Finger and hand play T1 (19) 2

Last updated: 8/9/2021 4:57 PM

The apple tree / Here is a tree with leaves so green

The bird’s nest

The birds’ and squirrels’ tea

The busy little worm

The earth needs the raindrops

The friendly little worm

The fairy mouse

The fairies’ wash day

The golden sun is shining

The oak tree

The owl and the brownies

The rainbow

The snake charmer

The sun it rises

The turtle went up the hill

The waves on the sea

The wide-eyed owl

 

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled,

illustrated and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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The apple tree / Here is a tree 🔊

 

 


A simple hand play for Autumn for the very young.

 

1. Put forearms together and spread hands. 2. Make hands into fists. 3. Move hands like the wind and fists tumble down with rolling arms. 4. Make a basket with hand, pick up apples and put them in the basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is a tree with leaves so green.

Here are the apples that hang in between.

When the wind blows the apples will fall,

And here is a basket to gather them all.

 


 

 

The birds’ and squirrels’ tea 🔊

 

 


A hand play. We all get thirsty but not all of us have such dear little drinking vessels .

From the Primer, Modern Music Series, published 1901 by Silver, Burdett Company.

Second verse by Dany Rosevear.

Verse 1. Put up arm and hand with fingers spread. Cross wrists to make birds. Make sqirrel from both hands. Pretend to sip from a cup with little finger out. Make a circle with thumb and forefinger. Verse 2. Scamper fingers around tree. Cup hand on thumb. Put crossed hands to heart. Open and close beaks then wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


‘Neath a tall and spreading tree,

Birds and squirrels drink their tea;

Each one takes a dainty sup,

From a tiny acorn cup.

 

Watch the squirrels having fun,

About the old oak tree they run;

The birds sing oh, so merrily

To thank them kindly for their tea.

 


 

 

 

The bird’s nest 🔊

 

 


A Froebel hand play for Spring.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear to a German nursery tune, ‘Little John’.

 

1. Palms up. 2. Open and close thumb and forefinger, cup palms. 3. Hold up two fingers

put in nest. 4. Hands to cheek. 5. Thumb up, hand to ear. 6. Two fingers poke through curled fist.

7. Hand to ear, open and close forefingers and thumbs. 8. Hands to heart, open and close

forefingers and thumbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here upon the leaves at rest,

A little bird has built her nest.

Two tiny eggs within she’s laid,

And many days beside them stayed.

Now she’s happy; listen well!

Two baby birds break through the shell.

Don’t you hear them? “Peep! Peep! Peep!

We love you, mother, “Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!”


 

 

The busy little worm 🔊

 

 


Learn directions with this simple hand play. From ‘Finger-play songs for the nursery class’ by A.W.I. Chitty published 1949. I couldn’t find this anywhere on the internet.

 

1. 2. Point finger forward and wiggle. 3. Make hole with thumb and forefinger of the other hand. 4. ‘Worm’ goes in. 5.-9. Wiggle to left and right then down and up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The busy little worm,

So long and thin,

He makes a little hole,

And goes right in.

He wriggles to the left,

He wriggles to the right.

Then down he goes,

Up he goes,

Up into the light.

 


 

 

 

The earth needs the raindrops 🔊

 

 


A hand play to remind us we are all dependent on each other and the world around us.

Words by J. Kartsch and music by A. Wagner .

 

Verse 1. Draw a large circle with hands, make rain fall with fingers. Shade eyes. Hands open and close. Put hands to cheek. Verse 2. Arm and hand make a tree. Cup hand on thumb. Put crossed hands to heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The earth needs the raindrops,

The day needs a light,

And heaven needs little stars

When the day turns to night.

 

The tree needs a little branch

Where the bird builds her nest,

And we need a little heart

To love and to trust.

 


 

 

The fairy mouse 🔊

 

 


This song is from ’60 songs for little children’ 1933, words byFrances B. Wood. The melody is a Spanish folk tune ‘De los alamos vengo’ arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Thumb and finger make a house shape. Wiggle finger through hole. Thumb and forefinger nibble at palm of hand. 2. Wiggle forefinger and fingers of other hand. Make hand scurry. Wiggling fingers move down for rain, shape sun and move fingers up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In a dear little house,

There lives a fairy mouse

And he feeds on cream cheese

And honey.

