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Bus Around Town: Fingerplay/Song

busAll Around the Neighborhood
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional folk song, “Pop! Goes the Weasel”

All around the neighborhood
WITH A FLAT HAND, DRAW A CIRCLE HORIZONTALLY IN FRONT OF YOU
The bus drove the people;
MOVE HANDS AS IF GRASPING A STEERING WHEEL
Past the library, past the bank
HAND FLAT TO SIDE, CURVE HAND UP IN A ARCH
Honk! Goes the driver!
AS IF PRESSING A HORN

SWAP OUT THE THIRD LINE TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL PLACES IN THE TOWN:
Past the bakery, past the school
Past the station, past the park
Past the cinema, past the pool

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Train: Fingerplay

Little Red Train Car
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon

Chugging through the town
BEND ARMS AT ELBOW AND MOVE ARMS IN A CIRCLE
in my little red train car,
TOUCH PALM TO CHEST ;
MAKE FIST IN AIR AS IF BLOWING A TRAIN’S WHISTLE
Chugging through the town in my little red train car,
REPEAT ACTIONS ABOVE
Chugging through the town in my little red train car,
REPEAT ACTIONS ABOVE
Climb aboard
CURVE ARM UP AT ELBOW FOR A “COME ON” GESTURE
And ride with me
MAKE FISTS WITH THUMBS OUT; TOUCH THUMBS TO CHEST

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Space Travel: Action Activity

John Glenn’s Ride
Text by CK Emanuel
To the Tune of: Ring Around the Rosie

Race around the planet;
HOLD HANDS AND TURN IN A CIRCLE
Johnnie flew the Friendship.
KEEP MOVING IN THE CIRCLE
Faster! Faster!
TURN FASTER
NASA blasts off!
JUMP UP THEN FALL DOWN

*John Glenn was the first American to orbit the planet. He flew in the Friendship 7 capsule.

Information Source: Ethier, Bryan. “John Glenn: First American to Orbit the Earth.”American History (1997): History Net. 12 June 2006. Web. 20 May 2015.

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Bus: Action Song

Charlie the Bus
To the tune of Sally the Camel
Text By: C.K. Emanuel

Charlie the bus has 10* seats
Charlie the bus has 10* seats
Charlie the bus has 10* seats
So drive Charlie drive
Chug chug chug

*Count down by 2’s

Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Because Charlie is a car, of course
Zoom!
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Australian Song: Fingerplay and Action Activity

Waltzing Matlida
Song by Andrew ‘Banjo’ Patterson;
Revised by Marie Cowan; Actions by C.K. Emanuel

1ST VERSE
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
(PALMS PAT BELLY; THEN TOUCH FINGERTIPS ON BOTH HANDS TOGETHER MAKING ATOP OF A TRIANGLE CHEST HIGH FOR CAMP)
Under the shade of a Coolabah tree
(RAISE HANDS OVERHEAD AND SLIGHT OFF TO SIDES, LIKE BRANCHES OF A TREE)
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled
(AS IF STRUMMING A BANJO: LEFT HAND MAKES LOOSE FIST TO SIDE OF BODY WITH FINGERS POINTING UP, RIGHT HAND IN FRONT OF STOMACH DOES A SIDEWAYS WAVE)
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me
(POINTER AND MIDDLE FINGERS REMAIN TOUCHING WHILE POINTING DOWNWARDS LIKE LEGS; TWIST ARM SO THAT FINGERS SWING BACK AND FORTH AS IF DANCING; THEN BOTH POINTER FINGERS TOUCH CHEST)

CHORUS:
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
(POINTER AND MIDDLE FINGERS REMAIN TOUCHING WHILE POINTING DOWNWARDS LIKE LEGS; TWIST ARM SO THAT FINGERS SWING BACK AND FORTH AS IF DANCING)
You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me
(REPEAT ACTIONS ABOVE; THEN BOTH POINTER FINGERS TOUCH CHEST)
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled
(AS IF STRUMMING A BANJO)
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me
(REPEAT ACTIONS FROM SECOND LINE OF CHORUS)

2ND VERSE
Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong
(HAND CURVES SLIGHTLY WITH FINGERS POINTING DOWN; MOVE HAND FORWARDS WHILE WIGGLING FINGERS LIKE LEGS OF ANIMAL)
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him in glee
(ARMS MAKE HOOP IN FRONT OF BODY AS IF HUGGING SOMEONE)
And he said as he shoved that jumbuck in his tuckerbag
(REST LEFT AND ON LEFT HIP MAKING HOOP; TAKE RIGHT HAND THROUGH HOOP)
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me
(SAME ACTION AS SECOND AND LAST LINE IN CHORUS)

REPEAT CHORUS

Source: “Australian Songs.” All Down Under. Accessed 7.1.2013. http://alldownunder.com/australian-music-songs/index.html
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Sailor Went to Sea: Clapping Rhyme

A Sailor Went to Sea
Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see;
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

Sailor.Sea
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Spaceship: Action Activity

My Little Gray Spaceship
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon

Flying all around in my little gray spaceship,
Flying all around in my little gray spaceship,
Flying all around in my little gray spaceship,
Won’t you join my landing crew?

How to Play: Start with two original “alien” crew captains (Adapt number of original captains based upon the number of your participants.) The game resembles a type of “follow the leader.” As the crew “flys all around” they have to follow their captain. With the last line of the rhyme, the captain adds one or two new crew members (Again, adjust for number of participants).  This activity works best if there is time for kids to change roles (captain/crew).

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