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A collection of fingerplays, movements, songs and rhymes to share with your child, performed by Pasadena Public Library staff.

English Fingerplays

To go straight to the fingerplay you want to see, click on the title below.

The Apple Tree I’m a Little Teapot Round and Round the Garden
The Balloon I’m a Little Wiggle Worm  Shoe a Little Horsie
 Bumpin’ Up & Down in My Little Space Shuttle In the Toaster  Slippery Fish
 Chicken in the Barnyard  Itsy Bitsy Spider  Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly
 Cute Little Snowman  Jack Be Nimble  Smooth Road to London Town
 Dickery Dickery Dare  Johnny  Ten Fluffy Chicks
 Five in the Bed  Ladies Ride  There was a Little Mouse
 Five Little Kittens  Little Brown Bunny  There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
 Five Little Monkeys  Little Mousie  These are Baby’s Fingers
 Five Little Piggies  Mmm-Ah Went the Little Green Frog One Day  To Market To Market
 Grand Old Duke of York  Once I Saw an Octopus  Two Little Blackbirds
 Grandfather Clock  Open Shut Them (Version 1)  Two Mother Pigs
 Grandma’s Spectacles  Open Shut Them (Version 2)  Up the Hill and Down the Hill
 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes  Peek-a-Boo  We are Fishes
 Here is a Nest  Pizza Pizza Pizza  Wheels on the Bus
 I Have Ten Little Fingers  Ride a Little Pony  Where is Thumbkin?
 I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock  Roly Poly  You be the Ice Cream

Mandarin Fingerplays

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鵝爸爸來了
(Here Comes Daddy Goose)
啄木鳥
(The Woodpecker)

Spanish Fingerplays

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Cinco Ratoncitos
(Five Mice)
Los Pollitos
(The Chicks)

Tagalog Fingerplays

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Kung ikaw ay masaya
(If You’re Happy and You Know It)
Maliliit na gagamba
(Itsy Bitsy Sider)

 

English Fingerplays

 


The Apple Tree
presented by Angela

Way up high in the apple tree (wave arms back and forth)
Two little apples smiled at me
I shook that tree just as hard as I could (pretend to shake a tree)
And down came the apples (bring hands down from air towards ground)
MMMM… they were good. (rub tummy)

Other verses:
Way up high in the orange tree (wave arms back and forth)
Way up high in the banana tree (wave arms back and forth)

 


The Balloon
presented by Jennifer
I’m going to blow up this balloon (put fist in front of mouth).
And never ever stop
I’ll blow (blow into fist, expand fist larger)
And I’ll blow (blow into fist, expand fist larger)
And I’ll blow (blow into fist, add other hand to make a circle)
And I’ll blow (blow into fist, expand hands larger)
Until…POP! (break hands apart and clap on pop)


Bumpin’ Up and Down in My Little Space Shuttle
presented by AnnMarie
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle  (bounce child on lap)
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle  (bounce child on lap)
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle  (bounce child on lap)
Won’t you go to the moon with me (bounce child on lap)

Other verses:
My space suit’s on and my boots are too  (tap or bounce child’s leg)
We step on the moon and we bounce real high (lift child up in the air) …‘Cause it has really low gravity. (child down to lap slowly)


Chicken in the Barnyard
presented by Jennifer
Chicken in the barnyard (make circles with finger on child’s tummy or hand)
Staying out of trouble (make circles with finger on child’s tummy or hand)
Along comes a turkey and… (creep fingers up to chin or armpit)
Gobble gobble gobble! (tickle child under chin or armpit)


Cute Little Snowman
presented by Jennifer
A cute little snowman (lift up one fist)
had a carrot nose (extend pointer finger from fist)
Along came a rabbit (make bunny ears on other hand and hop)
And what do you suppose?  (hop bunny hand toward fist)
That little rabbit looking for his lunch
Ate the snowman’s carrot nose! (use non-ear fingers to “munch” on pointer finger)
Nibble, nibble, crunch.