And he feeds on cream cheese

And honey.

 

From his tail to his toes,

In velvet grey he goes,

Be the weather what it may,

Wet or sunny.

Be the weather what it may,

Wet or sunny.

 


 

 

The friendly little worm 🔊

 

 


A friend or not? A hand play.

Words and melody by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Make finger wiggle. 2. Enclose finder in fist and move upwards. 3. Cross fingers at wrists and flap hands. 4. Rub tummy, make finger disappear into fist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One fine day, a friendly little worm,

Popped up its head with a wiggle and a squirm.

Down came a blackbird with a very hungry stare.

“I’d really like to mmm-eat you.”

The worm said, “Don’t you dare!”

 


 

 

The fairies’ wash day 🔊

 

 


One of Maud Burnham’s wonderful hand plays.

Tune by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Cup hands. 2. Show palms and rub together.3. With hands face down, spread apart.

4.Wiggle fingers of one hand then roll hands to make spinning movement. 5. Stretch an imaginary string. 6. Thumb up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is the fairies' wash day

With acorn cups for tubs,

And tiny leaves for washboards,

Each fairy rubs and rubs.

The fairy sheets so white and fine

Upon the grass are lying;

The spider spins a line for them,

And now the clothes are drying.


 

 

The golden sun is shining 🔊

 

 


An early morning hand play to remind us to look up and appreciate the wonders of our world.

Music and second verse by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Draw a large circle with hands, wiggle fingers. Raise upturned hands to the sky and look up. Put hands together and bow, draw smiling mouth. Point to audience.

Verse 2. With circled thumb and forefingers make moon rise up. Hands to face draw apart and look through. Put hands together and bow. Hand to forehead, hands to cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The golden sun is shining,

Up in the sky so blue;

Good morning, happy morning,

Good morning, sun, to you.

 

The pale moon is a-rising,

Up in the dark it peeps;

Good evening moon, good evening,

Keep watch, the world’s asleep.

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

The oak tree 🔊

 

 


This song can be found in ‘Sing a song’ published in 1978. Written by David Dyer, I have accompanied it with a simpler tune and slightly adapted the words to accommodate the new music.

 

Verse 1. Show small with thumb and forefinger, point to another child and self. Repeat. Fingers fall downwards. Lift up arms, hold hand above head. 2. As before. Put finger through hand and grow into a tree. 3. Hold hand above head, point to another child and self. Repeat. With hands stretch move as on a windy day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Smaller than you, smaller than me,

Smaller than you, smaller than me,

The tiny acorn falls from the oak tree,

Great big oak tree, so much bigger than me!

 

Smaller than you, smaller than me,

Smaller than you, smaller than me,

The tiny acorn grows into an oak tree,

Great big oak tree, so much bigger than me!

 

Bigger than you, bigger than me,

Bigger than you, bigger than me,

Now there’s a great big spreading oak tree,

Great big oak tree, so much bigger than me!

 

 


 

 

 

The owl and the brownies 🔊

 

 


How quiet can you be?

Written by Maude Burnham  from ‘Rhymes for little hands’ published 1906. The music is by Lucille F. Wood and can be found in the classic ‘Singing Fun’ published in 1966.

Here it is adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

Line 1. Place two fingers thumb of hand. 2. Put finger to lips. 3. Place thumb and forefingers round eyes. 4. Look around then shake finger. 5. Fingers run up arm. 6. Put finger to lips 7. Two forefingers make beak. 8. Fingers jump off arm, fly and hide behind back. 9. Place two fingers on the other arm. 10. Put finger to lips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree,

He was as quiet as quiet could be;

‘Twas night and his eyes were open like this!

He looked all around; not a thing did he miss!

 

Some brownies crept up to the branch of the tree,

And sat there quietly as still as could be;

Said the wise owl, “Too-whoo, Too-whoo!”

Then up jumped the brownies and away they all flew!

 

An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree,

He was as quiet as quiet could be.

 


 

 

The rainbow 🔊

 

 


Appreciate the wonder of our world - how a rainbow is made. Sing cheerfully.

Another from the words of Emilie Poulsson, music by Eleanor Smith.

