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Songs and Fingerplays

In the storytime sessions every week, you'll hear songs and fingerplays (songs or words that come with hand motions). Here is a selection of the ones we use most often.

A-CD-F • G-I • J-L • M-Q • R-Z

A-C

As High as a Horse

As high as a house (reach and stretch up high)ha
As small as a mouse (crouch down)
As wide as a barn (place feet apart, and stretch arms sideways)
As thin as a pin (stand tall with arms at side)

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for my master,
And one for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

The Baby

You put the baby to bed, (open the palm of the left hand)
You tuck the baby in, (put the right index finger in the open left palm, then cover the index finger with all the fingers of the left hand, making a fist)
You give the baby a kiss. (kiss the fist)

(Presenter cries loudly) Oh, no, what does the baby want?

(Let the children suggest possibilities: milk, toys, candy, etc. Add them into the song with appropriate sounds)

Finally, when the presenter decides, s/he chooses the last item, puts a finger to his/her lips, indicating to the children that the baby is asleep, they shouldn't make noise.

Baby Hop

from Diaper Gymby Priscilla Hegner Rose Grasselli
(to the tune of Shortnin' Bread)

Snuggle up together
Baby's in your lap
Snuggle up together
And clap, clap, clap
(clap Baby's hands together)

Snuggle up together
Don't you nap
Snuggle up together
And tap, tap, tap
(tap Baby's feet together)

You're working out together
Baby don't stop
You're working out together
Now hop, hop, hop
(pick up Baby and hop Baby up and down)

Baby Grows

Five little fingers on this hand (hold up one hand with fingers extended)
Five little fingers on that hand (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (pucker lips and point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny (pretend to pinch cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (wiggle toes with toddler and point to them)
That's the way the baby grows (stretch arms up over head)

Baby's Fingers

These are baby's fingers (point to fingers)
These are baby's toes (point to toes)
This is baby's bellybutton (point to bellybutton)
Round and round it goes. (draw circle around bellybutton)
These are baby's eyes (point to eyes)
This is baby's nose (point to nose)
This is baby's bellybutton (point to bellybutton)
Right where Mommy blows. (tickle, or blow on belly)

Birdy Song, The

Way up in the sky,
the little birds fly. (bend arms like wings and flap them)
Way down in the next,
the little birds rest. (put arms in cradle form)

With a wing on the left, (move wing on left)
and a wing on the right, (move wing on right)
the little birds slumber (put hands on face as if sleeping)
all through the night.

Shhhh. THEY'RE SLEEPING!!! (SHOUT THIS!)

The bright sun comes up, (arms overhead like sun)
the dew falls away. (hands move down in rain in time with each word)
Good morning, good morning, (hands like beak to open and close)
the little birds say.

Black Socks

(by Bill Harley, can be found on his CD, Monsters in the Bathroom)

Black socks, they never get dirty.
The longer you wear them,
The stronger they get.

Sometimes I think I should wash them,
But something inside me keeps saying,
"Not yet, not yet, not yet."

Blue-eyed Baby

Blue-eyed baby
Brown-eyed, too.
Patty cake, patty cake,
(cover eyes and play peek-a-boo)
I see you!

Boing, Boing, Boing

Boing, boing, boing (bounce baby on lap)
Wheeee! (lift baby into air)

Repeat x3 or more!

Bunny Ears

Bunny ears up
Bunny ears down
Bunny ears wiggling all around

Choo-Choo Train

I'm a choo-choo train,
Chugging down the track.
First I go forward,
Then I go back.
Now my bell is ringing,
Hear my whistle blow.
What a lot of noise I make,
Everywhere I go!

Cross Cross Applesauce

Criss cross, applesauce (trace an X on child's back with your finger)
Spiders running up your back. (walk fingers up and down back)
Cool breeze, (blow gently on their neck)
Tight squeeze, (give a hug)
Now you've got the shivers! (gently tickle all over)

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D-F

Días de la semana

(to the tune of "Frere Jacques")