Dickery Dickery Dare
presented by Marie
Dickery dickery dare (bounce child on lap)
The pig flew up in the air (lift child up)
The man in brown
Brought him back down (bring child back down to lap)
Dickery dickery dare. (bounce child on lap)


Five in the Bed
presented by Jennifer
There were five in the bed (hold up five fingers)
and the little one said
It’s crowded (shove out with elbow)
Roll over
So they all rolled over (roll hands fist over fist)
And one fell out (hold up one finger)

Continue counting down until….
There was one in the bed (hold up five fingers)
and the little one said
I’m lonely! (look around, sad)


Five Little Kittens
presented by Jennifer
Five little kittens standing in a row (bring up fingers of right hand)
They nod their heads to the children so (bob fingertips up and down)
They run to the left. (move right hand to the left)
They run to the right. (move right hand to the right)
They stand up and stretch with all of their might. (stretch fingers upward)
Along comes a dog  (make left hand in to a fist)
Looking for some fun. (move left fist towards right hand)
MEOW! Away those kittens run! (hide right hand behind back)

 


Five Little Monkeys
presented by Deborah
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed (hold up 5 fingers, bounce child in lap)
One fell off and bumped his head (pat child’s head gently)
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, (pretend to talk on phone)
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” (shake index finger)

Other Verses:
Four little monkeys….
Three little monkeys…
Two little monkeys…
One little monkey…

How many monkeys do we have left?
No more monkeys!

 


Five Little Piggies
presented by Tiffany
This little piggy went to market. (wiggle child’s thumb)
This little piggy stayed home (wiggle child’s index finger)
This little piggy had roast beef (wiggle child’s middle finger)
This little piggy had none (wiggle child’s ring finger)
And this little piggy went (wiggle child’s pinky finger)
“Weee weee wee,” all the way home.  (sign home by placing finger and thumbs together on cheek)

 


Grand Old Duke of York
presented by Marie
The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce child in lap)
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift child above head)
And he marched them down again. (bring child back down to lap)

And when they’re up, they’re up. (lift child above head)
And when they’re down, they’re down. (bring child back down to lap)
And when they’re only halfway up (lift child up slightly)
Their neither up (lift child up)
nor down. (bring child down to lap)

 


Grandfather Clock
presented by Jennifer
The grandfather clock goes
tick tock tick tock tick tock. (slowly sway child in lap gently from side to side)
The kitchen clock goes
tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.  (sway child in lap from side to side)
And mommy’s little watch goes
tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. (bounce child quickly in lap)

 


Grandma’s Spectacles
presented by Tiffany
These are Grandma’s spectacles (hold hands in circles up over eyes)
This is Grandma’s hat (make a hat with hands above head)
These are Grandma’s hands (fold hands)
as she puts them in her lap. (place hands in lap)

 


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
presented by Shauna

Head, shoulders knees and toes (touch each body part as you say it)
Knees and toes.
Head shoulders knees and toes
Knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes.

(Repeat verses going slowly.
Repeat verses again going quickly
Repeat verses again going even more quickly)

 



Here is a Nest
presented by Jennifer
Here is a nest for bluebird (cup both hands together in front of you)
Here is a hive for bee (make fists with hands and place together)
Here is a hole for rabbit (make circle with two hands)
And here is a house for me. (make a house above head)

 

 


I Have Ten Little Fingers
presented by Deborah
I have ten little fingers – they all belong to me. (hold up hands with fingers up)
I can make them do things.  Do you want to see?
I can them shut tight. (close hands into fist)
I can open them wide. (open hands and spread fingers)
I can hold them together. (clasp hands together)
And I can make them hide. (place hands behind back)
Make them jump high. (lift hands up over head)
Make them jump low. (bring hands down to the ground)
And then I can fold them and put them in my lap. (fold hands together)
and hold them like so. (place hands on lap)

 

 



I”m a Little Cuckoo Clock
presented by Jennifer
Tick tock, tick tock (sway child gently side to side)
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m striking one o’clock
Cuckoo! (lift child up in air for each cuckoo)

Tick tock, tick tock (sway child gently side to side)
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m striking two o’clock
Cuckoo! Cuckoo! (lift child up in air for each cuckoo)

Repeat for as many verses as you wish.

