Friday, April 29, 2011

Move it Baby!

It's my Body and I can Move it if I want to!

Sing it baby!

It's my Body and I can move if I want to, groove if I want to, move if I want to. You would move too if you want-ed toooo.

Today's list is a tad long, please just pick and choose to fit the amount of time you have. Be sure to look at the end where I've added some ideas to insert in cases of emergency. As in times where you've wound up the kids to such a pitch that it seems impossible to calm them down ;)

I am Special
Frere Jacques tune

I am special!
I am special!
Look at me, you will see
Someone very special
Someone very special
Oh, that's me!
Yes, that's me!

Once I was a Baby
Tune: Once there was a Snowman

Once I was a baby, baby, baby
Once I was a baby, small, small, small

Now I'm getting bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger,
I'm getting bigger, tall, tall, tall

Body Parts by Chuck Schacht

 My parts are big
-stretch your arms way out
My parts are small
-index fingers close together
There's parts that help me taste and crawl
-point to tongue and then knees
There's parts that help me touch and see
-touch fingers and eyes
I know all the parts of ME!
-thumb to self

Knock Knock
-baby lies on floor, facing parent

Knock, knock, knock
-parent knocks on the floor
Peek in
-cover baby's arms over eyes and quickly uncover them
Open the latch
-cross baby's arms over chest and then extend out to side
Walk in
-walk fingers up baby's tummy
How do you do Mr. Chinny chin chin?
-Tickle baby under chin!

Eye Winker

Eye winker

-point to the part
Tom tinker
Nose smeller
Mouth eater
Chin chopper
Chin chopper
Chin chopper

-and then tickle baby under chin

Toe-sy Woe-sy

Toe-sy Woe-sy

-tap each body part
Wee footy
Shin chappy
Knee nappy
Bulgie wulgie
Neckie peckie
Chinny winny
Nosy posy
Eye winky
Brow brinky
Over the crown we go

-tickle over the head and down back
Down, down, down the back, start over again!

What do you See With?
Frere Jacques tune

What do you see with
What do you see with?

-point to eyes
Tell me now, tell me now.
These are what you see with
These are your...

-audience answers ‘eyes!'

Continue with:
smell with -nose
taste with -tongue
clap with -hands
snap with -fingers
kiss with -lips
tap with -feet

Your Nose
OPL Linkfrom the Book and CD Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton

Play it, Sing it, You can have a LOT of fun with this little song!

...a Whoa whoa Whoa, your nose!


I've got Fingers and Toes!!!

Put Your Finger in the Air by Woody Guthrie
OPL Link

Put your finger in the air, in the air.
Put your finger in the air, in the air.
Put your finger in the air, and hold it right up there.
Put your finger in the air, in the air.

Put your finger on your cheek, on your cheek.
... leave it there a week.
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose.
... see if it grows.
Put your finger on your ear, on your ear.
... leave it there a year.
Put your finger on your finger, on your finger.
... leave it there, let it linger.

Circle Left

Circle left do -oh, do -oh
-hands in a circle to the left!
Circle left do -oh, do -oh
Circle left do -oh, do -oh
Shake them fingers down
-shake out fingers to the ground

Circle right do -oh, do -oh
-hands in a circle to the right!
Circle left do -oh, do -oh
Circle left do -oh, do -oh
Shake them fingers down!

-shake out fingers to the ground

Open them Shut Them

Open them, shut them, Open them, shut them

-open and shut fingers-in fists
Give a little clap
Open them, shut them, Open them, shut them

Fold them in your lap
-fold hands in lap
Creep them, creep them, creep them,
-creep fingers up belly, neck ,chin, don't hesitate to tickle!
Up to your chin, Open your mouth wide...
-open mouth...
But do not let them in.-hide hands quickly

Fee Fie Foe Fum

Fee, fie, foe, fum!

-stand up and stomp it out, hands behind back
See my fingers
-bring fingers out, thumbs tucked under, hold up fingers
See my thumbs
-fold fingers down, show thumbs

Fee, fie, foe, fum!
-stomp it out again, hands out, fingers out
Fingers gone
-fold fingers down
So are thumbs
-tuck thumbs inside fingers and put hands behind back

I've got piggies!! Do you have piggies?? I've got piggies!!!...

Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood
OPL Link
I have turned this book into a fingerplay told with a mixture of American Sign Language signs; dirty, clean, cold, hot and just funny finger actions; hands out fingers wiggling madly: Make sure you get in a few good tickles as the piggies ‘skip down your tummy' and ‘dance on your toes' Put your hands behind your back when they run away and hide. Now really play up the piggie kisses!

This little Piggie went to Market
shoes off, or use your fingers

This little Piggie went to Market
This little Piggie stayed home
This little piggie had roast beef
This little piggie had none
and this little piggie went wee wee wee all the way home

Wee Wiggie

Wee Wiggie

-start with little toe (or fingers)
Poke Piggie
Tom Whistle
John Gristle
And big old

Where is Thumbkin?
Tune: Frere Jacques OPL Link to Raffi's Corner Grocery Story CD /
Start with hands behind your back, march out the correct appendage at the right time

 Where is thumbkin, where is thumbkin
Here I am, Here I am
How are you today sir?

