Fingerplays.

Don’t forget to use the Fingerplays!

To use fingerplays in early childhood help children learn language by increasing their vocabulary, promote children’s fantasy and creativity, promote their large and small motor skills, develop the eye-hand coordination, but mostly because it is fun.

 

Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie
Place your hand low to the ground to pantomime a short person

Runs through the town
Pretend to run in place

Upstairs and downstairs
Point up, point down

In his nightgown
Smooth hands down over your clothes to indicate what he’s wearing

Rapping at the window
Pretend to knock

And crying through the lock
Hold hands at mouth and pretend to call out the next line
“Are the children all in bed?

For now it’s 8 o’clock.”
Point to wrist as though you are pointing to a watch (or point to classroom clock)

 

Bee Hive

Here is the bee hive.
Cup hands together

Where are the bees?
Peek into “hive”

Hidden away where nobody sees.
Hide “hive” behind back

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive.
Bring “hive” back out front

1…2…3…4…5…BUZZ!
Open fingers one by one. 

The Turtle

This is my turtle.
Make fist, extend thumb

He lives in a shell.
Hide thumb in fist

He likes his home very well.
He pokes his head out when he wants to eat.

Poke thumb out of fist

And pulls it back in when he wants to sleep.
Pull thumb back into fist

 

Way up high in the apple tree.

Way up high in the apple tree,

Point up high

Five red apples looked at me.

Hold up five fingers

I shook that tree as hard as I could,

Pretend to shake the tree with both hands

Down came an apple,

Wiggle fingers down from the air

Mmmm, it was good.

Rub tummy!

 

                           Five little seashells

Five little seashells   
Hold out five fingers.
 

Lying on the shore.

Swish...
Open your other hand and pass it over the five fingers.
 

went the waves.

...and make a light fist with the first hand.
Pass the open hand back over the first,

 

And then there were four.
... and hold out four fingers.

Continue these motions for the following verses:
 

Four little seashells, pretty as can be.
Swish went the waves. Then there were three.

Three little seashells, all pearly new.
Swish went the waves. Then there were two.

Two little seashells, lying in the sun.
Swish went the waves. Then there was one.

One little seashell, lying all alone.
I picked it up.
Point one finger in the air
I took it home.   ...and put it in your pocket.

 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

 

5 little monkeys jumping on the bed (Hold up 5 fingers and move hand up and down)

1 fell off and bumped his head (Rub head with hand)

Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed.” (Point index finger and move it back and forth)

Repeat rhyme for: 4 little monkeys… 3 little monkeys… 2 little monkeys…

1 little monkey jumping on the bed (Hold up 1 finger and move hand up and down)

She/He fell off and bumped her head (Rub head with hand)

Momma called the doctor and the doctor said, “Put that monkey straight to bed!” (Point index finger and move it back and forth)

 5 small piggies

This Little Piggy

(Hold up 5 fingers, and point to appropriate finger.)

 

This little piggy went to market, (thumb)

 

This little piggy stayed at home, (index)

 

This little piggy had roast beef, (middle)

 

This little piggy had none. (ring finger)

 

This little piggy went “Wee, wee, wee,” (pinkie)

All the way home!

 

Five little fishes

(Hold up all 5 fingers. Bend them down 1 by 1, starting with the thumb.)

Five little fishes were swimming near the shore,

One took a dive then there were 4.

Four little fishes were swimming out to sea,

One went for food then there were 3.

Three little fishes said, “Now what shall we do?”

One swam away and then there were 2.

Two little fishes were having great fun,

But one took a plunge and then there was 1.

One little fish said, “I like the warm sun.”

Away he went and then there were none.

 

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain
and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Alternately touch the thumb of one hand to the index finger of the other.
Hold both hands up and wiggle the fingers as the hands are lowered.
Sweep the hands from side to side.
Raise both hands and sweep to the sides to form a semicircle as the sun.
Wiggle fingers upwards.
(as in the first line)

 

Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumkin?
(Hide hands behind back)
Here I am! Here I am!
(Show L thumb, then R thumb)
How are you today, sir?
(Wiggle L thumb)
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle R thumb)
Run away, run away.
(Hide LH behind back, then RH)

2. Where is Pointer?....
3. Tall man?....
4. Ring man?....
5. Little man (or Pinkie)?....

6. Where is family? Where is family?....
(Hide hands behind back)
Here we are! Here we are!
(Show LH, fingers erect, then RH)
How are you today, sirs?
(Wiggle fingers of LH)
Very well, we thank you,
(Wiggle fingers of RH)
Run away, run away.
(Hide LH behind back, then RH)

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

And eyes, and ears, and mouth,
And nose.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Place both hands on parts of body as they are mentioned. On second time speed up, and get faster with each verse.

 

Johnny pounds with one hammer.

 

Johnny pounds with one hammer (Preschool)

(You can substitute child’s name for ‘Johnny’)

Johnny pounds with 1 hammer, 1 hammer, 1 hammer. (Pound with 1 fist in rhythm)

Johnny pounds with 1 hammer all day long.

Johnny pounds with 2 hammers, 2 hammers, 2 hammers. (Pound with both fists)

Johnny pounds with two hammers all day long.

Johnny pounds with 3 hammers, 3 hammers, 3 hammers. (Pound 2 fists, stomp 1 foot)

Johnny pounds with 3 hammers all day long.

Johnny pounds with 4 hammers, 4 hammers, 4 hammers. (Pound 2 fists, stomp booth feet)

Johnny pounds with 4 hammers all day long.

Johnny pounds with 5 hammers, 5 hammers, 5 hammers. (Pound 2 fists, stomp feet, nod head)

Johnny pounds with 5 hammers all day long.

Johnny is so tired, so tired, so tired. (Continue pounding in slow motion)

Johnny is so tired all day long.

Johnny goes to sleep now, to sleep now, to sleep now. (Stop pounding, drop head and close eyes)

Johnny goes to sleep now, all night long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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