Hoy es lunes, hoy es lunes
¿Qué comer? ¿qué comer?
Lunes los ejotes, lunes los ejotes,
Mmm, mmm, mmm-
Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Hoy es martes, hoy es martes,
¿Qué comer? ¿Qué comer?
Martes los camotes,
Lunes los ejotes,
Mmm, mmm, mmm-
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Hoy es miércoles, hoy es miércoles,
¿Qué comer? ¿Qué comer?
Miércoles las fresas,
Martes los camotes,
Lunes los ejotes,
Mmm, mmm, mmm-
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Hoy es jueves, hoy es jueves,
¿Qué comer? ¿Qué comer?
Jueves las cerezas,
Miércoles las fresas,
Martes los camotes,
Lunes los ejotes,
Mmm, mmm, mmm-
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Hoy es viernes, hoy es viernes
¿Qué comer? ¿Qué comer?
Viernes el pescado
Jueves las cerezas,
Miércoles las fresas,
Martes los camotes,
Lunes los ejotes,
Mmm, mmm, mmm-
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Hoy es sábado, hoy es sábado
¿Qué comer? ¿Qué comer?
Sábado pescado,
Viernes el pescado,
Jueves las cerezas,
Miércoles las fresas,
Martes los camotes,
Lunes los ejotes,
Mmm, mmm, mmm-
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Hoy es domingo, hoy es domingo,
¿Qué comer? ¿Qué comer?
Domingo como TODO-
Sÿbado pescado,
Viernes el pescado,
Jueves las cerezas,
Miércoles las fresas,
Martes los camotes,
Lunes los ejotes,
Ay de mí, ay de mí…..

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?
(hang hands down from ears and wiggle)
Can you tie them in a knot? (pretend to tie a knot)
Can you tie them in a bow? (pretend to tie a bow)
Can you throw them over your shoulder like a Continental Soldier?
(wave hands backwards over your shoulder and then salute)
Do your ears hang low?

Down by the Station Early in the Morning

Down by the station early in the morning,
See the little puffer bellies all in a row.
See the engine driver pull the little throttle:
Puff, Puff, Toot! Toot! Off we go!

Un elefante

Un elefante se balanceaba
sobre la tela de una araña,
como veía que resistía
fue a llamar a otro elefante.

Dos elefantes se balanceaban,
sobre la tela de una araña,
como veía que resistía
fueron a llamar a otro elefante...

Este niño encontró un huevo

Este niño encontró un huevo...
Este lo coció....
Este lo descascaró....
Este le echó la sal.....
Y este gordo chaparrito ¡se lo comió!

Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed
(hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
(put thumb and fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew
(raise hand in the air very slowly)
And did not stop,
Until one day
The pod went POP!
(clap hands together)

Five Little Cows

This little cow eats grass (Point to thumb)
And this little cow eats hay (Point to pointer finger)
And this little cow drinks water (Point to middle finger)
And this little cow runs away (Point to ring finger)
And this little cow does nothing, but lie around all day (Point to little finger)
So let's chase her and chase her and chase her away! (Tickle child on arm or tummy)

Five Little Ducks

5 little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
The mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"
But only 4 little ducks came back.

4 little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
The mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," br />
But only 3 little ducks came back.

3 little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
The mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"
But only 2 little ducks came back.

2 little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
The mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"
But only 1 little duck came back.

1 little duck went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
The mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"
But none of the 5 little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
The sad mother duck said,
"Quack, quack, quack,"
And all of the five little ducks came back.

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G-I

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes) (move between body parts while singing them)
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes)
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes)!

Here in the Spaceship Here in the Space Ship

Here in the Space Ship (hands over head bring fingertips together as the nose of the spaceship)
Just enough room
Time for the countdown
54321 (count out loud)
ZOOOoommmm

Here is the Beehive

Here is the beehive (make a fist with one hand)
But where are the bees?
Hiding inside where nobody sees. (point to your fist)
Watch them come out of the hive,
One, Two, Three, Four, Five. (open your fist, one finger at a time)
Bzz, bzz, bzz (wiggle your fingers in a flying motion)

Here Sits Farmer Giles

Here sits Farmer Giles (touch baby's forehead)
Here sit his two men. (gently touch baby's eyelids)
Here sits the cock-a-doodle (touch baby's nose)
Here sits the hen. (touch baby's mouth)
Here sits the little chickens. (touch baby's teeth)
Here they run in. (pretend to put your fingers in baby's mouth)
Chin chopper, chin chopper, chin chopper! (tickle chin)

Horsie Horsie Don't You Stop

(This rhyme can be done as a bounce or with hand actions.)

Horsie, horsie, don't you stop,
Just let your feet go clippety clop; (pat hands rhythmically on knees)
Your tail goes swish, (wave one hand in front of you)
And the wheels go round; (rotate hands in front of you in a circular motion)
Giddyup, you're homeward bound! (pat hands on knees)

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. (bounce baby)
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. (move baby off lap)
All the King's horses and all the King's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

I Am the Music Man

I am the music man,
I come from down your way
and I can play the
piano (pia-, pia-, piano, piano, piano. HEY!)
viola (vio-, vio-, viola, viola, viola. HEY!)
big trombone (big trom-, big trom-, big trombone. HEY!)
oboe (oboe, oboe, the oboe, the oboe, the oboe. HEY!)
silly walk (silly, silly, silly walk, silly walk, silly walk. HEY!)