 


I’m a Little Teapot
presented by Jennifer & Shauna
I’m a little teapot
short and stout. (bounce knees down and up)
Here is my handle (place one hand on hip to make a handle)
Here is my spout. (lift other arm up to make a spout)
When I get all steamed up hear me shout,
“Just Tip me over and (bend at the waist)
pour me out!” (bend more at the waist with each word)

I’m a special teapot (come up and stand like a teapot)
Yes it’s true.
Here let me show you
What I can do.
I can change my handle and my spout, (swap handle for spout)
“Tip me over and (bend at the waist)
pour me out!” (bend more at the waist with each word)


I’m a Little Wiggle Worm
presented by AnnMarie
I’m a little wiggle worm (wiggle body and arms)
watch me go.
I wiggle wiggle fast (say and wiggle arms fast)
Or very very slow (say and wiggle arms slow)
I wiggle wiggle all around (wiggle arms and turn in a circle)
and then I go
Back underground to the home I know. (crouch down to ground)

 


In the Toaster
presented by Jennifer
Put you in the toaster (bounce child on lap)
It’s getting pretty hot
Tick-tock, tick-tock (sway child on legs back and forth)
Up you pop! (lift child up in the air)

 


Itsy Bitsy Spider
presented by Tiffany
The itsy bitsy spider (L shape with both hands.  Place thumb of one hand on forefinger of the other)
went up the water spout.   (“walk” your fingers up thumb to forefinger, alternating.)
Down came the rain and (wiggle fingers and bring then downward)
Washed the spider out. (make baseball “safe” motion)
Out came the sun and (hands above head in a circle)
and dried up all the rain. (hands out at side of body)
And the itsy bitsy spider (L shape with both hands.  Place thumb of one hand on forefinger of the other)
went up the spout again. (“walk” your fingers up thumb to forefinger, alternating.)

 


Jack Be Nimble
presented by Jennifer
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick (bounce child gently on one leg)
Jack jumped over the candlestick (lift child up into air and bring to rest on the other leg)

Repeat as desired, going back and forth from leg to leg.

 


Johnny
presented by Tiffany
Johnny (touch child’s pinky)
Johnny (touch child’s ring finger)
Johnny (touch child’s middle finger)
Johnny (touch child’s pointer)
Woops! (slide your finger between child’s pointer and thumb)
Johnny  (touch your child’s thumb)
Woops!  (slide your finger between child’s thumb and pointer)
Johnny (touch child’s pointer)
Johnny (touch child’s middle finger)
Johnny (touch child’s ring finger)
Johnny (touch child’s pinky)


Ladies Ride
presented by AnnMarie
This is the way the ladies ride (gently bounce child on lap)
trit-trot, trit-trot
This is the way the ladies ride
Early in the morning.

This is the way the gentlemen ride (bounce child a little faster)
clip-clop, clip-clop
This is the way the gentlemen ride
early in the morning.

This is the way the farmers ride (bounce child a little more bumpy)
clippity-cloppity, clippity-cloppity
This is the way the farmer rides
Early in the morning.

This is the way the cowboys ride (bounce really fast and bumpy)
giddy-up!  Giddy-Up!
This is the way the cowboys ride
Early in the morning.

