Finger and hand play A-B

A caterpillar crawled

A chubby little snowman

A crocodile swam in the water

A hedgehog is very prickly

A little child’s walk

A little fish was swimming

A little garden seed

A little green frog

A speckled green frog

A mouse lives in a little hole

A smile is like the sunshine

Afloat, afloat in a golden boat / Sailing

Alligator, alligator long and green

Animals up the hill

Bear in a cave

Bugs are neat

Building up my house

Last updated: 10/9/2018 4:50 PM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled,

illustrated and with music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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A caterpillar crawled 🔊

 

 


A Springtime finger play while learning about metamorphosis and change.

 

1.  Creep fingers up one arm. 2. Place one hand over opposite fist. 3. Twirl finger round. 4. Put hands to cheek. 5. Put hand to mouth. 5. Open hands near eyes, draw sun in a circle. 6. . Spread fingers, hook thumbs then flap hands to fly away .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A caterpillar crawled to the top of a tree,

“I think I’ll take a nap,” says he.

So under a leaf he began to creep

To spin his cocoon, then he fell asleep.

All winter long he slept in his bed,

‘Til spring came along one day and said,

“Wake up, wake up, little sleepyhead,

Wake up, it’s time to get out of bed!”

So, he opened his eyes that sunshiny day,

Wow! He was a butterfly, and flew away!

 


 

 

 

A chubby little snowman O

 

 


Finger play for a snowy day!

 

1.  Hold arms in a circle to make a fat tummy 2. With the left hand make a fist with the thumb sticking out 3. Make a bunny with bent fingers of the right hand, make it hop

4. Turn palms upward and shrug in disbelief 5. Rub tummy 6. Hand to eyes and look around 7. Make the bunny hand hop towards the snowman hand 8. Bunny eats the carrot with two small bites and then one big bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A chubby little snowman, had a carrot nose.

Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny, looking for his lunch;

Ate that snowman's carrot nose

Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!

 


 

 

 

A crocodile swam in the water O

 

 


Be patient and there may well be an answer to your problems!

 

1. Make swimming motions 2. Arms open like a crocodile’s mouth. 3. Place on hand on top of the other with thumbs out and turning. 4. Move hands up and down. 5. Arms close. 6. Put hands to cheek. 7. Arms open. 8. Place hands as in 3 and wiggle away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A crocodile swam in the water,

His mouth was open wide,

A fish swam along in the water,

And he swam right inside.

 

The crocodile's jaws shut tight,

The fish slept inside all night,

The crocodile yawned in the morning light...

And the fish swam away out of sight!

 


 

 

A  hedgehog is very prickly  O

 

 


Add new verses and actions such as: A spider is very tickly, A baby is very cuddly, A frog is very jumpy.

Sing this to the tune of ‘One finger and thumb keep moving’; words gby Sue Nichols.

 

1.  Interlace hands with fingers up. 2. Place one hand on top of the other, make thumbs’ swim’. 3. Open and close palms of hand. 4. Open and close thumb and forefinger. 5. Move arm like a snake. 6. Wiggle finger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A hedgehog is very prickly,

A hedgehog is very prickly,

A hedgehog is very prickly,

It couldn’t be anything else!

 

A fish is very slippery,

A fish is very slippery,

A fish is very slippery,

It couldn’t be anything else!

 

A crocodile’s very snappy,

A crocodile’s very snappy,

A crocodile’s very snappy,

It couldn’t be anything else!

 

A crab is very nippy,

A crab is very nippy,

A crab is very nippy,

It couldn’t be anything else!

 

A snake is very hissy,

A snake is very hissy,

A snake is very hissy,

It couldn’t be anything else!

 

A worm is very wiggly,

A worm is very wiggly,

A worm is very wiggly,

It couldn’t be anything else!

 


 

 

A little child’s walk  🔊

 

 


Or ‘A little boy’s walk” A hand play from Emilie Poulssen’s ‘Finger-play for nursery and kindergarten’ published 1889, with beautifully illustrated with hand movements.

 

Find instructions at:  https://archive.org/details/fingerplaysfornu00poulrich .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little child went walking,

One lovely summer day,

S/he saw a little rabbit

That quickly hopped away;

S/he saw a shining river

Go winding in and out,

And little fishes in it,

Were swimming all about.

