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These materials were written by Susan M. Dailey, but were not included in A Storytime Year or Sing a Song of Storytime. 

 

Ball of Fur--fingerplay

 

I have a little ball of fur.

  (cup hands together)

When I pet it, hear her purr.

  (stroke one fist with other hand, then purr)


 

Cleaning My Room--fingerplay

 

I picked up my toys

  (pretend to pick up)

And dusted my room

  (pretend to hold duster, make quick up & down motions with one hand)

I swept the floor

  (pretend to hold broom, make back & forth motions)

With a broom.

 

I shined my mirror

  (make circular motion with open palm

And made my bed.

  (pretend to pull up blanket)

"You did great!"

  (hug self)

My mother said.

 


Crazy Dream
(Chant in staccato rhythm or use original tune)

Last night I had a dream.
I dreamed I ate ice cream.
  (pretend to lick cone)

I dreamed with one hand
I directed a band.
  (pretend to direct while licking cone)

My head began to shake             
Just like an earthquake.
  (add shaking to other motions)

Then I dreamed one leg
Started beating an egg.
  (move leg in circles with previous motions)

I dreamed I danced
Like I had ants in my pants.
  (dance crazy)

Then I sat up in bed
And here’s what I said:

“What a crazy dream!”  (spoken)

Chant graphic
 

Graphics of musical notes

Click here to hear song version

 

Dancing Sheep

Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep
  (put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
  (creep fingers)

“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was…  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
  (move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
He was dancing on the floor!
  (move hands on floor as mentioned above)
He was dancing on the window!
  (move hands to one side)
He was dancing on the door!
  (move hands to other side)

He kept on…

Dancing on the ceiling!
  (sing faster)
He was dancing on the floor!
He was dancing on the window!
He was dancing on the door!
(repeat several times getting faster each time through)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep.
It is time to go to sleep!”

Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore.

So I started …  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
I was dancing on the floor!
I was dancing on the window!
I was dancing on the door!

Graphics of musical notes

Click here to hear song

 
Sheep picture

Dinosaurs Stomp--activity

 

Dinosaurs stomp!

  (do motions as indicated)

Dinosaurs roar!

Dinosaurs chomp!

Dinosaurs snore!

 


 

If I Were a Detective--fingerplay

 

If I were a detective, I’d look and look

  (make circles with fingers & put in front of eyes, look around)

And write down clues in my notebook.

  (pretend to write)

 

If I were a detective, I’d think and think

  (tap side of head with index finger)

And figure out the mystery as quick as a wink!

  (snap fingers & wink)

 


I See a Box--song

  (sung to “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

 

Someone’s at the door.  I hear knocks. 

  (click tongue 3 times, pretend to knock)

I open up the door.  I see a box.

  (shout hurray)

I open up the box.  The box is full of locks.

  (open the box to show 2 or 3 padlocks)

I really do not want a box of locks.

  (say boo hoo, pretend to cry)

 

Repeat with socks & rocks, then sing:

 

Someone’s at the door.  I hear knocks. 

  (click tongue 3 times, pretend to knock)

I open up the door.  I see a box.

  (shout hurray)

I open up the box.  The box is full of blocks.

I really, really want a box of blocks.

  (clap and cheer)

 

Get 4 boxes and fill them with the items mentioned in the song.


I Wish that I Could Go
  (original tune)

I wish that I could go to a star.
I climb into a little car.
I’m driving, driving oh so far,
But I can’t get to a star.

I wish that I could go to the moon.
I climb into a hot air balloon.
I’m sailing, hope to get there soon.
But I can’t get to the moon.

And so I climb into bed.
So many books to be read.
Of other places I can go instead.
Soon big dreams fill my head

 

Graphics of musical notes

Click here to hear song

It’s a Mystery--song

 

Mom’s glasses are lost.

  (make circles with fingers & put in front of eyes)

Where could they be?

  (hold out hands in questioning motion)

Hey, it is a mystery.

  (shrug shoulders, tap side of head)

 

What’s in the box

  (show box with hands)

That Dad brought me?

  (hold out hands in questioning motion)

Hey, it is a mystery.

 

Who took the last cookie from the plate?