 


Little Brown Bunny
presented by Marie
(Begin with your hands behind your back)
A little brown bunny popped out of the ground (bring right pointer finger out from behind back)
He wriggled his whiskers (move top knuckle of pointer finger)
And he turned all around (turn pointer finger around to face you)
Then a little white bunny who lived in the grass popped his head out
(bring left pointer finger out from behind back)
and watched him pass (move right hand to left hand)
Then both little bunnies went hoppity hop (make bunnies hop together)
hoppity hop (make bunnies hop together)
hoppity hop (make bunnies hop together)
till they came to a wall and they had to stop (hop bunnies out in front of you until they stop)
Uh-oh!
then both little bunnies turned right around (turn fingers around so palms face you)
and they scampered on back to their holes in the ground. (bounce fingers towards you and hide behind back)

 


Little Mousie
presented by Jennifer
See the little mouse (hold up hand)
creeping up the stair (move hand slowly up child’s arm)
Looking for his warm nest (continue moving hand slowly up child’s arm)
There! Oh – there! (tickle child in armpit)

 


Mmm-AH Went the Little Green Frog One Day
presented by Marie
Mm-Ah said the little green frog one day (close eyes on mm, open wide on ah)
Mm-ah said the little green frog (close eyes on mm, open wide on ah)
Mm-ah said the little green frog one day (close eyes on mm, open wide on ah)
Then they all went mm-mm-ah (scrunch up face)

But we know that frogs go (point to self)
Boom sha nananana (clap hands on boom, then wiggle fingers for sha nananana)
Boom sha nananana (clap hands on boom, then wiggle fingers for sha nananana)
Boom sha nananana (clap hands on boom, then wiggle fingers for sha nananana)
we know frog go (point to self)
Boom sha nananana (clap hands on boom, then wiggle fingers for sha nananana)
they don’t go mm-mm-ah (scrunch up face, then open eyes wide)

 


Once I Saw an Octopus
presented by: Tiffany
Once I saw an octopus (link thumbs together with fists closed)
Deep in the sea (look down)
I called to the octopus, “Come play with me!”
Out came his tentacles, long and straight:
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8! (uncurl a finger as a tentacle for each number you count, and wiggle fingers)

 


Open Shut Them (Version 1)
presented by: Jennifer
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (clap hands on each clap)
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Place them on your lap-lap-lap.  (pat lap three times)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Right up to your chin-chin-chin (tap fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth wide)
BUT DO NOT LET THEM IN! (say quickly and hide hands behind back).

 


Open Shut Them  (Version 2)
presented by Deborah
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (bring hands in circle around to clap hands on each clap)
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Put them in your lap-lap-lap. (pat lap three times)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Right up to your chin-chin-chin (tap fingers on chin)
Open your mouth wide (open mouth wide)
AHHH! (say with mouth open wide)
But do not let them in! (cover mouth with hands and shake head)

Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (bring hands in circle around to clap hands on each clap)
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Put them in your lap-lap-lap. (pat lap three times)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Right up to your cheek-cheek-cheek (tap fingers on cheeks)
Cover your eyes (cover eyes with hands)
And say Peek-a-boo!! (uncover eyes with hands)
Peek-a-boo! (play peek-a-boo once again)


Peek-a-Boo
presented by Jennifer
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo (cover and uncover child’s eyes)
I see you.  I see you. (Point to child)
I see your little nose (touch child’s nose)
I see your tiny toes (touch child’s toes)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo (cover and uncover child’s eyes)


Pizza-Pizza-Pizza
presented by Jennifer and Shauna
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! And cheese.
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! And cheese.

First you take the dough and you knead it, you knead it. (pretend to knead dough)
First you take the dough and you knead it, you knead it.

Singing
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! And cheese.
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! And cheese.

Other verses:
Next you take the dough and you toss it, you toss it. (pretend to toss pizza dough in air)
Next you take the sauce and you spread it, you spread it. (pretend to spread sauce on pizza)
Next you take the cheese and you sprinkle it, you sprinkle it (pretend to sprinkle cheese on pizza)
Next you take the toppings and you plunk em, you plunk ‘em. (pretend to put topping on pizza)
Next you take the pizza and you bake it, you bake it. (pretend to put pizza in oven)
Next you take the pizza and you eat it, you eat it. (pretend to eat pizza)

YUM! YUM! (Rub tummy)

 


Ride a Little Pony
presented by Jennifer
Ride a little pony (gently bounce baby on lap)
Going to town
Better watch out or you might
Fall down! (gently drop child between your knees)


