Tag Archives: Holidays

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes: Fingerplay

Walking.Holding.Hands

Sharing World Views
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Put your hand in mine and walk with me,
CLAPS HANDS TOGETHER
MAKE AN UPSIDE DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND WALK THEM AS IF LEGS
Walk with me, walk with me.
SAME ACTION AS ABOVE
Put your hand in mine and walk with me
AS ABOVE.
To see the world like me.
PUT TO EYES
MAKE HOOP OVERHEAD LIKE EARTH
PUT HANDS ON CHEST

Take my hand for I will walk with you,
CLAPS HANDS TOGETHER
MAKE AN UPSIDE DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND WALK THEM AS IF LEGS
Walk with you, walk with you.
SAME ACTION AS ABOVE
Take my hand for I will walk with you
AS ABOVE.
To see the world like you.
PUT TO EYES
MAKE HOOP OVERHEAD LIKE EARTH
HANDS OUT TO SIDES WITH PALMS UP

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Monsters: Action Song

Witch.Frankenstein.ckeMonsters knocked the city down
Sung to: Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore
Written by: CK Emanuel

Chorus:
Monsters roamed throughout the town
MAKE CLAWS WITH HANDS AND A SCARY FACE
POINT AND MOVE HAND AS IF FOLLOWING IMAGINARY MONSTERS
On Halloween night
HANDS OVERHEAD MOVING FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER
MAKE A CIRCLE OVERHEAD FOR THE MOON
Monsters roamed throughout the town
On Halloween night

Verses:
Frankie stomped an entire block, On Halloween Night
STOMP IN PLACE
Frankie stomped an entire block, On Halloween Night

Werewolves dug up every yard, On Halloween Night
MOVE HANDS AS IF DIGGING
Werewolves dug up every yard, On Halloween Night

Mummies wrapped up all the trees, On Halloween Night
MOVE FIST IN CIRCLE AS IF WRAPPING
Mummies wrapped up all the trees, On Halloween Night

Ghosts slimed through every doorway, On Halloween Night
SLIDE HANDS DOWNWARDS WIGGLING FINGERS
Ghosts slimed through every doorway, On Halloween Night

Witches stole all the broomsticks, On Halloween Night
MOVE HAND QUICKLY IN UPWARD ARC
Witches stole all the broomsticks, On Halloween Night

Vampires took the city bus, On Halloween Night
MOVE HANDS AS IF GRASPING A Steering WHEEL
Vampires took the city bus, On Halloween Night

Pumpkins glowed a toothy grin, On Halloween Night
USE HANDS TO TRACE A SMILE
Pumpkins glowed a toothy grin, On Halloween Night

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Dancing Monster: Puppet

Story: Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves

Book cover for Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance and a puppet of the monster main character

Need:
– Foam: green, white, black, orange or blue
– Straw (to use as ‘bones’  to give structure to the pant legs and arms)
– Yarn (for puppet strings)
– Doll Rod – Puppet handle
– Wooden Clothes Pin (to be able to release secondary string attached to head)
– Various fabric for clothes (shirt and pants)
-Velcro

Participation Age Range: 3 to 8 years old

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A Bicycle Built for Two: Fingerplay

a two seater bicycle with wheels in the shape of hearts

A Bicycle Built for Two
Traditional American Folk Song; Actions by CK Emanuel

Daisy, Daisy,
WAVE HELLO
Give me your answer do;
HAND IN FRONT AND THEN  BRING IT TO CHEST AS IF TAKING SOMETHING
I’m half crazy
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TO TEMPLES, MOVE AWAY FROM HEAD AND SPREAD OUT FINGERS LIKE EXPLOSION
All for the love of you.
PLACE HANDS OVER HEART;
POINT TO SOMEONE
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
PRETEND TO PUT A RING ON FINGER
I can’t afford a carriage;
SHOW EMPTY PALMS
But you’ll look sweet upon the seat
POINT TO SOMEONE;
EXTEND TWO FINGERS FLAT, THEN “SIT” TWO FINGERS FROM OPPOSITE HAND UPON IT.
Of a bicycle built for two!
MOVE HANDS IN A CIRCLE AS IF
PEDALING A BIKE;
HOLD UP TWO FINGERS

Source: “American Folksongs.” Children’s Stories. Ed. S.E. Schlosser. AmericanFolklore.net, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2017.

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Parade: Fingerplay and Action Activity

In the Parade
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: The Wheels on the Bus

The police in the parade go “Clear the road”
SWEEP HAND TO SIDE
Clear the road,”
Clear the road.”
The police in the parade, go “Clear the road.”
all through the town

ADDITIONAL VERSES MAY INCLUDE:
The drums in the parade go boom boom boom
MOVE HANDS AS IF HITTING A DRUM
The flags in the parade go swish, swish, swish
HAND OUT PERPENDICULAR TO ARM, WAVE HAND LIKE FLAG
The cars in the parade go honk, honk, honk
MOVE HAND AS IF PRESSING STEERING WHEEL’S HORN
The balloons in the parade go up and down
HANDS “FLOAT” UP THEN DOWN
The singers in the parade go “La, La La”
HAND IN FIST IN FRONT AS IF HOLDING MICROPHONE
The mayor in the parade goes “Vote for me
TAP HAND TO CHEST
The kids in the parade go “How’d you do
WAVE HAND

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Miss Mary Mack: Clapping Rhyme

Miss Mary Mack
Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifteen cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky sky,
And they didn’t come back, back, back
Till the Fourth of July, ly, ly,

Miss- Clap both hands together / Mary- Cross arms in front of chest / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Repeat actions for rest of lines
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