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A Scientist: Fingerplay

Scientist next to a lab table with beakersI’m a Scientist
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: I’m a Policeman Dressed in Blue

I’m a scientist, yes, its true!
HANDS ON CHEST
Here are the things you’ll see me do:
HANDS OUT TO THE SIDES / POINT IN FRONT OF YOU, THEN TO SELF
I’ll ponder, think, and look around,
TAP INDEX FINGER AT TEMPLE / SHADE EYES
I’ll explore then report on what I found.
PRETEND TO “POUR” DIFFERENT CHEMICALS INTO THE SAME CONTAINER
LAY ONE HAND FLAT AS IF PAPER, USE OTHER HAND TO “WRITE” ON IT
It’s my job, and I like it fine.
HANDS ON CHEST / GIVE A “THUMBS UP”
No one has a better job than mine!
WAGGLE FINGER ; HANDS ON CHEST

Original Content Source: “I’m a Policeman Lyrics.” JustSomeLyrics, http://www.justsomelyrics.com/2030380/i%27m-a-policeman-lyrics.html.

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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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5 Green Frogs: Fingerplay & Felt Story

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Story: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Traditional Words

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, green, black, yellow, orange, blue
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Fabric paint: green and black

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 6 years old

Method: Put all felt pieces on the board to make a small pond.
Be sure to have all the frogs sitting on the log in the beginning.
As the songs progresses, move the frogs into the water.

Possible action words include:
Numbers: Kids may count along on fingers.
Yum Yum: Rub tummy
Jumped: Fist rests on opposite arm as if frog on a log before “jumping” off.

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Stolen Cookies!: Prop Story and Song

Cookie jarStory: Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, pink, blue, green, orange, red, black
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Permanent black marker

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Put empty cookie jar felt and the animal faces on the felt board. Hide the felt cookie until the end of the song.
As song progresses, each animal face is turned around depicting the food that they ate. Only at the very end, does the felt cookie appear, and the storyleader put it into the cookie jar.

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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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