Roly Poly
presented by Jennifer
Roly poly roly poly (bounce child gently on lap)
up, up, up (lift child up into air)
Roly poly roly poly (bounce child in air)
down, down, down (bring child down gently)
Roly poly roly poly (bounce child gently on lap)
out, out, out (bounce child out along legs)
Roly poly roly poly (bounce child gently)
in, in, in (bounce child back in to lap and end with a cuddle)


Round and Round the Garden
presented by Jennifer
Round and round the garden (trace a circle around child’s tummy)
goes the teddy bear
a one-step, a two-step (creep fingers up towards chin)
a tickly under there (tickle child under chin)


Shoe a Little Horsie
presented by Jennifer
Shoe a little horsie (pat child’s foot)
Shoe a little mare (pat child’s other foot)
But let the little pony
go bare, bare, bare (bring child’s feet together and clap them or pat both feet at the same time)


Slippery Fish
presented by Shauna
Slippery fish, slippery fish (make a fish by putting palms together, swim hands back and forth)
sliding in the water
Slippery fish, slippery fish
Gulp, gulp, gulp! (swallow exaggeratedly)

Oh no! (put hands to cheeks in distress)
He’s been swallowed by an…

Other Verses:
Octopus, octopus (wiggle arms like tentacles)…wiggling in the water
Tuna fish, tuna fish (palms flat and together, wiggle back and forth)…splashing in the water
Great white shark, great white shark (elbows together, open and close to make shark jaws)…lurking in the water
Humongous whale, humongous whale (make hands “spout” above head)…spouting in the water

BURP! (hand on chest)

Excuse me! (wiggle lips with finger as you say this to make it sound like a whale)


Slowly, Slowly
presented by Jennifer
Slowly, slowly very slowly goes the garden snail (creep fingers slowly up child’s arm)
slowly, slowly very slowly up the garden rail.

Quickly, quickly very quickly goes the little mouse. (tickle child all over quickly)
Quickly, quickly very quickly all around the house.


Smooth Road to London Town
presented by AnnMarie
A smooth road to London town (bounce child gently on lap)
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up  (lift child up in the air)
And the road goes down (bring child back down to lap)
A smooth road to London town (bounce child gently on lap)

But… by and by we come to a dell (bounce child a little faster and bumpier)
and there the roads are not so swell
A bumpy road, a bumpy road
A bumpy road to London town.

A smooth road to London town (bounce child gently on lap)
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up  (lift child up in the air)
And the road goes down (bring child back down to lap)
A smooth road to London town (bounce child gently on lap)

But… by and by we come to a wood (bounce child a little faster and bumpier)
and there the roads are not so good
A rough road, a rough road
A rough road to London town.


Ten Fluffy Chicks
presented by Jennifer
Five eggs and five eggs (lift up one hand with fingers extended, then the other)
That makes ten.
Sitting on top is a mother hen (make one hand into fist, cover with other palm)
Crackle, crackle, crackle (clap hands three times)
What do I see? (arms out as if shrugging)
Ten fluffy yellow chicks cheeping at me.  (put up all ten fingers again and wiggle them)


Ten Little Ponies
presented by Jennifer
Ten little ponies in a meadow green (bring up both hands, palms out, fingers extended)
The friskiest ponies I’ve ever seen! (wiggle fingers)
They go for a gallop (move fingers up and down fast)
They go for a trot (move fingers up and down at a trot)
They come to a stop at the big feed lot. (put hands palm out like saying stop)
At night with their tummies full and well fed (turn palms up towards ceiling)
The curl up nice and tight in their soft warm beds (curl fingers in to make fists)


There Was a Little Mouse
presented by Jennifer
There was a little mouse. (stick up thumb of one hand)
who lived in a hole (cover thumb with other palm)
And when everything was quiet, as quiet as could be
Shh…shhh….shhh
Out popped he! (remove palm and make thumb pop up)


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
presented by AnnMarie
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
I don’t know she swallowed the fly (put arms out like shrugging)
I think she’ll die.