  (pretend to eat, then rub stomach, say "yum, yum, yum")

And who broke Brother’s roller skate?

  (make breaking motion with hands, then cry "boo hoo hoo")

And why is Sister always late?

  (tap wrist)

Hey, it is a mystery.

 

I’ll try to solve these mysteries!


Click here to hear song

 

It’s Bedtime

I brushed my teeth
  (pretend to do things in rhyme)
I had a drink
I put on my pjs
It’s bedtime, I think

Mom read me a book
And tucked me in tight.
Then gave me a kiss
And whispered “goodnight!”


Knock, Knock, Who's There?--fingerplay  

 

Knock, knock, who's there?

  (pretend to knock, hold out hands in questioning position)

Two little feet that go tap, tap

  (hold up correct number of fingers, do motions as indicated)

Knock, knock, who's there?

Two little knees that go slap, slap

 

Knock, knock, who's there?

Two little hips that go wiggle, wiggle

Knock, knock, who's there?

One little tummy that goes jiggle, jiggle

 

Knock, knock, who's there?

Two little arms that go flap, flap

Knock, knock, who's there?

Two little hands that go clap, clap

 

Knock, knock, who's there?

Two little eyes that go blink, blink

Knock, knock, who's there?

One little head that goes think, think

 

Knock, knock, who's there?

Open the door and see.  

  (pretend to open door)

Knock, knock, who's there?

It's every part of me.

  (wiggle whole body)

 

Although this fingerplay is long, it's not hard to learn because of the repetition.  It is also very popular with children for this reason.  To memorize the rhyme, remember that the fingerplay starts at the feet and moves upward.  The following pattern exists--2, 2, 2, 1-- and then is repeated, e.g. two feet, two knees, etc.  The highlighted words should assist in learning the fingerplay.

 


Light Bulb Hunt--activity with props  (Christmas)

 

Make a large Christmas tree out of paper or corrugated cardboard.  The tree we're using is about 4 foot tall.  Put several pieces of Velcro on the tree.  I put the sticky half on the tree.  Then make paper light bulbs in red, yellow and white.  Put the other half of the Velcro pieces on the back of the bulbs.  We laminated the bulbs before putting on the Velcro.  Hide the light bulbs around the library.  The children can find the bulbs and "decorate" the tree. 

Light bulb pattern

Enlarge or reduce the

pattern depending

on the size of your

tree.  You can color

the bottom of each

bulb black to make

it more realistic.



The Moon

I look for the moon every night.
  (look upward)
Sometimes it’s yellow, orange or white.
  (count colors as mentioned)

Sometimes it looks just like a ball.
  (make circle with hands)
Sometimes it is not there at all.
  (shake head “no”)

On some nights, half the moon will hide.
  (cover half of face with hand)
On others, it’s a smile tipped on its side.
  (make “u” with thumb & index finger, turn)


Possum
(sung to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)

Mr. Moon, what do you see?
  (point up, then put hand above eyes and look around)
Three little possums hanging in a tree.
  (hold up three fingers pointing down)
Shiny black eyes in the night
  (make small circle with fingers and hold up to eyes)
With whiskers and snouts of white
  (put hands away from face, then bring one hand forward and into point in front      
   of nose)
Hairless tails and bodies gray
  (show “tail” and move hands from top of body to bottom)
But one little possum just ran away.
  (slap hands against legs quickly)

Repeat with two, then one.

Mr. Moon, what do you see?
  (point up, then put hand above eyes and look around)
No little possums hanging in a tree.
  (shake head)


Possum chant

What do I see outside my house?
  (put hand above eyes, look around)
Is it a bird?  Is it a mouse?
  (make appropriate sounds)

No, it’s a possum, possum, possum.
  (slap legs each time you say possum)
No, it’s a possum, yes sirree!
  (clap hands three times on “yes sirree!”)

What do I hear going pitter-pat?
  (put hand to ear)
Is it a dog?  Is it a cat?
  (make appropriate sounds)

No, it’s a possum, possum, possum.
No, it’s a possum, yes sirree!

What do I know is up in a tree?
  (tap head on side)
Is it you?  Is it me?
  (point to kids, point to self)

No, it’s a possum, possum, possum.
No, it’s a possum, yes sirree!