 

And slowly slowly turning,

The great wheel of the mill

And then the tall church steeple,

The little church so still;

The bridge above the water,

And when s/he stopped to rest,

S/he saw among the bushes

A wee ground sparrow’s nest.

 

And as s/he watched the birdies

Above the tree tops fly,

S/he saw the clouds a-sailing

Across the sunny sky.

S/he saw the insects playing;

The flowers that summer brings;

S/he said, “I’ll go tell mamma!

I’ve seen so many things!”

 


 

 

A little fish was swimming 🔊

 

 


This hand play requires a little dexterity! The emphasis is on comparative size.

From ‘Sing a song One’ published 1978 by ILEA. Dany Rosevear added the music.

 

1. One finger of left hand, fore finger and thumb of right hand. Right hand swallows left and then swims on. 2. Fore finger and thumb of right hand,  fore finger, middle finger and thumb of left hand. Left hand swallows left and then swims on. 3. Huge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little fish was swimming,

When another came along.

He swallowed up that little fish,

And carried swimming on.

 

That other fish was swimming,

When a big fish came along.

He swallowed up that other fish,

And carried swimming on.

 

That big fish was swimming,

When a huge fish came along.

He swallowed up that big fish,

And carried swimming on.

 

That huge fish was swimming,

When a whale came along.

He swallowed up that huge fish,

And carried swimming on.

 


 

 

A little garden seed  🔊

 

 


A garden hand play from the delightful ‘Pat-a-cake and Beyond’ collection: http://foreverychild.ca/pdf/pat-a-cake.pdf .

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Close right hand. 2. Place fist on left hand. 3. Make sun with arms circled around head. 4. Fingers wiggle. 5. Wiggle fingers downwards then back and forth. 6. Open closed hand. 7. Move hand with fingers together upwards then spread fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little garden seed,

Is lying in its bed;

A warm yellow sun

Is shining overhead.

Down came the raindrops,

Dancing to and fro;

The little seed awakens,

And then it starts to grow!

 


 

 

A little green frog

 

 


This hand play game can also be used as a baby bouncing game.

 

1. Use hand for the leaf and forefinger of the other hand for the frog 2. Place on hand on top of the other with thumbs out and turning to make fish swim 3. Clap hands for the splash and throw out hands for the splash 4. Hop as before.

 

A little green frog in a pond am I;

Hoppity, hoppity, hop.

I sit on a little leaf, high and dry

And watch all the fishes as they swim by -

Splash! How I make the water fly!

Hoppity, hoppity, hop.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

A mouse lives in a little hole O

 

 


Keep mouse safe from the cat.

 

1. Wiggle thumb and pop it in closed fist 2. Cover fist with other hand 3.&4. Lower voice and put finger to mouth 5. Thumb pops out 6. Thumb ‘creeps’ in palm of hand, beckon 7. Thumb ‘creeps’ in palm of hand, indicate cat’s whiskers 8. Throw out hand, look puzzled 9. Cover ‘mouse’ in fist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A mouse lives in a little hole,

Lives softly in a little hole.

When all is quiet as quiet can be,

Out pops he!

Creep, little mouse, come along to me,

Creep, little mouse, I’ve got cake for tea.

Puss, Puss, Puss, Puss, where is the little mouse?

Safe, safe, safe, safe in his little house!

 


 

 

A smile is like the sunshine 🔊

 

 


A simple song of good cheer written by Anna Johnson, 1892-1979 with music by Grietje Terburg Rowley, born 1927. It is published in the ‘Children’s songbook’ part of a comprehensive Mormon’s music library:  https://www.lds.org/music/text/childrens-songbook/a-smile-is-like-the-sunshine?lang=eng&_r=1

 

1. Draw smile and a circle. 2. Wiggle fingers. 3. Point to eyes an make fore fingers twinkle. 4. Frown, make a shooing movement with hands, smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A smile is like the sunshine;

It brightens up the day.

It gives the eye a twinkle

And chases frowns away.

 


 

 

 

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.

 


 

 

 

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!

 


 

 

 

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!

 


 

 

 

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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