 

Line 1. Make a big round shape, wiggle fingers downward. 2. Put hand to mouth. 3. Point upwards. 4. Make rain as before and wiggle fingers up for the sunshine. 5. Hands move outwards. 6. Sweep hands overhead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sun shining, rain falling,

And everyone calling,

Oh! Look at the glorious sky!

For shower and shining,

In beauty combining,

A rainbow have painted on high.

 


 

 

The snake charmer 🔊

 

 


This familiar piece of musicis  associated with belly dancing and has a number of titles including ‘The streets of Cairo’; you can also find children’s verses with inappropriate words! These words come from flute and piano tutors.

 

1. Hand and arm make a basket. 2. The other hand rests on arm through hole made. 3.Play pretend flute. 4. Snakes head rises, looks around, bends and sways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In a place I know,

A magician has a show;

In his basket deep

Lies a cobra fast asleep.

When the master plays a haunting sound,

It rises up and looks around,

It bends and sways

While the master’s music plays.

 


 

 

 

The sun it rises 🔊

 

 


A gentle had play to calm everyone or before bedtime. Discuss where the sun rises.

Can also be sung as a round.

 

Line 1. and 2. While sitting lift arms from lap in a rounded shape and move slowly from low left, overhead and then gently down on the right side. 3. and 4. Bring rounded arms up in front, open arms and wiggle fingers downwards in front to settle in lap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The sun it rises in the day,

And in the evening slips away.

The moon it comes up in the night,

And fades away in the morning light.

 


 

 

The waves on the sea 🔊

 

 


All at sea. A great one for accompanying with percussion as well as for actions, and you can easily add your own marine verses.

 

Line 1. Wave hands up and down. 2. Place hands together and swish from side to side. 3. Open and close hands. 4. Roll arms round each other. 5. With hands face down wiggle fingers. 6. Hands and arms make a leaping motion. 7. Pull an imaginary lever for each toot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The waves on the sea go up and down,

Up and down, up and down.

The waves on the sea go up and down,

All day long.

 

The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish,

The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,

All day long.

 

The sharks in the sea go snap, snap, snap,

Snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap,

The sharks in the sea go snap, snap, snap,

All day long.

 

The seals in the sea roll round and round,

Round and round, round and round,

The seals in the sea roll round and round,

All day long.

 

The jellyfish in the sea go wibble, wobble, wibble,

Wibble, wobble, wibble, wibble, wobble, wibble,

The jellyfish in the sea go wibble, wobble, wibble,

All day long.

 

The dolphins in the sea they dip and dive,

Dip and dive, dip and dive,

The dolphins in the sea they dip and dive,

All day long.

 

The boats on the sea go toot, toot, toot,

Toot, toot, toot, toot, toot, toot,

The boats on the sea go toot, toot, toot,

All day long.

 


 

 

The turtle went up the hill 🔊

 

 


A rhyme to play with a toddler. Older children can do it on their own arm.

 

1.  Walk up arm with two fingers. 2. One finger slithers up the arm. 3. Raise two fingers from fist and jump up arm. 4. Curl fingers into a fist and thud each hand. 5. Show rock with hands and fingers spread. 6. Roll arms round each other. 7. Clap hands loudly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The turtle went up the hill:

Creepy, creepy, creepy,

The snake went up the hill:

Slither, slither, slither,

The rabbit went up the hill:

Boing! Boing! Boing!

The elephant went up the hill:

Thud, thud, thud,

And then a great big rock came DOWN the hill!

Bumpity, bumpity, bumpity, bumpity,

Bumpity, bumpity, CRASH! 

 


 

 

 

The wide-eyed owl 🔊

 

 


Whoo-whoo’s looking? A traditional rhyme set to the tune of ‘Simple gifts’.

 

1.  Make circles around eyes with fingers. 2. Hook fore finger to make nose. 3. First two fingers to side of head. 4. Curl fingers like claws in front of chest. 5. Hold hands fingers spread high above head. 6.  Make circles around eyes with fingers. 7. Bend elbows and flap. 8. Make owl sounds .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There’s a wide-eyed owl

With a pointed nose,

Two pointy ears

And claws for its toes,

It sits high in a tree

Looking down at you,

Flaps its wings and says,

“Too-whit-to-whoo!”

 


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