Finger and hand play C-F

Chicken in the barnyard

Clapping mouse

Come-a-look-a-see

Dance, Thumbkin, dance

Dance your fingers up

Dig a little hole.

Down in the grass, curled up in a heap

Fee, fi, fo, fum, see my fingers

Fingers like to wiggle waggle

Fingers, thumbs and toes

Five little mice on the pantry floor

Fuzzy little caterpillar

Last updated: 10/3/2018 10:20 AM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled,

illustrated and with music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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Chicken in the barnyard 🔊

 

 


A hand play for Thanksgiving or any other time.

 

Line 1&2. Peck quickly on child’s palm. 3. Creep fingers up child’s arm. 4. Tickle child’s neck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chicken in the barnyard,

Staying out of trouble.

Along came a turkey,

And…“Gobble, gobble, gobble!”

 


 

 

The clapping mouse 🔊

 

 


Keep the beat.

 

Clap in rhythm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Behind the tree, (clap, clap)

And under the house, (clap, clap)

There lived a teeny, (clap, clap)

Tiny mouse. (clap, clap)

 

She loved to sing, (clap, clap)

She loved to tap, (clap, clap)

But most of all, (clap, clap)

She loved to clap. (clap, clap)

 

She clapped all night, (clap, clap)

She clapped all day, (clap, clap)

She clapped to frighten, (clap, clap)

The cat away! (clap, clap, clap, clap)


 

 

 

Come-a-look-a-see 🔊

 

 


A fingerplay with a calypso rhythm from the Caribbean. Use your own children’s names.

 

1. Wiggle thumb. 2. Wiggle first finger 3. Wiggle middle finger. 4. Wiggle ring finger and little finger. 5. Mwah! Kiss all fingers together, with a loud smack then wiggle all fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Come-a-look-a-see,

Here’s my mama,

Come-a-look-a-see,

Here’s my papa,

Come-a-look-a-see,

My brother tall,

Sister, baby, Mwah!

We love them all!

 

Come-a-look-a-see,

Here’s my mamma,

Come-a-look-a-see,

Here’s my papa,

Come-a-look-a-see,

Here’s Ethan tall,

Isaac, Emilia, Mwah!

We love them all!

 


 

 

 

Dance, Thumbkin, dance O

 

Make fingers dance individually and together.

 It is more fun for a young child if individual fingers are marked with faces or draw faces on sticky circles.

 

1.     Wiggle thumb 2. Make all fingers dance.

Do the same for subsequent fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dance, Thumbkin, dance,

Dance, Thumbkin, dance,

Thumbkin cannot dance alone,

So dance, you merry men, every one,

Dance, Thumbkin, dance.

 

Dance, Pointer, dance,

Dance, Pointer, dance,

For Pointer cannot dance alone,

So dance, you merry men, every one,

Dance, Pointer, dance.

 

Dance, Tallman, dance…

Dance, Ringman, dance…

Dance, Baby, dance…

 


 

 

Dance your fingers up O

 

 


Get those fingers moving.

Simple tune and arrangement by Dany Rosevear.

 

Make fingers dance as the words suggest! Put hands to the cheek on the last line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dance your fingers up,

Dance your fingers down,

Dance your fingers to the side,

Dance them all around.

 

Dance them on your shoulders,

Dance them on your head,

Dance them on your tummy,

And put them all to bed.


 

 

Dig a little hole 🔊

 

 


A simple hand play to accompany gardening projects.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear based on Incy Wincy Spider.

 

1.  Make digging movements. 2. Drop seed into cupped hand.. 3. Pour water. 4. Pull and throw away. 5. Make chasing motion with hands. 6. Shade eyes and shoo with other hand. 7. Circle arms above head. 8. Hands grow upwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dig a little hole.

Plant a little seed

Pour on a little water.

Pull a little weed.

Chase a little bug.

Heigh-ho, there he goes.

Give a little sunshine.

Watch it grow, grow, grow.


 

 

 

Down in the grass, curled up in a heap O

 

 


A hand rhyme for the summer when snakes are lazing in the sunshine.

