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American Presidents: Fingerplay

Thank You Presidents!
Text and Actions by C.K. Emanuel

We thank the presidents,
FINGERTIPS OF ONE HAND TOUCH LIPS, THEN LAY IT FLAT ON TOP OF OTHER HAND
Past and new,
CURVE HAND TO GESTURE OVER SHOULDER, THE POINT IN FRONT OF YOU.
For keeping our country strong.
FLEX ARMS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD.

George Washington was the first.
HOLD UP ONE FINGER
As a general, he fought for freedom.
TOUCH SIDE OF HAND TO FOREHEAD IN A SALUTE
When the war was won, what should he be?
HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALM UP
No king  said he, instead a president!
HANDS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD TO MAKE CROWN, SHAKE HEAD “NO”

Abraham Lincoln, with his tall hat,
TOUCH TOP OF HEAD, THE RAISE IT OVERHEAD
Was the 16th president to serve.
HAND OVER HEART
With his words, he led the charge
HAND FLAT, THUMB UNDERNEATH FINGERS, OPEN AND CLOSE AS IF IT WERE A MOUTH SPEAKING.
Of keeping country together as one.
CURVE HANDS, BRING THEM TOGETHER TO FASHION A CIRCLE.

Thank you, thank you, presidents!
FINGERTIPS OF ONE HAND TOUCH LIPS, THEN LAY IT FLAT ON TOP OF OTHER HAND; REPEAT ACTIONS TWICE.

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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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Space Travel: Action Activity

John Glenn’s Ride
Text by CK Emanuel
To the Tune of: Ring Around the Rosie

Race around the planet;
HOLD HANDS AND TURN IN A CIRCLE
Johnnie flew the Friendship.
KEEP MOVING IN THE CIRCLE
Faster! Faster!
TURN FASTER
NASA blasts off!
JUMP UP THEN FALL DOWN

*John Glenn was the first American to orbit the planet. He flew in the Friendship 7 capsule.

Information Source: Ethier, Bryan. “John Glenn: First American to Orbit the Earth.”American History (1997): History Net. 12 June 2006. Web. 20 May 2015.

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Mozart Played Piano: Clapping Song

Author Unknown; Adapted by CK Emanuel
To the tune of B-I-N-G-O

There was a boy by name of Mozart,
who liked to play piano.
P-I-A-N-O, P-I-A-N-O, P-I-A-N-O
Mozart played piano.

Repeat 2nd time, clap instead of saying the letter P. Keep repeating and replacing a letter with a clap until there is no more letters left in PIANO.

Source of Original Content: “Songs and Fingerplays.” Musical Instruments. Accessed 2.4.15. http://elainekabigting.weebly.com/songs-rhymes-and-finger-plays.html

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