If You're Happy and You Know It

If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! (clap, clap)
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! (clap, clap)
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it, (point to smiling mouth)
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! (clap, clap)

(Repeat with other phrases - make up whatever you want.)

stomp your feet! (stomp, stomp)
shout "hooray!" (hooray!)
do all 3! (clap, clap - stomp, stomp - hooray!)

Other suggestions:

turn around (spin in a circle)
pat your head (pat your head with your hand)
give a kiss (hand to mouth and "mwah!")
sit back down (everyone sits)
pick out books (great way to end a storytime)

I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little teapot, short and stout,
Here is my handle, (put one hand on hip)
here is my spout. (put other hand up and out near shoulder)
When I get all steamed up,
Then I shout.
Tip me over and pour me out. (bend over toward side opposite handle)

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider
Went up the water spout (fingers imitate a moving spider)
Down came the rain (fingers imitate falling rain)
and washed the spider out (slide hands together and apart)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (arms make a large circle)
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. (fingers imitate a moving spider)

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J-L

Kangaroo Brown (version 1)

Jump, jump, Kangaroo Brown (jump with the words)
Jump, jump up and down,
Jump, jump, Kangaroo Brown
Jump, jump, all around.

Kangaroo Brown (version 2)

Jump, jump, Kangaroo Brown, (jump when it says to jump)
Jump, jump off to town.
Jump, jump up hill and down,
Jump, jump, Kangaroo Brown.

Let's All March Down the Street

(to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")

Let's all march down the street,
Down the street.
Let's all march down the street,
Down the street.
Let's all march down the street,
Wave at everyone we meet,
Let's all march down the street.
Down the street.

Literally, Fingerplay

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,
See my fingers,
See my thumbs.
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum
Goodbye fingers!
Goodbye thumbs!
Wiggle fingers, wiggle so,
Wiggle high, wiggle low.
Wiggle left, wiggle right.
Wiggle fingers out of sight.
Two thumbs up and two thumbs down,
Two thumbs dancing all around the town.
Dancing on your shoulders,
Dancing on your head,
Dancing on your knees,
Now tuck them into bed.

Little Red Caboose

Little red caboose
Little red caboose
Riding behind the train (Toot toot!)
Smokestack on its back
Rolling down the track
Little red caboose behind the train (Toot toot!)

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M-Q

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went, her lamb was sure to go.

Oh, Mister Sun

Oh, Mister Sun, Sun, (Make circle over head with arms.)
Mister Golden Sun,
Won't you please shine down on me. (Flutter hands down like sunbeams).
Oh, Mister Sun, Sun, (Make circle over head with arms)
Mister Golden Sun,
Hiding behind that tree (Hide face behind hands).
These little children are asking you, (Point to children.)
Please come out so they can play with you.
Oh Mister Sun, Sun, (Make circle over head with arms.)
Mister Golden Sun,
Won't ya please shine down on, (Flutter hands down like sunbeams.)
Won't ya just shine on,
Won't ya please shine down on me.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-Oooooo.
And on his farm, he had a cow,
E-I-E-I-Oooooo.
With a moo, moo here,
And a moo, moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo, moo.
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-Oooooo.

(Repeat for as many animals and sounds as you'd like. Have fun with stuffed animals.)

Other suggestions:

dog - ruff
cat - meow
horse - neigh
pig - oink
sheep - baa
duck - quack

(Also, play with animals that are NOT on a farm. Kids laugh when a shark comes out of the bag!)

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close fist and clap)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (clap hands 3x)
Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close fist and clap)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (bounce hands together on lap)

Creep them, creep them, (walk hands up your chest)
Creep them, creep them,
Right up to your chin. (touch hands to chin)
Open up your little mouth, (AAAAaaaaaah!)
But do not put them in. (Hide hands behind back)

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close fist and clap)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (clap hands 3x)
Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close fist and clap)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (bounce hands together on lap)

Peanut Butter and Jam

First you spread the peanut butter (open one hand and spread peanut butter on it with the other hand)
Then you spread the jam (same motion as above)
You put a slice of bread on top (use one hand to put bread on the other)
And eat up all you can (bring sandwich to mouth and eat)
You take your sticky fingers
And you wipe them on your pants (wipe hands on pants)
And you do a little wiggle (wiggle body)
For the peanut butter dance!

Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot
Nine days old.

