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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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Statue of Liberty: Prop Story

Story: Lady Liberty

Need:
-felt in various colors: blue-green, gray, orange
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
-image of the real Statue of Liberty (Optional: used provide context for felt images)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: As a piece of the statue is named, place the piece on the board– in essence building the statue. Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds.

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Airplanes: Fingerplay

smiling airplane in flight5 White and Shiny Planes
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

Five* white and shiny planes sitting on the long runway;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
MOVE FLAT HAND HORIZONTALLY
When pilots send their turbines spinning – Vroom! Vroom! Vroom!
MOVE ARMS IN A CIRCLE
One took off into the air, flying high above the clouds.
LIFT ARMS OVERHEAD
Now, there are four* shiny planes.
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS

*CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN UNTIL ALL PLANES HAVE FLOWN AWAY.

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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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