Happy Hands Finger Plays!


A caterpillar crawled      (Hold up right arm like a tree branch.)
To the top of a tree.      (Crawl left pointer up right arm.)
I think I’ll take a nap said he.      (Wiggle left pointer.)
So under the leaf      (Pretend to crawl left pointer
He began to creep.           under right palm.)
He spun a cocoon,      (Wrap right hand around left pointer.)
And he fell asleep.      (Hold hands very still.)
For six long months
He slept in that cocoon bed.
Til spring came along and said,
Wake up, wake up,
You sleepy head.      (Shake pointer.)
Out of the leaf he did cry,      (Clasp thumbs and open palms.)
Lo, I am a butterfly!      (Fly hands around like a butterfly.)


Choo, choo, choo, choo,      (Slowly crawl left fingers up right arm
Choo, choo, choo, choo,        from wrist to shoulder.)
Up the railroad track.
Choo, choo, choo, choo,      (Slowly reverse movement and crawl
Choo, choo, choo, choo,        fingers back down your arm.)
And then it comes right back.


(I thought everyone knew this, but several people in a recent workshop said they’d never heard it before!)

Here’s the church        (Cross fingers and fold inside.)
Here’s the steeple.      (Stick up index fingers.)
Open the doors           (Open thumbs.)
And see all the people.      (Wiggle fingers.)
A new verse:
Close the doors          (Fold thumbs over each other.)
And hear them pray.  (Learn ear down to hands.)
Open the door            (Open thumbs.)
And they all go away. (Wiggle fingers behind you.)

(Stand up to begin this rhyme.)

Sunday, Sunday,
Clap, clap, clap.      (Clap hands.)
Monday, Monday,
Tap, tap, tap.          (Tap foot.)
Tuesday, Tuesday,
Hop, hop, hop.       (Hop on one foot.)
Wednesday, Wednesday,
Stop, stop, stop.      (Hold up hand.)
Thursday, Thursday,
Jump, jump, jump.   (Jump on two feet.)
Friday, Friday,
Thump, thump, thump.    (Pound fists together.)
Saturday, Saturday,
Turn around.            (Turn around.)
Now smile quietly
Without a sound!      (Sit down and smile.)


Three little speckled frogs      (Hold up 3 fingers.)
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Glub! Glub!                             (Rub your tummy.)
One jumped into the pool         (Jump index finger up.)
Where it was nice and cool      (Cross arms and shiver.)
Now there are
two green speckled frogs.       (Hold up 2 fingers.)
Two…One…No                     (Make zero with fingers.)

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