Finger and hand play A2-B

Afloat, afloat in a golden boat / Sailing

All fingers and thumbs

All the fish are swimming in the water

Alligator, alligator long and green

Alligator and the frog

Animals up the hill

Bear in a cave

Big bugs, small bugs

Birdie, birdie

Bugs are neat

Building up my house

 

Last updated: 10/11/2021 3:58 PM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled,

illustrated and with music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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Afloat, afloat in a golden boat / Sailing 🔊

 

 


Sailing’ is a rhyme by Lucy Flitch Perkins from ‘Boys and Girls Bookshelf, A Practical Plan of Character Building’ published in 1915. Music by Dany Rosevear.

All children need for this rhyme is a box or washing basket for role play; the hand play below should work well.

 

Line 1. Cup and rock hands. 2. Pull up sail then hands faced down move like the breeze. 3. Steer boat, put telescope to eye. 4. Hands to cheek. 5. Wave and drink tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Afloat, afloat, in a golden boat!

Hoist the sail to the breeze!

Steer by a star to lands afar

That sleep in the southern seas,

And then come home to our teas.

 


 

 

 

All the fish are swimming in the water  🔊

 

 


This song is adapted from the old Dutch nursery rhyme. Sing this song using other creatures that move in or on the water. Young children will love to suggest other ideas!

 

1. With one hand on top of the other and thumbs out swish; Then (each time) make hands in a circle grow larger and larger and then give a big clap to POP!

2. Swish with hands together vertically. Rub tummy. 3. Cross forefingers and make them ‘swim’. 4. Reach hands up to make them ‘spout’. 5. Flap hands to ‘paddle’. 6. Hands ‘splash’ water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All the fish are swimming in the water,

Swimming in the water, swimming in the water,

All the fish are swimming in the water,

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

 

All the sharks are hungry for their dinner,

Hungry for their dinner, hungry for their dinner,

All the sharks are hungry for their dinner,

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

 

All the little fish are dipping and a-diving,

Dipping and a-diving, dipping and a-diving,

All the little fish are dipping and a-diving,

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

 

Great big whales are spouting in the water,

Spouting in the water, spouting in the water,

Great big whales are spouting in the water,

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

 

All the ducks are paddling in the water,

Paddling in the water, paddling in the water,

All the ducks are paddling in the water,

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

 

All the children are splashing in the water,

Splashing in the water, splashing in the water,

All the children are splashing in the water,

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

 


 

 

 

Alligator, alligator long and green

 

 


Talk about the difference between crocodiles and alligators and where they live.

 

Move arms up and down, stroke length of arm. Repeat with fingers like teeth. Hands snap the air in different directions. Shake finger and point to self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alligator, alligator,

Long and green.

Alligator, alligator,

Teeth so mean;

Snapping at a fly,

Snapping at a bee,

Snapping at a frog,

But you can’t catch me!

 


 

 

 

Alligator and the frog 🔊

 

 


A reptile and amphibian hand play.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Stretch right hand open and close thumb and fingers. 2. Rest right hand on the left arm. 3. Draw a circle with your finger. 4. Circle fingers round eyes. 5. Make a diving movement with right hand.  6. Roll arms around each other. 7. Clap hands. 8. Make swimming movements with the hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Once there was an alligator,

Sitting on a log;

Down in the pool

He saw a little frog.

In went the alligator,

Round went the log,

Splash! Went the water,

Away swam the frog!

 


 

 

 

Animals up the hill

 

 


A folk hand play game from Malaysia.

We lived as a family in Kuala Lumpur in the 1950s but sadly we did not learn any Malayan rhymes and songs when we were there.

 

Turtle: Slow fingers creep up arm. Rabbit:  Finger rabbit ears bounce up arm Elephant: Fist thumps up arm. Snake: Fingers slither up arm. Rock: Fingers bounce down arm and land in hand. Finish with a clap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here goes the turtle up the hill,

Creepy, creepy, creepy, creepy.

Here goes the rabbit up the hill,

Boing, boing, boing, boing.

Here goes the elephant up the hill,

Thud, thud, thud, thud.

Here goes the snake up the hill,

Slither, slither, slither, slither.

Here comes a rock DOWN the hill,

Boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH!

 


 

 

Bear in a cave 🔊

 

 


A hand play for winter.

 

1. Cup hand to make a cave, thumb inside is the bear. 2. Pop thumb up.

3. Fan self. 4. Circle eyes with thumbs and forefingers, pretend to eat.

5. Hands fall like snow, bear returns to cave. 6. Flutter snow down over cave.

7. Open hand to show sleeping bear and the close it.8. Hands push snow aside. Pop thumb up out of ‘cave’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is a cave, inside is a bear,

Now he comes out to get some fresh air.

He stays out all summer in the sunshine and heat,

Hunting in the forest for berries to eat.

 

When snow starts to fall, he hurries inside

To his warm little cave, and there he will hide.

Snow covers the cave like a fluffy white rug,

But inside the bear sleeps, all cosy and snug.

