Finger and hand play O-S

Old Tom Tomato

Once a little apple seed

Once I saw a little bird

One little finger

Open, shut them

Put your finger on your head

Right hand, left hand

Roly-poly caterpillar

See, see, see, three birds are in a tree

Something in my pocket

Sometimes my hands are by my side

Stars are twinkling in the sky

Sunflower, sunflower

 

Last updated: 10/31/2017 8:23 PM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled,

illustrated and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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Old Tom Tomato O

 

 


For a gardening or fruit focus.

 

1-3. make fist into a ball. 4. Open mouth and put fingers in. 5--7. Stroke throat.

8. hold out hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Old Tom Tomato, like a red ball,

Basked in the sunshine by the garden wall.

Along came … with his mouth open wide

And old Tom Tomato popped inside.

Down, down, down, down the red lane -

We won’t see old Tom Tomato again.

But … just chuckled and said ‘Ha ha!

I like red tomatoes, please give me some more.’

 


 

 

Once a little apple seed  🔊

 

 


Demonstrate the wonder of new life burgeoning from the tiny to the large. Talk about how other things grow from tiny beginnings.

This song can also be sung to ‘Incy wincy spider’.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

‘Plant’ seed in the palm. Fingers moving downwards indicate rain falling. Draw a big circle to make the sun, wiggle fingers to make rays. Tap palm then place hands together and move them upwards and out to ‘grow’ the apple tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Once a little apple seed, was planted in the ground,

Down came the raindrops, falling all around.

Out came the big sun, as bright as bright could be,

And that little apple seed grew up, to be an apple tree!


 

 

 

Once I saw a little bird O

 

 


A Mother Goose nursery rhyme and hand play game.

 

1. Make thumb and forefinger open and close. 2. Forefinger hops on palm of hand. 3. Hold up palm of hand. 4. Make window shape then wave hand. 5. Wag first two fingers up and down. 6. Cross wrists and flap hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Once I saw a little bird

Come hop, hop, hop;

So I said, "Little bird,

Won’t you stop, stop, stop?"

I was going to the window

To say, "How do you do?”

But he shook his little tail,

And away he flew.


 

 

 

One little finger O

 

This is the version I sang in the 1980s. The most recent ones have a different tune and words.

 

Make the movements suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little finger, one little finger,

One little finger, tap, tap, tap!

Point to the ceiling, point to the floor

And lay it in your lap, lap, lap.

 

Two little fingers, two little fingers,

Two little fingers, tap, tap, tap!

Point to the ceiling, point to the floor

And lay them in your lap, lap, lap.

 

Three little fingers, three little fingers...

 

Four little fingers, four little fingers...

 

Five little fingers, five little fingers

Five little fingers, tap, tap, tap

Point to the ceiling, point to the floor

And then behind your back, back, back!

 


 

Open, shut them O

 

You can find many versions of this on the internet but this one works for me.

 

The words tell you what to do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Open, shut them, open, shut them,

Give a little clap, clap clap!

Open, shut them, open, shut them,

Lay them in your lap, lap, lap.

 

Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them,

Right up to your chin, chin chin.

Open up your little mouth,

But do not let them in, in, in!

 

Open, shut them, open, shut them,

To your shoulders fly, fly, fly!

Now like all the little birdies,

Fly up in the sky, sky, sky.

 

Roll them, roll them, roll them, roll them,

Roll them just like this, this, this.

Wave them, wave them, wave them, wave them,

Blow a little kiss, kiss, kiss.

 


 

 

Put your finger on your head O

 

This song was written for children by Woody Guthrie; inevitably through the folk process in the classroom words have changed slightly.

 

Make the movements suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Put your finger on your head, on your head;

Put your finger on your head, on your head;

Put your finger on your head;

Tell me is it green or red?

Put your finger on your head, on your head.

 

Put your finger on your nose, on your nose;

Put your finger on your nose, on your nose;

Put your finger on your nose

And feel the cold wind blow,

Put your finger on your nose, on your nose.

 

Put your finger on your cheek, on your cheek;

Put your finger on your cheek, on your cheek;

Put your finger on your cheek

And leave it for a week,

Put your finger on your cheek, on your cheek.