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R-Z

Rain is Falling Down (version 1)

(The Baby Record by Bob McGrath)

Rain is falling down SPLAT!
(clap baby's hands together)
Rain is falling down SPLAT!
(clap baby's hands together)
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter
(tap fingers together)
Rain is falling down SPLAT!
(clap baby's hands together)

Rain is Falling Down (version 2)

Rain is falling down - splash.
(Lower hands with wiggling fingers. Slap floor).
Rain is falling down - splash.
(Lower hands with wiggling fingers. Slap floor.)
Pitter patter, pitter patter.
(clap hands)
Rain in falling down - splash.
(Lower hands with wiggling fingers. Slap floor.)
Sun is peeking out - peek.
(Cover eyes with hands and peek.)
Sun is peeking out - peek.
(Cover eyes with hands and peek.)
Peeking here and peeking there
(Cover eyes and peek on here and there)
Sun is peeking out - peek.
(Cover eyes with hands and peek.)

El ratoncito (Same as The Baby in English)

Se acuesta al ratoncito - (se abre la palma de la mano)
Se arropa el ratoncito - (se pone un dedo de la mano contraria en la palma abierta y se cierran los dedos de esta mano, haciendo un puño)
Y se le da un besito -  se besa al puño

(Se llora fuerte) - Ay, por favor, ¿qué querrá este ratoncito travieso?

(Que sugieran los niños:  p. ej. leche, queso, dulces, juguetes, etc.  Agréguenlos con sonidos adecuados)

Por fin, cuando se cansa la persona grande, se escoge la última cosa, se pone el dedo a los labios, haciendo señas a los niños para que no hagan ruido, el ratoncito está dormido.

Roll Over

There were five in the bed,
(hold up five fingers)
And the little one said:
Roll over! Roll over!
(make rolling motion with hands)
So they all rolled over,
And one fell out.
(hold up one finger)

There were four in the bed,
(hold up four fingers)
And the little one said:
Roll over! Roll over!
(make rolling motion with hands)
So they all rolled over,
And one fell out.
(hold up one finger)

There were three in the bed,
(hold up three fingers)
And the little one said:
Roll over! Roll over!
(make rolling motion with hands)
So they all rolled over,
And one fell out.
(hold up one finger)

There were two in the bed,
(hold up two fingers)
And the little one said:
Roll over! Roll over!
(make rolling motion with hands)
So they both rolled over,
And one fell out.
(hold up one finger)

There was one in the bed,
(Hold up one finger)
And the little one said:
Roll over! Roll over!
(make rolling motion with hands)
So he rolled right over,
And fell right out.
There were none in the bed,
So no one said:
Roll over! Roll over!

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Ten Fingers

I have ten fingers
(hold up both hands, fingers spread)
And they all belong to me,
(point to self)
I can make them do things-
Would you like to see?
I can put them up high
(raise hands and wave fingers)
I can put them down low
(lower hands to floor)
I can make them hide
(put hands behind back)
And I can fold them like so
(fold hands in lap)

There's a Wide-eyed Owl

There's a wide-eyed owl (fingers around eyes like glasses)
With a pointed nose, (fingers in a point on nose)
He has pointed ears (fingers next to head like horns)
And claws for toes. (fingers like claws)

He sits in a tree
And looks at you, (fingers around eyes like glasses)
Then flaps his wings
And says, "Who, Who!"

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
And this little piggy cried
Wee! Wee! Wee! all the way home!

This Little Train

(run fingers up and down one arm. Repeat on other arm)
This little train ran up the track.
It went TOOT, TOOT!
And then came back
The other train went up the track
It went TOOT, TOOT!
And then came back.

Tommy Thumbs Up

Tommy thumbs up and Tommy Thumbs down
(point thumbs up and then down)
Tommy Thumbs dancing all around the town.
(move thumbs in front of you in a dancing motion)
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head,
(dance thumbs on shoulders and then on head)
dance them on your knees and tuck them into bed.
(dance thumbs on your knees and then point them down and make a fist around each thumb)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star (open and close hands at shoulder level)
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high (move hands higher and continue to open and close them)
Like a diamond in the sky. (form diamond with hands above head)
Twinkle twinkle, little star (open and close hands at shoulder level)
How I wonder what you are.

Two Little Black Birds

Two little black birds
Sitting on the hill,
(hold up one finger of each hand)
One named Jack,
The other named Jill.
Fly away Jack!
(put a hand behind your back)
Fly away, Jill!
(put the other hand behind you back)
Come back, Jack!
(bring the first hand from behind your back)
Come back, Jill!
(bring the second hand from behind your back)

Whisky, Frisky Squirrel

Whisky, frisky, hippity hop,
Up he goes to the tree top. (hand makes a spiral motion up)
Whirly, swirly, round and round,
Down he scampers to the ground. (hand makes a spiral motion down)
Furly, curly, what a tail,
Tall as a feather, broad as a sail. (wave hand for tail)
Where's his supper - in the shell. (hold hand closed like a nut)
Snappity, crackity, out it fell. (thumb and finger open and shut like cracking a nut)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom zoom zoom we're going to the moon.
5 4 3 2 1, Blast off!

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