Other verses:
There was an old lady who swallowed a spider (wiggle fingers on hand to make a spider)
that wriggled and jiggled and tickled insider her (tickle child’s tummy)
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly…

There was a old lady who swallowed a bird (flap arms at side to make wings)
How absurd she swallowed a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider …

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat
Imagine that – she swallowed a cat!
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird….

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog
What a hog she swallowed a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat
She just opened her throat (ahh) and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog…

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat…

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse.
She died of course.


These are Baby’s Fingers
presented by Jennifer
These are baby’s fingers (touch baby’s fingers)
And these are baby’s toes (touch baby’s toes)
And this is baby’s belly button (touch baby’s belly button)
round and round it goes! (draw a circle around or tickle belly button)


To Market To Market
presented by Jennifer
To market to market (gently bounce child in lap)
to buy a fat pig
home again, home again
jiggity-jig.

To market, to market
to buy a fat hog
home again, home again
jiggity-jog

To market, to market
to buy a plum bun
home again, home again
shopping is done.


Two Little Blackbirds
presented by Deborah
Two little blackbirds  (hold up thumbs)
sitting on a hill.
One named Jack. (wiggle one thumb)
One named Jill. (wiggle other thumb)
Fly away Jack. (hide first thumb behind back)
Fly away Jill. (hide other thumb behind back)
Come back Jack. (bring first thumb out from behind back)
Come back Jill. (bring second thumb out from behind back)


Two Mother Pigs
presented by Jennifer
Two mother pigs lived in a pen. (hold both thumbs up)
Each had four babies (tuck thumbs into palm and hold up 8 fingers)
And that made ten. (bring thumbs out again and hold 10 fingers up)
These four babies were black as night. (hold up 4 fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black and white. (hold up 4 fingers on the other hand)
But all eight babies loved to play. (hold up 8 fingers)
And the rolled and rolled in the mud all day. (roll fingers over and under one another)
At night with their mother they curled in a heap. (palms facing up, tuck thumbs into palm and curl fingers around)
And squeaked and squealed til they went to sleep.


Up the Hill and Down the Hill
presented by Angela
One day, dog decides to go visit cat. (use one pointer finger for dog and one finger for cat)
But for dog to visit cat the dog has to go
up the hill and down the hill (move dog finger up and down and up and down)
up the hill and down the hill
up the hill and down the hill.
And when dog got to cat’s house he knocked on the door.
Knock knock knock. (make knocking noise)
There was no answer, so he knocked again.
Knock knock knock. (make knocking noise)
There was still no answer, so dog decided to go home.
But for dog to get home he had to go
up the hill and down the hill (move dog finger up and down and up and down)
up the hill and down the hill
up the hill and down the hill.

Well, the next day, cat decided to go visit dog.
But for cat to get to dog’s house Cat had to go
up the hill and down the hill (move cat finger up and down and up and down)
up the hill and down the hill
up the hill and down the hill.
And when he got to dog’s house he knocked on the door.
Knock knock knock. (make knocking noise)
But there was no answer, so he knocked again.
Knock knock knock. (make knocking noise)
There was still no answer, so cat went home.
And how did he get home? He went
up the hill and down the hill (move cat finger up and down and up and down)
up the hill and down the hill
up the hill and down the hill.

One day, cat decided to visit dog and dog decided to visit cat.
So they both went
up the hill and down the hill (move dog and cat finger up and down towards each other)
up the hill and down the hill
up the hill and down the hill.
And when they got to the bottom of the hill
they were so happy to be together all they could do was talk (wiggle fingers at each other)
Woof woof woof (make animal noises)
Meow meow meow
Woof woof woof
Meow meow meow
And when they were done talking
Dog said, “Goodbye Cat!”
And Cat said, “Goodbye Dog!”
And then what did they have to do to get home?
they had to go
up the hill and down the hill (move dog and cat finger up and down away from each other)
up the hill and down the hill
up the hill and down the hill.
Til they were safely home.