 

When Spring comes again, the snow melts away,

And out comes the bear, all ready to play!

 


 

 

Big bugs, small bugs 🔊

 

 


Not sure where the first verse originated but the two further verses and arrangement of the music are by Dany Rosevear. It could also be played as a movement activity

 

Verse 1. Forefingers show big and small. Hand to heart. Wiggle finger high. Shake finger. Wiggle all fingers. 2.Repeat first two actions. Cross forefingers and make them fly, fly high. Whirl forefingers. Open hands under chin. As before. 3 Wiggle forefingers like worms. Fingers make tears under eyes. Whirl finger up high. Hands to eyes. Tap ears. Fingers hop. Shake finger, touch knees. Throw out hands. Wiggle fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Big bugs, small bugs,

We love all bugs,

See them crawl,

Up and down the wall.

On the ceiling crawling,

Never, ever falling

Bugs, bugs, bugs,

Bugs, bugs, bugs.

 

Big bugs, small bugs,

We love all bugs,

See them fly,

Up, up in the sky.

Round the garden zooming,

As the flowers are blooming

Bugs, bugs, bugs,

Bugs, bugs, bugs.

 

Creepy, creepy crawlies,

Looking rather poorly;

Flying round the light,

When it’s dark at night.

Buzzing out of doors bees,

Hopping on the floor fleas,

Not upon my knees please,

Who loves bugs?

Bugs, bugs, bugs.

 


 

 

 

Birdie, birdie 🔊

 

 


The first verse from ‘Merrily, merrily’ can be found in the ‘Nursing Mother’s Association of Australia’, the two further verses are by Dany Rosevear.

It could also easily be played as a movement activity,

 

Verse 1. Open and close thumb and forefinger. Cup hands. Make tree with arm and fingers. Run fingers up and down. Open and close thumb and forefinger. 2. Cup hands. Make hole with thumb and forefingers. Cuddle self. Hold up five fingers.Cross wrists and flap hands. 3.Continue to flap hands. Ring arm as birds fly round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Birdie, birdie where’s your nest?

Up in the tree where I love best.

Up and down the ivy tree,

Come little birdie sing to me!

 

I build my nest in a hollow tree,

Cosy and warm as it could be.

Five little chicks you soon will see,

Then watch how my birdies follow me.

 

Follow, follow, follow me,

Watch how my birdies follow me;

Round and round the ivy tree,

All of my birdies follow, follow me.

All of my birdies follow, follow me.

 


 

 

 

 

Bugs are neat O

 

 


A rhyme by Ann Smith who wrote several bugs poems and rhymes for ‘Bugs Bugs Bugs! Resource Kit’ an early learning programme for Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia:  https://museumvictoria.com.au/pages/2085/bugs-bugs-bugs-rhymes-music.pdf.

Tune arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Line .1 Put up one thumb and then the other. 2. Run fingers over back of hand. 3. Run fingers up palm of hand and up arm. Link thumbs and flap hands. 4. Run fingers very fast up arm and over back of head. 5. Hold up six fingers. 6. Interlace fingers, turn upside down and wiggle. 7. Point to eyes then make four fingers on each hand scuttle. 8. Wiggle forefingers then hide hands behind the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bugs are neat, bugs are sweet,

Bugs are small and tickly,

Some can crawl and some can fly

And some can run so quickly.

Beetles always have six legs,

Millipedes have many,

Spiders have eight eyes, eight legs

But earthworms don’t have any!


 

 

Building up my house 🔊

 

 


From BBC’s Playschool, written by Peter Charlton. Listen to the original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV18hka3eb4&start_radio=1&list=RDQV18hka3eb4&t=974

 

1. Use fists to build up house, slap hands for slurps. Put up four fingers, hands make pointed roof. 2. Make sawing motion then hammer hand.  Fists as before, look proud, point to self. 3. Put up four fingers, draw windos, doors and chimney. Make finger raindrops. Knock, flat hand for rug. Wave hands across body for wind. Fists as before, look proud, point to self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Put a brick on a brick and a brick on a brick,

And I’ll build up my house so high,

Put a brick on a brick then a brick on a brick,

And my house will grow so high.

With a slurp and a slurp and a slurp slap slurp.

And four walls soon there’ll be.

Put a roof on top and a chimney pot

And a very fine house you’ll see.

 

Then some wood I’ll saw for the windows and the door

And I build up my house so high,

With a hammer and a nail and you know I’ll never fail

To build up my house so high.

With a sh and a sh and sh-sh-sh

I will build up my house so high,

With a rap tap-tap and a rap-a-tap-tap,

It’s a very fine house say I.

 

‘Cos I’ve got four walls, four windows and a door,

And a chimney on the roof,

When the raindrops fall I won’t mind at all,

For my house is weatherproof

There’s a knocker on the door and a rug upon the floor,

And inside it’s warm and dry,

Let the cold winds blow I won’t mind I know

In my very fine house so high, high, high,

It’s a very fine house say I.


 

 

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