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Farmer: Fingerplay

a red barn with white barn doors and hay in the upper loft10 Little Farmers
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional rhyme: 10 Little Indians

OPENING ACTIONS: HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
One little, two little, three little farmers
Four little, five little, six little farmers
Seven little, eight little, nine little farmers,
Ten little farmers …

ENDING PHRASE MAY INCLUDE:
… on the tractor
MOVE HANDS AS IF DRIVING
sowing the fields
AS IF SPRINKLING SEEDS
growing food
START HAND FLAT ON GROUND THEN MOVE IT VERTICAL TO SHOW GROWTH
milking the cows
MOVE HANDS AS IF MILKING
shearing the sheep
MOVE HANDS AS IF SHEARING SHEEP
gathering eggs
MOVE HANDS AS IF PLACING EGGS IN BASKET

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Spaghetti: Fingerplay and Song

On Top of Spaghetti

Words—Traditional
Actions by Mary Ryan

On top of spaghetti
HOLD ONE HAND FLAT IN FRONT OF YOU AS IF A PLATE
All covered with cheese,
PRETEND TO SPRINKLE CHEESE  WITH OTHER HAND
I lost my poor meatball,
HOLD UP ONE FIST
When somebody sneezed.
TOUCH NOSE  (MAY WISH TO ADD AN “ACHOO!”)
It rolled off the table,
MAKE TWO HORIZONTAL FISTS AND USE THEM TO MAKE ROLLING ACTIONS
And on to the floor
TOUCH FLOOR
And then my poor meatball
HOLD UP ONE FIST
Rolled out of the door.
ROLL FISTS AS BEFORE
It rolled in the garden,
ROLL FISTS AS BEFORE
And under a bush
HOLD UP ONE FIST THEN COVER IT WITH OTHER HAND
And then my poor meatball
HOLD UP ONE FIST
Was nothing but mush.
SMASH HANDS TOGETHER.

Original Source: “On Top of Spaghetti.” Scout Songs. Jonathan Glassman, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

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Watermelon: Fingerplay

Watermelon
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

I saw a little watermelon,
CUP HANDS IN FRONT
It grew so big and round:
SPREAD HANDS APART
The outside peel was green,
DRAW A CIRCLE USING BOTH HANDS
The inside rind was white,
DRAW A SMALLER CIRCLE USING BOTH HANDS
The fruit itself was pink and juicy,
RUB BELLY
But spotted with small black seeds.
BRING POINTER AND THUMB TOGETHER
I didn’t swallow those.
SHAKE HEAD NO.

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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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Vegetable: Fingerplay or Action Activity

A Vegetable in Autumn
By CK Emanuel

I’ve grown, grown, grown,
START HANDS TOGETHER, SPREAD FARTHER AND FARTHER APART
Till I am fat, fat, fat,
PAT BELLY
Pick me, pluck me,
POINT TO GROUND AT IMAGINARY VEGETABLE
MAKE MOTION AS IF PULLING FROM PLANT
Cook me, eat me,
MAKE A CIRCLE WITH FIST  AS IF USING A SPOON TO     STIR A  FRYING PAN.
BRING HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF EATING
Or I’ll rot, rot, rot!
DROP SHOULDERS, SLOUCH, AND MAKE A SAD FACE

Read on for the movements to change into action activity.
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Australian Bird Song: Fingerplay

Kookaburra
Song by Marion Sinclair; Actions by C.K. Emanuel

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
   HOLD FIST UP, OTHER HAND POINTS TO FIST
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
   MAKE CROWN BY PLACING HANDS ON SIDE OF HEAD
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
   PAT BELLY AND SWAY FROM SIDE TO SIDE
Gay your life must be!
   HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALMS FACING UP

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
   HOLD FIST UP, OTHER HAND POINTS TO FIST
Eating all the gum drops he can see.
   TOUCH FINGERTIPS TO MOUTH ALTERNATING HANDS
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
   EXTEND HAND, PALM FACING OUT
Save some there for me!
   SHAKE POINTER FINGER

Original Source: “Australian Songs.” All Down Under. Accessed 7.1.2013. http://alldownunder.com/australian-music-songs/index.html

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Book from the Library: Clapping Song

Who Took the Book from the Library Shelf
By CK Emanuel
To the tune of “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?”

All: Who took the book from the library shelf?
Voice One: (Name of child or character) took of the book from the library shelf.
Voice Two (Accused child or character): Who, me?
All: Yes, you!
Voice Two: Couldn’t be!
All: Then who?

Return to beginning omitting first line. Continue as time/people allows. For last time run through, after “Yes, you!”

Last Voice: It’s true.
All: Good for you!

Add a clapping rhythm: Pat lap then clap hands together to the beat of the song, repeat until end of song.
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