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Tent: Fingerplay

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The Big Dreams of a Small Tent
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

There was a little tent,
BOTTOM HAND FLAT, TOP HAND ABOVE IT
Who dreamed of bigger things.
TOUCH HANDS TO SIDE OF CHEEK
He dreamt of being a house,
BOTTOM HAND FLAT, TOP HAND ABOVE IT
He dreamt of being a school,
SPREAD HANDS APART
He dreamt of being a skyscraper –Whoops! Too big!
SPREAD HANDS APART WIDER, SHAKE HEAD NO

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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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Morning: Fingerplay

Up the Sun Rises
Words and Actions Adapted by CK Emanuel
Based on the traditional folksong: Drunken Sailor

Sun.Moon.ClockChorus: (To be sung before each verse)
Way, hay, up she rises,
MOVE ARMS TO THE RIGHT, THEN LEFT, THEN OVERHEAD
Way, hay, up she rises,
Way, hay, up she rises,
Early in the morning!
TAP WRIST AS IF WEARING A “WATCH”

Verses:
What will we do with the sleepy moonlight,
HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALMS UP
HANDS TOGETHER, AT SIDE OF CHECK AS IF SLEEPING
What will we do with the sleepy moonlight,
What will we do with the sleepy moonlight,
Early in the morning?
TAP WRIST AS IF WEARING A “WATCH”

Wave goodbye so the sun can come after,
WAVE ; HANDS TOUCH OVERHEAD CRATING A “CIRCLE”
Wave goodbye so the sun can come after,
Wave goodbye so the sun can come after,
Early in the morning.
TAP WRIST AS IF WEARING A “WATCH”

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

I’m Gonna Wash My Hands to Stop the Germs
Adapted by CK Emanuel
To the Tune of: “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” from South Pacific

I’m gonna wash those germs right off of my hands
SCRUB HANDS TOGETHER
I’m gonna wash those germs right off of my hands
I’m gonna wash those germs right off of my hands
and stay healthy and strong.
MAKE MUSCLES ARMS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD

Original Song: found in South Pacific, composed by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers

Post includes a longer version.

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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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