Dr. Jean shares finger plays for children.
Five Little Fishies
little fishies, swimming in a pool
first one said, "The pool is cool."
(Show one finger,
then wrap arms around body)
second one said, "The pool is deep."
(Show two fingers,
then hands measure 'deep')
third one said, "I want to sleep."
(Show three fingers,
then rest head on hands)
fourth one said, "Let's take a dip."
(Show four fingers,
then hands 'dive' into water)
fifth one said, "I spy a ship."
(Show five fingers,
then form scope with hands to peer through)
(Form 'V' with fingers,
then move hands away from body)
to throw fishing line)
the five little fishies dash
five fingers away)
Little, Bigger, Biggest
A little ball, (make ball
with finger and thumb)
A bigger ball, (make ball with two hands)
And a great big ball I see. (make a ball with arms)
Now help me count them,
One, two, three! (repeat gestures for each size)
Here is a bunny (raise two
With ears so funny (put your hands on your head pretending as if they are ears)
And here is a hole in the ground. (make hole with fingers of other hand)
At the first sound she hears, (put your hands on your ears)
She pricks up her ears (straighten fingers)
And pops right into the ground. (put fingers in hole)
Peter works with (one fist moving up and down)
1 hammer, 1 hammer, 1 hammer
Peter works with one hammer, now he works with 2.
Peter works with 2 hammers, etc. (two fists)
Peter works with 3 hammers, etc. (two fists & one foot)
Peter works with 4 hammers, etc. (two fists & two feet)
Peter works with (two fists, two feet & head nodding)
5 hammers, 5 hammers, 5 hammers
Peter works with 5 hammers,
Now his work is done.
[Note: Substitute any name for Peter. You also
can make the fingerplay longer by counting backwards from 5 down to no hammers
before saying, "Now his work is done."]