Finger and hand play J-N

Johnny Puppet dances

Lirum, larum, Little Thumbkin, dance!

Little fishes swim along

Little robin redbreast sat upon a rail

Little robin redbreast sat upon a tree

Little seeds

Look at the terrible crocodile

Mister Turkey and Mister Duck

My hands upon my head I’ll place

Last updated: 6/20/2017 8:36 PM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled,

illustrated and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

Return to the ‘Singing games for children’ home page

To listen to music from these songs click on 🔊

To watch the author sing a song click on the title at:

 

© Dany Rosevear 2013 All rights reserved

You are free to copy, distribute, display and perform these works under the following conditions:

·       you must give the original author credit

·       you may not use this work for commercial purposes

·       for any re-use or distribution, you must make clear to others the licence terms of this work

·       any of these can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder

Your fair use and other rights are no way affected by the above.


 

 

 

Johnny Puppet dances O

 

Unlike many songs for children this one is in the minor key.

Use the forefinger and thumb to dance on the named body part.

Once children are familiar with this song dance fingers on other parts of the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little Johnny dances,

On my thumb he dances.

On my thumb, thumb, thumb,

Johnny Puppet dances.

 

Little Johnny dances,

On my arm he dances.

On my arm, arm, arm, arm,

On my thumb, thumb, thumb,

Johnny Puppet dances.

 

Little Johnny dances,

On my head he dances.

On my head, head, head,

On my thumb, thumb, thumb,

Johnny Puppet dances.


 

 

Lirum, larum, Little Thumbkin, dance! O

 

 


This is said to be a traditional German children’s game though I have yet to find the original in that language. It is most probably a song developed in the U.S.A. from people of German stock.

 

Wiggle fingers individually and then together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lirum, larum, Little Thumbkin, dance!

Lirum, larum, Little Thumbkin, dance!

Other fingers keep quite still,

Waiting, waiting patiently.

Little Thumbkin, dance!

 

Lirum, larum, Pointer Finger, dance! etc.

 

Lirum, larum, Tall Man, Tall Man, dance! etc.

 

Lirum, larum, Ring Man, Ring Man, dance!

 

Lirum, larum, Little Finger, dance! etc.

Lirum, larum, Every finger dance!

Lirum, larum, Every finger dance!

No more fingers keeping still,

No one waiting patiently,

Every finger dance!

 


 


 

 

Little fishes swim along 🔊

 

 


This sea themed rhyme was written by Steve Grocott. Find out more about his musical activities for children ‘Bright Sparks’, workshops and delightful CDs at: http://www.dronesmusic.net/page.php?pageid=childrens.

Music and hand play by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Cross and more forefingers to make little fish swim. 2. Place one hand on top of the other with thumbs out and move from side to side. 3. Move hands, palms facing, up and down like sharks jaws. 4. Arms make shape of whale, throw up hands to make it spout. 5. Chant: Point down, shake finger and put hands to cheek. Cross forefingers as before and shoot off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little fishes swim along,

Flipper flapper, flipper flapper.

Bigger fishes sing this song,

Swish, swash, swish, swash.

After them there comes a shark

Snap! Snap!

And the great big whale goes Blow! Whoosh!

SPOKEN:

Deep in the deep,

The shark never sleeps,

Little fishes swim away,

For to live another day. Hooray!

 


 

 

 

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a rail  O

 

 


Two little robin hand rhymes that work well together.

Melody by Dany Rosevear.

 

Rhyme 1: Shape right hand like a bird on the extended forefinger of the left hand. Nod hand up and down. Waggle little finger of the right hand from side to side.

Rhyme 2: Cross wrists and flap hands. Open and close forefinger to make beak ‘talk’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little Robin Redbreast

Sat upon a rail;

Niddle, noddle went his head,

Wiggle, waggle went his tail.

 

Little Robin Redbreast

Came to visit me;

This is what he whistled,

“Thank you for my tea.”


 

 

 

Little robin redbreast sat upon a tree O

 

Britain’s favourite bird features in this action song.

You will need to make up your own actions for the second verse or watch the video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little robin redbreast sat upon a tree,

Raise one hand high.

Up went pussy cat and down went he!

Hand two creeps up and first comes down.

Down came pussy cat, away robin ran,

Hand two comes down, hand one creeps away.

Said little robin redbreast, Pause

"Catch me if you can!"

 

Little robin redbreast jumped upon a spade,

Pussy cat jumped after him, and then he was afraid.

Little robin chirped and sang and what did pussy say?

Pussy cat said "Meow", and robin flew away.

 


 

 

Little seeds 🔊

 

 


A hand play for Spring to illustrate the life cycle.

Words by Lucille F. Wood and music by Louise B. Scott from ‘Singing fun’ first published 1962.

 

Enclose fist with the other hand. Put hands to cheek. Wiggle widespread fingers. Fingers move downwards. Hands make waves. Forefinger appears out of closed hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Seeds are buried deep, deep, deep;

In the soil they sleep, sleep, sleep.

Yellow sunbeams bright, bright, bright;

Raindrops falling light, light, light;

Gentle breezes blow, blow, blow;

Little seeds begin to grow.

 


 

 

 

Look at the terrible crocodile O

 

A game played in pairs.

One child opens and closes the palms of their hands as the second child places one hand on top of the other and sticks thumbs out to swim like a fish. On the third line the ‘crocodile’ opens jaws wide – arms open and close. The ‘fishy’ inches nearer but on the last line swims away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Look at the terrible crocodile,

I-oh, I-oh, I-oh.

He’s swimming down the river Nile,

I-oh, I-oh, I-oh.

See how his jaws are open wide,

I-oh, I-oh, I-oh.

A poor little fishy is swimming inside…….

Spoken

Oh no he isn’t, he’s swimming the other way!

Sung

I-oh, I-oh, I-oh.

 


 

 

Mister Turkey and Mister Duck O

 

 


Also suitable for younger ones at Thanksgiving time.

 

1. Hide hands behind the back 2. Bring out left hand and put thumb and forefinger together.3. Do the same with the right hand. 4. Open and close thumb and forefinger for each ‘gobble’. 5.  Do the same for each ‘quack’ 6. Return hands behind back. 7. Right hand returns for a final ‘quack’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mister Turkey went out one day in bright sunshiny weather.

He met Mister Duck along the way; they stopped to talk together,

“Gobble, gobble, gobble!” “Quack, quack, quack!”

“Gobble, gobble, gobble!” “Quack, quack, quack!”

And then they both went back! "Quack!"

 


 

 

My hands upon my head I'll place 🔊

 

 


A nursery song from the 1950s.

It is fascinating to find so many different versions of this song on the internet, all grown from the original in 1954 written by Louise B. Scott with music by Lucille F. Wood.

The essence of the song, however, remains as it has been passed from one nursery to another over the decades.

 

Move fingers and hands as suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My hands upon my head I'll place,

Upon my shoulders, on my face,

At my waist, and by my side,

And then behind me they will hide.

Then I will raise them way up high

And let my fingers fly, fly, fly.

Then clap, clap, clap, and one, two, three…

Just see how quiet they can be.

 


Return to the ‘Singing games for children’ home page