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Brer Rabbit: Prop Story/Fingerplay

fox and rabbit puppets and a felt thorn bush

Story: Adaptation of the Uncle Remus tale of Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
(This story takes up where Brer Rabbit is already caught)

Need:
-felt in various colors: orange, white, shades of brown, and black
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
– a thorny stem (Optional: used beforehand to set context of story- for kids to see how sharp thorns are)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old depending on options used.

Method: Put the Briar Patch (Thorn bush) on the felt board. Put on the rabbit finger puppet and the fox hand puppet. The fox puppet can hold the rabbit when its “caught” and the rabbit puppet can stick to the felt board with thrown.
Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds

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Three Billy Goats Fairy Tale : Fingerplay

GoatSNGThere’s a troll, there’s a troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
there’s a troll under the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
There’s a goat, there’s a goat,
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s an itty bitty billy goat.
PUT INDEX FINGER AND THUMB CLOSE TOGETHER

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar,
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Troll just wait, just wait
HAND OUT, PALM AWAY FROM YOU
Just wait for a bigger goat.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

There’s a goat, there’s a goat
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s little bit bigger goat
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Troll just wait, just wait
HAND OUT, PALM AWAY FROM YOU
Just wait for a bigger goat.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

There’s a goat, there’s a goat
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s biggest of the billy goats
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Head goes down, horns points up
MOVE FIST DOWNWARDS
STICK 2 FINGERS OUT OF FIST OF HEAD LIKE HORNS
Head goes down so the horns point up
AS BEFORE
Here’s the charge! Here’s the charge!
MOVE HAND WITH HORNS FORWARD
The Billy Goat rammed the troll!
COLLIDE HORNED FIST INTO OPPOSITE HAND AND SEND IT FLYING

Now the bridge, now the bridge,
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Now there’s no troll under the bridge.
SHAKE HEAD; PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH

Includes a modifications and a shorter version

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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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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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