We are Fishes
presented by Angela
We are fishes swimming in the water (hold hands vertically, about chest width apart, bounce up and down to song)
swimming in the water
swimming in the water
We are fishes swimming in the water.
Bubble bubble bubble bubble (turn palms down and wiggle hands up and down)
Splash! (clap!)

Other Verses:
Can you be a big fish?  The biggest fish you’ve ever seen? (Stretch hands out wide and sing song in a deep voice)…
Can you show me your little bitty itty baby fish? (hold up two fingers, and place them close together, and sing in a high voice)…


The Wheels on the Bus
presented by Deborah
The wheels on the bus go round and round (roll arms fist over fist)
round and round
round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
all through the town.

Other Verses:
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish (wave hands and arms back and forth) …
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep (move hand as if pushing a car horn) …
The babies on the bus go waa-waa-waa (rub fists over eyes like crying)…
The parents on the bus go shh shh shh (hold finger over lips as if shushing)

 

 


Where is Thumbkin?
presented by Zyrel
(start rhyme with hands behind back)
Where is thumbkin, where is thumbkin?
Here I am (bring out one thumb from behind back)
Here I am (bring out other thumb from behind back)
How are you today sir? (wiggle one thumb as if speaking)
Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb as if responding)
Run away (hide one thumb behind back)
Run away. (hide other thumb behind back)

Other Verses:
Where is pointer, where is pointer? (pointer finger) …
Where is tallman, where is tallman? (middle finger)…
Where is ringman, where is ringman? (ring finger)
Where is pinky, where is pinky? (little finger)…


You Be the Ice Cream
presented by AnnMarie
You be the ice cream (point to baby, tickle baby)
I’ll be the freezer. (shiver and tickle baby
You the be lemon (make sour face)
And I’ll be the squeezer (hug baby)
You be the hot dog (point to baby)
And I’ll be bun (wrap arms around baby and gently rock)
You be the baby (bounce baby gently in arms)
And we’ll both have fun!

 

Mandarin Fingerplays


鵝爸爸來了
presented by Hsin-Yi
鵝爸爸來了,鵝媽媽來了

點點頭 勾勾手

鵝爸爸再見, 鵝媽媽再見

小手變不見


啄木鳥 / The woodpecker
presented by Hsin-Yi
啄木鳥,敲一敲,往下敲,往上敲,看見蟲蟲趕快咬,

一隻、兩隻、三隻、四隻、五隻,通通都吃掉。

 

 

 

Spanish Fingerplays


Cinco Ratoncitos/ Five Mice
presented by AnnMarie
Cinco ratoncitos
de colita gris
mueven las orejas,
mueven la nariz.
¡Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco,
corren al rincón!
Porque viene el gato,
a comer ratón.


Los Pollitos  / The Chicks
presented by AnnMarie
Los pollitos dicen
pío, pío, pío
cuando tienen hambre
cuando tienen frío.

La gallina busca
el maíz y el trigo
y les da comida
y les presta abrigo.

Bajo sus dos alas
acurrúcaditos
Hasta el otro día
duermen los pollitos.

 

Tagalog Fingerplays


Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumalakpak ka  / If You’re Happy and You Know It
presented by Zyrel
Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumalakpak ka
Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumalakpak ka
Kung ikaw ay masaya, buhay mo ay sisigla
Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumalakpak ka.

Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumadyak ka
Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumadyak ka
Kung ikaw ay masaya, buhay mo ay sisigla
Kung ikaw ay masaya Pumadyak ka.
Kung ikaw ay masaya tumawa ka, hahaha
Kung ikaw ay masaya tumawa ka, hahaha
Kung ikaw ay masaya, buhay mo ay sisigla
Kung ikaw ay masaya tumawa ka.


Maliliit na gagamba / Itsy Bitsy Spider
presented by Zyrel
Maliliit na gagamba
Umakyat sa sanga,
Dumating ang ulan
At itinaboy sila.
Sumikat ang araw,
Natuyo ang sanga,
Malilit na gagamba ay palaging masaya.

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