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Bug Song: Prop Story & Fingerplay

Numbers on a felt board with appriopriate number of bugs next to each of themThe Bugs Go Out
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
Based on the Tune of: The Ants Go Marching

The bugs go creeping one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go creeping one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go creeping one by one
the caterpillar is having fun
And they all go creeping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go crawling two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go crawling two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go crawling two by two
the beetles stopped to have a chew
And they all go crawling down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go marching three by three
the ants went around a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go hopping four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go hopping four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go hopping four by four
the crickets chirped a note and more
And they all go hopping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go swooping five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go swooping five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go swooping five by five
the flyers did a downward dive
And they all go swooping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Counting Bananas: Prop Story

Felt bananas with felt numbers next to them in numerical order from 1 to 10

Story: Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)
Jamaican work-song made popular by a version sung by Harry Belafonte in the 1950s.
The adaptation used here is from Kidsongs– which has the noted change of being able to count the bananas upwards to 10 rather than repeating the same numbers.

Need:
-felt in yellow as well as various colors for the numbers
-fabric paint in various colors: brown, green, light green
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Place the bananas on the felt board, leaving room between them. When get to the point in the song where counting occurs, add the appropriate number next to a banana.

Options: May wish to entice participation using the fingerplay actions below
Day-o: Sway hands side to side
Daylight: Make hoop with arms overhead
Home: Bring fingertips together
Tally: draw lines in the air
Various Numbers: Hold up appropriate number of fingers
Work: Wipe sweat from brow
Stack: Move hands one on top of the other mimicking a pile

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Spring Garden: Fingerplay

SproutingIn the Garden
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: The Wheels on the Bus

The Shovel in the garden goes, “Dig, dig, dig,”
MAKE DIGGING MOTION WITH A CUPPED HAND
“Dig, dig, dig,” “Dig, dig, dig.”
The Shovel in the garden goes, “Dig, dig, dig,”
When Spring comes around.

ADDITIONAL VERSES MAY INCLUDE:
– The Rain in the garden goes, “Plip Plop Plip
TAP THIGHS ALTERNATING AT EACH SOUND
– The Sun in the garden goes, “Shining down
START WITH HANDS TOUCHING SHOULDERS THEN LOWER ARMS, PALMS UP
– The Seed in the garden goes, “Watch me sprout
START WITH HANDS CUPPED TOGETHER, THEN STRETCH ARMS UPWARDS

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Wearing Shoes: A Fingerplay

A fallen monkey wearing socks whose shoes are right next to him

5 Little Monkeys’ Shoes
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys refused to wear their shoes
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS
CROSS ARMS & SHAKE HEAD THEN TOUCH YOUR SHOE
A slid, a skid, and whoops! A bruise!
MOVE ONE HAND, PALM DOWN IS A SLIDING MOTION, THEN DO THE SAME WITH THE OTHER HAND
THROW ARMS UP IN THE AIR
RUB ARM AS IF HURT
The Doctor was called, who said this isn’t news,
HAND MAKES A “Y” BY HAVING THUMB AND PINKY FINGER STICK OUT OF FIST; BRING TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
“All little monkeys need to wear their shoes!”
SHAKE POINTER FINGER AT IMAGINARY MONKEYS
TOUCH SHOE

CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN FROM 4 TO 1 .

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Shape Song: Fingerplay

Shows green smiling shapes: rectangle, square, and triangleSilly Shape
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional folk song, ‘Billy Boy’

REFRAIN: REPEAT BETWEEN VERSES
What will you do with the scissors, silly boy?
HANDS OUT TO SIDES / MAKE A SCISSORS USING TWO FINGERS
Oh, what will you do with those scissors?

VERSES:

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a rectangle but a square.
HOLD ARMS HORIZONTALLY WITH SPACE BETWEEN THEM TO FORM THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF A RECTANGLE
MOVE ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a square but a triangle.
HOLD ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE
BRING FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FORM THE TOP OF A TRIANGLE

Original Folk Song Source: “Billy Boy.” The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection. Missouri State University, n.d. Web. 10 June 2017.

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Home: Fingerplay

House.yard.

Build Your House
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Row Row Row Your Boat

Build, build, build your house,
PUT ONE HAND ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AS IF LAYING  BRICKS
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION A TRIANGLE,
Make it very strong.
FLEX ARMS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD IN A “STRONG-    MAN” POSE
Happily, happily, happily, happily,
SMILE AND CLAP ON EACH WORD
Home is where we belong.
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION A TRIANGLE, POINT TO CHEST

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Muddy Pigs: Action Song

Pig.Heart.Mud5 Little Pigs
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little pigs rolling in mud
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
ROLL ON THE GROUND
One climbs out and stinks– P.U.!
JUMP UP
GRAB NOSE WITH ONE HAND WITH WAVING AT NOSE WITH OTHER
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
EXTEND PINKY AND THUMB FROM FIST MAKING A “Y” SHAPE AND HOLD TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more pigs rolling in mud.”
SHAKE FINGER

REPEAT AND PROCEED TO COUNTDOWN FROM 5 to 1

OPTIONAL FOR ZERO PIGS
No little pigs rolling in mud,
MAKE A ZERO BY TOUCHING FINGERTIPS TO THUMB
all are clean, but getting hot!
WAVE HAND IN FRONT OF FACE
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
AS BEFORE
“Have all the pigs roll in mud!”
ROLL ON THE GROUND

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