 

Put your finger on your ear, on your ear...

And leave it for a year,

Put your finger on your ear on your ear

 

Put your finger on your finger, on your finger,

Put your finger on your finger, on your finger,

Put your finger on your finger, on your finger, on your finger;

Put your finger on your finger on your finger.

 

Put your fingers all together; all together...

And never mind the weather...

 

 


 

 

Right hand, left hand 🔊

 

 


Learn to identify left and right hands.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

1. Raise left hand. 2. Show right palm and then left. 3. Roll hands around. 4. Show left palm and then right. 5. Pound fists together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is my right hand,

I'll raise it up high.

This is my left hand,

I'll touch the sky.

Right hand, left hand,

Roll them around,

Left hand, right hand,

Pound, pound, pound!


 

 

Roly-poly caterpillar

 

 


This can also be played with a baby creeping fingers down arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roly-poly caterpillar into a corner crept,

(creep finger down arm to the palm)

Spun himself a blanket

(roll arms)

And for a long time slept.

(lay hands to cheek)

Roly poly caterpillar woke up by and by;

(open fists and stretch arms)

Found himself with pretty wings,

Changed to a butterfly!

(hook thumbs and flutter fingers)

 


 

 

See, see, see, three birds are in a tree 🔊

 

 


A Dutch nursery classic. I have been unable to find the original Dutch version of this song – let me know if you have this information.

Make up your own rhyming verses; I made up the third verse.

 

1. Shade eyes with hands. 2. Hold up three fingers. 3. Point to thumb, index finger and middle finger, then rock baby bird in arms. 4. As before.

Verse 2. And 3. Turn hand upside down for third

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See, see, see,

Three birds are in a tree;

One can chirp

And one can sing

One is just a tiny thing.

See, See, See

Three birds are in a tree

 

Look, look, look,

Three ducks are in a brook;

One is white, and one is brown,

One is swimming upside down,

Look, look, look

Three ducks are in a brook.

 

Hey, hey, hey,

Three monkeys out at play,

One can bounce and one can swing

One can do most anything.

Hey, hey, hey,

Three monkeys out at play.

 

 


 

 

Something in my pocket 🔊

 

 


Ready to put on your smile – what a difference it makes!

 

1. Point to pocket on chest. 2. Tap cheeks. 3. Place hands on pocket. 4. Nod.

5. Shake finger. 6. Take out smile and put it on face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’ve got something in my pocket

That belongs across my face,

I keep it very close at hand,

In a most convenient place.

I know you couldn’t guess it

If you guessed a long, long while.

So I’ll take it out and put it on,

It’s a great big friendly SMILE!

 


 

 

Sometimes my hands are at my side 🔊

 

 


A calming down song. Change the last line to describe next quiet activity.

Tune by Dany Rosevear.

 

Make actions to suit the explicit words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sometimes my hands are at my side;

Then behind my back they hide.

Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so,

Shake them fast, Shake them slow.

Sometimes my hands go

“Clap, clap, clap!”

Then I rest them in my lap.

Now they’re quiet as quiet can be,

For now it’s storytime, you see.

 


 

 

Stars are twinkling in the sky 🔊

 

 


Words and melody by Alice Olsen.

 

Verse 1. Make fingers ‘twinkle’. Move hands up as the music gats higher and ‘over’ as they shine down. Verse 2. As before. Put hands to cheek and close eyes. Make hands twinkle. Cover eyes then peep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stars are twinkling in the sky,

Way up high, way up high.

Stars are twinkling in the in sky,

Shining down on me.

 

We can see them twinkling bright,

Through the night, through the night.

We can see them twinkling bright,

In the dark night sky.

 

 


 

 

 

Sunflower, sunflower  🔊

 

 


Words by Sanford Jones who also wrote a melody I was unable to find; the tune below is by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Stand tall with hands to face, fingers outstretched, draw a circle. 2. Point then put circled thumb and forefinger to eyes. 3. Stand tall and sweep hands fown and out like leaves. 4. Hand to heart then put hands to face and wiggle fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunflower, sunflower, yellow and round.

You are the prettiest flower I've found.

Tall, straight, full of grace.

I love the light in your bright yellow face.

 

 


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