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Wee Willie Winkie

Eight.ClockWee Willie Winkie
Text and Actions – Traditional

Wee  Willie Winkie
BRING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER TO SHOW “SMALL”
Runs  through the town,
TWO FINGERS IN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” ‘RUNS’
Upstairs and downstairs, in his night gown;
RAISE HANDS UP THEN DOWN
Rapping  at the window,
MAKE A KNOCKING MOTION WITH FIST
Crying  through the lock
HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF SHOUTING
“Are the children all in bed?
REST HANDS ON SIDE OF HEAD AS IF SLEEPING
It’s now eight o’clock!”
HOLD UP EIGHT FINGERS

Source: The Real Mother Goose. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1916.

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Dog vs Skunk: Fingerplay

Skunk.DogThe Dog’s Lament
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

In the yard, the dog was sleeping
HANDS, PALMS TOGETHER, TOUCHING SIDE OF CHECK
when it heard something creeping
MOVE HANDS SLOWLY LIKE PAWS  WALKING
in the shadows, in the dark!
COVER EYES WITH HANDS
Loudly, the dog began to bark!
COVER EARS WITH HANDS

The timid skunk was afraid
MAKE FISTS AND SHAKE ARMS
and so lifted its tail and sprayed.
PALMS TOGETHER, THEN BEND TOP HAND AT WRIST
The cat inside cried out “Oh, No!”
PULL AT IMAGINARY WHISKERS WHILE SHAKING HEAD
but the sleepy dog was too slow.
MOVE ARMS AS IF RUNNING SLOWLY

Oh, how the dog’s owners yelled,
COVER EARS WITH HANDS
for that dog really smelled.
TOUCH NOSE
The dog felt like a silly goose,
CROSS ARMS & SHAKE HEAD
getting a bath in tomato juice.
AS IF WASHING ARMS

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Counting Sheep: Fingerplay & Flannel Activity

Counting Sleeps’ Sheep
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

I count the sheep– 1, 2, 3
MOVE INDEX FINGER AS IF COUNTING OBJECTS
HOLD UP FINGERS AS COUNTS
With wool like a cloudy sea
LOOK UP, HANDS OVERHEAD AND MOVE IN WAVY PATTERN
I count the sheep– 4, 5, 6
AS BEFORE
As they jump a fence of sticks
ONE HAND MAKES A FENCE PERPENDICULAR TO BODY;
HAVE OTHER HAND FISTED AND “JUMP” IT OVER FENCE
I count the sheep– 7, 8, 9
AS BEFORE
On imagined hills of mine
BRING FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION ROUNDED HILL
I count the sheep– 10 and more
AS BEFORE; FOR “MORE”, TURN PALMS FLAT  AND OUT
When I start to drift and snore
HANDS TOGETHER, TOUCHING SIDE OF FACE

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