Fingerplay

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Two Little Blackbirds Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill, (place 2 forefingers on shoulders to represent birds) One named Jack.

(hold one forefinger out) One named Jill.

(hold other forefinger out) Fly away, Jack. Fly away, Jill.

(make one hand and then the other "fly away.") Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill.

(bring hands back to shoulders one at a time).

Grandmother's Glasses Here are grandma's glasses, (Make "glasses" over eyes with fingers) Here is grandma's cap (fold hands over head) And this is the way she folds her hands (fold hands) And lays them in her lap.

(place hands in lap) Choo! Choo! Choo-o! Choo-o! Choo! Choo! (run finger along arm to shoulder slowly) This little train goes up the track, Choo! Choo! Choo! Choo! (at shoulder turn "train" and head down arm) But this little train comes quickly back, Choo-choo-choo-choo! Choo-choo-choo-choo! (repeat last line) (run fingers down arm quickly) Whoo-o! Whoo-w! Whoo-o-oo! (imitate train whistle) Unwind the Thread Unwind, wind the thread.

Unwind, wind the thread.

Pull the thread, pull the thread.

Clap, clap, clap.

(rotate arms one around the other, first outward, then at "wind," inward towards the body; motion of pulling "thread" and and clapping Shake Your Hands Shake your hands and clap, clap, clap Shake your hands and fold them in your lap.

(Suit actions to words> Clap, Two, Three, Four! Clap, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Clap hands) Shake, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Shake fingers) Slap, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Slap table or knees. Not too hard!) Roll, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Rotate one hand around the other) Snap, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Snap fingers) Tap, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Pound fists) Push, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Push hands forward) Clap, two, three, four, five, six, seven. (Clap hands) Open, Shut Them Open, shut them; Open, shut them, Give a little clap, Open, shut them; Open, shut them, Lay them in your lap.

Creep them; creept them, Creep them; creep them, Right up to your chin, Open wide your little mouth But do not put them in.

Open, shut them; Open, shut them, To your shoulder fly Let them, like the little birdies Flutter to the sky.

Falling, falling, downward falling Almost to the ground, Quickly raising all your fingers Twirl them 'round and 'round and 'round Halloween Here's five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

This one says, "My, it's getting late." This one says, "There are black cats everywhere." This one says, "I don't care." This one says, "It's all for Halloween fun." And the other one says, "We better run." "Woo-o-o," goes the wind.

Out goes the light! And the five little pumpkins run quickly out of sight.

There Was a Little Turtle There was a little turtle, (make small circle with hands) He lived in a box, (make a box with both hands) He swam in a puddle, (wiggle hands) And climbed on the rocks.

(climb fingers of one hand up over the other) He snapped at a mosquito.

(clap hands) He snapped at a flea.

(clap hands) He snapped at a minnow.

(clap hands) He snapped at me.

(point at self) He caught the mosquito.

(hold hand up, palm forward; quickly bend fingers shut) He caught the flea> (same) He caught the minnow.

(same) But he didn't catch me.

(bend fingers only half way shut)