Pumpkins --fingerplay/name tag activity 

 

Look, oh look, what I found

  (place hand above eyes, look around)

Pumpkins, pumpkins all around

  (spread hands wide)

Big orange pumpkins on the ground

  (make large circle with hands)

Roll 1 pumpkin into town

  (roll hands around each other)

 

I used this as a name tag activity.  Before reciting the verse, I put my pumpkin name tag on the board.  At the end of the fingerplay, some children put their name tags on the board.  We would then count how many pumpkins were on the board and repeat the verse with the correct number in the last line.   

 


Raccoons

Raccoons, raccoons in the night
   (put hand above eye and look around)
With your masks, you’re quite a sight.
  (make oval with hands and put up to face around eyes)

Your keen noses smell food in our trash,
  (sniff)
So you knock down our cans with a crash!
  (clap hands when you say “crash”)


 

Ready for a Story--quiet down fingerplay

 

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle around.

Stop!  Don’t make a sound.

 

Ears to listen, eyes to see,

Lock your lips.  Hide the key.

 

Hands in your lap, one and two,

Now I have a story for you.

 


 

Turkey Hide-and-Seek--fingerplay

 

On a fine Thanksgiving Day

Two little turkeys went out to play

  (hold up both thumbs)

 

One said, “Let’s play hide-and-seek.

  (wiggle right thumb)

Close your eyes and do not peek!”

  (put left thumb down, shake head “no”)

 

Should he hide high?  Should he hide low?

  (move right thumb up, then down)

Should he hide far?  No, no, no!

  (move right thumb away from body, shake head “no”)

 

Should he hide left?  Should he hide right?

  (move right thumb to left, then right)

Should he hide back out of sight?

  (hide right thumb behind back, shake head “yes”)

 

The other turkey looks around,

  (bring up left thumb)

But his friend just can’t be found.

  (shake head “no”)

 

Is he hiding high?  Is he hiding low?

  (move right thumb up, then down)

Is he hiding far?  No, no, no!

  (move right thumb away from body, shake head “no”)

 

Is he hiding left?  Is he hiding right?

  (move right thumb to left, then right)

Is he hiding back out of sight?

  (hide right thumb behind back, shake head “yes”)

 

“I found you!” the turkey shouts.

  (bring out left thumb, wiggle thumb)

“Gobble, gobble, come on out!”

  (bring out right thumb)  

 


 

Washing Clothes--fingerplay

 

Put the clothes in the washer.

  (pretend to put clothes in)

The water trickles in.

  (wiggle fingers, move downward)

The clothes go round and round.

  (move arms in back & forth circular motion)

Then they spin, spin, spin.

  (move finger quickly in circular motion)

 

Now put them in the dryer.

  (pretend to put in dryer)

Where they tumble around.

  (roll hands over each other)

They tumble, tumble, tumble

With hardly any sound.

  (put finger to lips, whisper this line)

 

But I'm glad when I'm dirty,

  (point to self)

I wash in the tub or sink.

  (pretend to wash self)

'Cause if I went in the washer or dryer,

  (put one hand out to side, then other)

I'd get dizzy I think!

  (move body in circular motion)

 

After doing this fingerplay, we talked about how getting in the washer or dryer wouldn't just make you dizzy, but would also be unsafe.

 


 

What Do I Hear?--fingerplay (Christmas)

 

What do I hear up on my house?

  (put hand to ear, point upward)

Is it a cat?  Is it a mouse?

  (meow, then squeak)

 

No, it makes a much louder sound

  (shake head “no”, slap hands against legs)

It’s in the chimney!  It’s coming down!

  (raise hands, then bring down)

 

I see boots and a suit of red.

  (point to feet, then move hands upward)

“Ho, ho, ho,” is what he said.

 

Do you know who my guest might be?

  (hold out hands in questioning pose)

It is Santa bringing presents to me.

  (nod head, point to self)

 

But shhh, I should be asleep

  (put fingers to lips and whisper, rest head on

   hands)

So into my bedroom I will creep.

  (quietly move hands across legs)

 

The last two lines are whispered, which kids really seem to like.

* The participation activities can be used freely in programs, but may not be re-posted, reproduced, or sold without prior permission.