Happy Hands Finger Plays!


One, two, three, four, five.      (Hold up fingers one at a time on right hand.)
I caught a fish alive.              (Cup hands and pretend to catch a fish.)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,       (Hold up fingers one at a time on left hand.)
I let it go again.                        (Pretend to release the fish.)
Why did you let that fishy go?   (Cock head to one side.)
Because it bit my finger so.      (Shake head.)
Which finger did it bite?            (Cock head to one side.)
My little finger on my right.       (Hold up right pinky.)


Way up high In the apple tree      (Point up.)
Two little apples
Smiled down at me.                   (Hold up 2 fingers.)
I shook that tree
As hard as I could,                    (Pretend to shake a tree.)
And down came the apples,       (Roll hands around.)
Mmmm, mmmm, good!             (Pat tummy.)

*You can vary the number and type of fruit. For example, “Way up high in an orange tree, five juicy oranges smiled down at me…”


Five little sausages     (Hold up 5 fingers.)
Frying in the pan.
The grease got hot,
And one went BAM!   (Clap hands.)
Four little hotdogs...   (Hold up 4 fingers.)
Three little hotdogs... (Hold up 3 fingers.)
Two little hotdogs...   (Hold up 2 fingers.)
One little hotdog...     (Hold up 1 finger.)

No little hotdogs       (Hold up fist.)
Frying in the pan.
The pan got hot,
And it went BAM!     (Clap hands and say the last word loudly.)

*You can change sausages to “hotdogs.”
*Change the rhyme to popcorn and say:
“Five little kernels sizzling in the pot.
The grease got hot and one went POP!”


Five little ducks       (Hold up 5 fingers.)
Went out to play
Over the hills       (Move hand up and down.)
And far away.       (Put hand over your eyes as if looking.)
When the mother duck called,
“Quack, quack, quack!”       (Put palms together and open and shut.)
Four little ducks       (Hold up 4 fingers.)
Came waddling back.
No little ducks went out to play       (Make fist.)
Over the hills and far away.
When the daddy duck called,
“QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!”       (Open and close arms and say loudly.)
Five little ducks came waddling back.

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