Fingerplays

fingerplays

Toddlers love fingerplays, so I use them a lot to teach my daughter English. At first I do the fingerplay myself, or use her hands to do the moves, and gradually she will follow along. Needless to say, she has her favourites that she never gets tired of. However, when I get tired of the old ones🙂, I make up my own songs, starting from the tunes of famous fingerplays. For example, to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus, I made my own song, that teaches her animals, animal sounds and habitats:

(to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The ducks on the pond go quack, quack, quack

Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack

The ducks on the pond go quack, quack, quack

All day long.

Replace the underlined words and the crying sounds to make more stanzas:

  • Birds in the trees – oink
  • Horses in the paddock – neigh
  • Hens in the orchard – cluck
  • Roosters in the orchard – cock-a-doodle-doo
  • Goats in the pen – meeh
  • Cows in the meadow – moo
  • Dogs on the farm – woof
  • Cats near the fire – meow
  • Pigs in the woods – oink
  • Rabbits in the burrow – squeak
  • Sheep in the field – baa
  • Fish in the sea – glub
  • Bees in the flowers – bzz
  • Frogs on the lake – ribbit
  • Donkeys on the farm – hee-haw
  • Owls in the forest – hoo
  • Bears in the forest – growl
  • Snakes in the grass – hiss
  • Lions in the jungle – roar
  • Monkeys in the jungle – ooh ooh ahh ahh
  • Penguins on the ice – squah

Or, if you want to teach your child adjectives, you can change to:

I have a white sheep that goes ba ba ba….

I have a big horse that goes neigh neigh neigh…

and so on… the sky is the limit.

Here are other fingerplays that I usually use:

 

The Wheels on the Bus

1. The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

All through the town.

2. wipers – swish, swish, swish

3. doors – open and shut

4. horn – beep, beep, beep

5. driver – says “Move on back!”

6. people – up and down

7. babies – wah, wah, wah

8. mommies – shush, shush, shush

9. daddies – I love you

 

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to the market

This little piggy stayed at home

This little piggy had roast beef

But this little piggy had none

And this little piggy cried wee, wee, wee, all the way home.

 

Round Around the Garden

Round around the garden

Like a teddy bear

One step, two steps… tickle you under there!

 

Five Little Monkeys

1. Five little monkeys jumping on a bed

One fell off and bumped his head.

Mamma called the doctor and the doctor said:

“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

2.-4.  Four/three/two little monkeys…

5. One little monkey jumping on a bed

She fell off and bumped her head

Mamma called the doctor and the doctor said:

“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

 

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill

One named Jack, the other named Jill.

Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill!

Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

 

Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

Under the spreading chestnut tree

There we sit both you and me

Oh, how happy we would be

Under the spreading chestnut tree.

 

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.

 

Rock, scissors, paper

1. Rock, scissors, paper (x2)

1, 2, 3, play with me.

Right hand paper, left hand paper

Butterfly, butterfly.

2. rock + rock – snowman

3. scissors + rock – It’s a snail.

4. scissors + scissors – It’s a crab.

5. paper + rock – helicopter, helicopter

 

My Body Makes Music

My body makes music, it’s easy, you can see. (x2)

My hands, my hands go clap, clap, clap

My feet, my feet go stamp, stamp, stamp

My mouth, my mouth goes la la la

My body does the cha cha cha.

 

Where is Thumbkin?

1. Where is thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?

Here I am, here I am.

How are you today, sir? Very well I thank you.

Run away, run away.

2.-6. pointer/ tall man/ ring man/ pinkie/ the family

 

Close, close your hands

Close, close your hands, and then open them.

Clap, clap your hands, and then close them.

Open your hands again, and then clap your hands

Hold your hands above your head.

Clench, clench your fists, and then open them.

Clap, clap your hands, and then close them.

 

Peter Works with One Hammer

1. Peter works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer

Peter works with one hammer, this fine day.

2. – 5. two/ three/ four/ five hammers

6. Peter’s very tired now, tired now, tired, now

Peter’s very tired now, this fine day.

 

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them (x2)

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them (x2)

Put them in your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, crawl them (x2)

Right up to your chin, chin, chin

Open up your little mouth…

But do not let them in!

 

Five Little Fish

1. Five little fish swam out to sea

Swimming around saying: “Can’t catch me!”

Out came the shark going Snap, snap, snap!

Four little fish went swimming back.

2.-5. Four/ three/ two/ one little fish….

6. No little fish swam out to sea

Swimming around saying: “Can’t catch me!”

Out came the shark going Snap, snap, snap!

Hey, said the shark, Where is my snack?

 

Five Little Ducks

1. Five little ducks went out one day

Over the hills and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

But only four little ducks came back.

2. – 5. Four/three/two/one little duck(s)

6. Sad Mother Duck went out one day.

Over the hills and far away

Sad Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack!”

And all of the five little ducks came back!

 

Three Jellyfish

1. Three jellyfish, three jellyfish, three jellyfish sitting on a rock

Oooh… one fell off.

2. Two jellyfish, two jellyfish, two jellyfish sitting on a rock

Oooh… another one fell off.

3. One jellyfish, one jellyfish, one jellyfish sitting on a rock

Oooh… he fell off.

4. No jellyfish, no jellyfish, no jellyfish sitting on a rock

Hooray… one jumped on.

5. One jellyfish, one jellyfish, one jellyfish sitting on a rock.

Hooray… another one jumped on!

6. Two jellyfish, two jellyfish, two jellyfish sitting on a rock

Hooray… another one jumped on!

7. Three jellyfish, three jellyfish, three jellyfish sitting on a rock

Posted on January 31, 2016, in Teach your Child English and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Raveca,
    There are some classics here that have stood the test of time :0.
    John

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