 

Children’s BBC used the rhyme on 27th July 1987 as ‘Down in the grass, curled up in a heap, Lies a great big dragon, fast asleep…’

 

Rest one arm on the table and put thumb and fingertips together to represent the snake’s head. Move arm as suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Down in the grass, curled up in a heap,

Lies a big snake, fast asleep.

When he hears the grass blow,

He moves his body to and fro.

Up and down and in and out,

See him slowly move about.

Now his jaws are open so,

Snap! He’s caught my finger! Oh

 


 

 

Fee, fi, fo, fum, see my fingers

 

A little dexterity is needed for this game as the thumb touches each finger.

 

1. Touch each finger with the thumb 2. Hold up four fingers. 3. Hold up thumb. 4.  Touch each finger with the thumb again. 5. Wave fingers and curl downwards. 6. Wiggle thumb and tuck into fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fee, fi, fo, fum,

See my fingers,

See my thumb.

Fee, fi, fo, fum,

Good-bye fingers,

And good-bye thumb.

 


 

Fingers like to wiggle waggle O

 

Learn to follow simple positional directions with this nursery favourite for the very young.

 

Wiggle fingers as suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle,

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Right in front of me.

 

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle,

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

High above my head.

 

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle,

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Right down to the floor.

 

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle,

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Right out to the sides.

 

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle,

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,

Right in front of me.

 


 

 

Fingers, thumbs and toes 🔊

 

 


Identify different parts of the body.

This came from ‘New nursery jingles’ by Elizabeth Barnard 1939. Adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear. The original version had ‘Have you got all those?’ which can still be sung but you might need to be sensitive to disabilities in your group of children.

 

Point to each part of the body as it is sung, last line wag finger. Repeat and then nod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fingers, thumbs and toes;

Eyes and ears and nose;

Lips and chin;

Hair and skin;

Can you find all those?

 

Fingers, thumbs and toes;

Eyes and ears and nose;

Lips and chin;

Hair and skin;

Yes, we can find all those?

 


 

 

 

Five little mice on the pantry floor 🔊

 

 


A hand play by Emiile Poulsson. Music by Cornelia C. Roeske.

Arranged and adapted by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Five fingers of left hand scurry on right. 2. Put right hand to brow. 3. Put fingers on raised right hand. 4. Open and close thumbs and forefingers. 5. Thumbs and forefingers make circles round eyes, stroke whiskers. 6. Right hand pounces, left hides behind back.7. Hands on hips.8. Cross hands to chest, show five fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five little mice on the pantry floor,

Seeking for bread-crumbs or something more;

Five little mice on the shelf up high,

Feasting so daintily on a pie.

 

But the big round eyes of the wise old cat

See what the five little mice are at.

Quickly she jumps! But the mice run away,

And hide in their snug little holes all day.

 

“Feasting in pantries may be very nice;

But home is the best!” say the five little mice.

 


 

 

 

Fuzzy little caterpillar O

 

 


Wonder at the metamorphism of the caterpillar to a butterfly.

Words by Emilie Poulsson from ‘Finger Plays for Nursery and Kindergarten’. Music by June Tillman from ‘Kokoleoko’

 

Verse 1: Move hand forwards with thumb outstretched. Hide thumb in fist. Hand to eyes. Throw hands out.  Verse 2: Curl other hand round fist and squeeze. Roll forefingers round. Rotate thumb. Put hands to cheek. Verse 3: Move fist round. Poke thumb through fist. Hands back to back and flap. Cross hands and fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fuzzy little caterpillar

Crawling, crawling on the ground!

Fuzzy little caterpillar,

Nowhere, nowhere to be found,

Though we've looked and looked and hunted

Everywhere around!

 

When the little caterpillar

Found his furry coat too tight,

Then a snug cocoon he made him

Spun of silk so soft and light;

Rolled himself away within it -

Slept there day and night.

 

See how this cocoon is stirring!

Now a little head we spy -

What! Is this our caterpillar?

Spreading gorgeous wings to dry?

Soon the free and happy creature

Flutters gaily by.

 

 

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