in line!
First, the small hand speaks its number-
For it’s the hour hand’s turn to shine.

What you see is what you get;
In the case of the in-between,
The number just passed is a better fit.

Now for the big hand, you got it right!
It’s time to count the minutes past.
The minute hand is no cause for fright.

See the numbers on the clock,
Multiply them by the number 5,
Or, count by fives, let them rock!

At twelve, the hour begins,
Twelve becomes zero-zero
And everybody wins!

In the case of the in-between,
Add a one for each dot past.
Now the time is clearly seen.

Post includes: storyleads and an app
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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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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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