-one thumb bows to the other
Very well I thank you.
-other thumb bows
Run away, run away-hands behind back again

repeat with:
Where is pointer
Where is tall man
Where is ring man
Where is pinkie
Where is the family

Thumb Bold

Thumb Bold
-tap fingers, start with thumb
Lick pan
Little, little, little man

Master Thumb

Master thumb is first to come
Then pointer, steady strong,
Then tall man high,
And just nearby
The feeble man does linger,
And last of all,
So neat and small,
Comes little pinky finger.

Ten Little Toesies
Ten Little Indians tune / OPL Link to 101 Fav. Childrens Songs Vol 3
Shoes off! Let's get ready....

One little, two little, three little toesies,
Four little, five little, six little toesies,
Seven little, eight little, nine little toesies,
Ten little tickly toes-ey!

Ten little, nine little, eight little toesies,
Seven little, six little, five little toesies,
Four little, three little, two little toesies,
One little tickly toes-ey!


Now you're all warmed up, and some of us are steamy!
Let's see what you can do!

Whoops Johnny
*each parent substitute your baby's name
This is a great one for teaching spacial relationships

Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Johnny
-tap each finger when you say Johnny -pinky, ring, tall, pointer
Whoops Johnny
-slide your finger down baby's pointer finger and up baby's thumb at ‘whoops'; tap thumb-tip on Johnny
Whoops Johnny
-now go backwards - down thumb, up pointer
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Johnny
-pointer, tall, ring, pinky

Head Shoulders Knees andToes
London Bridge is Falling Down tune / OPL Link to 100 Childrens Favorites CD

Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes
Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes
I Love my Baby!

Eyes and Ears Mouth and Nose, Mouth and Nose, Mouth and Nose
Eyes and Ears Mouth and Nose, Mouth and Nose, Mouth and Nose
I Love my Baby!

Let's see how you move those parts now!

Eyes Nose Fingers and Toes by Judy Hindley
OPL Link

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
OPL Link
this is an excellent book to move to, involving all the parts of the body - let's do what the animals do! I can do it!

Oliver Twist Twist Twist

-twist at the twists and point to the parts as you sing them

Oliver twist twist twist
Can't do this this this
Touch his knees knees knees
Touch his nose nose nose
Touch his hair hair hair
Touch his toes toes toes

Oliver twist twist twist
Can't do this this this
Touch his ears ears ears
Touch his waist waist waist
Touch his eyes eyes eyes
Touch his face face face

Johnny Works with One Hammer
OPL Link to Fingerplays and Footplays for Fun and Learning CD
 Johnny works with one hammer, one hammer.
-one hand pounds knee
Johnny works with one hammer, now he works with two.
-both hands
Johnny works with two hammers, two hammers. Johnny works with two hammers, now he works with three.
-two hands, one foot
Four -both hands, both feet
Five -both hands, both feet, head nods
Six -both hands, both feet, head nods, tongue out - CAREFUL don't bite it! LOL!)

I'm All Made of Hinges
from the Primary Songbook CD Book / OPL Link

I'm all made of hinges -arms wiggle loosely, neck, back, be scarecrow wobbly
'cause everything bends
from the top of my head all the way to my ends -hands to head, bend over touch toes
I'm Hinges in front -lean forward
and I'm hinges in back -lean back
I'm glad I've got hinges
or else I would CRACK! -CLAP

Alrighty! I know you can move all like scarecrows,
let's BE scarecrows

I'm a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
-from the book Head Shoulders Knees and Toes by Zita Newcome
see more below

"I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my arms like this
I can shake my legs like that"

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
OPL Link to book / OPL Link to More Singable Sings CD
I recommend singing and acting this one out instead of reading the book. Particularly for the toddlers and babies this laptime is meant for

Ooo, I just love my baby!

Kissy, Kissy Baby

Kissy, Kissy, fingers,
Kissy, Kissy, toes,
Kissy, Kissy, baby,
On your kissy nose

I Love to kiss your fingers,
I Love to kiss your toes,
I Love to kiss my baby,
On your kissy nose!

Pinkety Pink

Pinkety, pinkety, thumb to thumb,
-Put your thumbs on baby's thumbs
Wish a wish, and it's sure to come.
If yours come true, mine will come true,
-Wrap your thumbs around the baby's thumbs
Pinkety, pinkety, thumb to thumb
-Kiss baby's thumbs

Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance'em all around!
Dance'em on your tummy
Dance'em on your head
Dance'em on your shoulders
And dance'em off to bed.

Good night and sleep tight babies!


Is your audience getting a little wound up? Try this is you need a calming moment:

Two Little Hands
Twinkle Twinkle little Star tune
OPL Link to One Light One Sun CD by Raffi

Two little hands go clap clap clap
Two little feet go tap tap tap
Two little hands go thump thump thump (thump on the floor)
Two little feet go jump jump jump
One little body turns around
One little child sits quietly down

Roly Poly
another great idea I learned from Alison

Roly poly, roly poly, up, up up!
~roll forearms, mid body and then up, up

Roly poly, roly poly, out, out out!
~ roll hands out to sides

Roly poly, roly poly, clap, clap, clap

Roly poly, roly poly, fold them in your lap
~fold arms and we are ready to begin!


Sometimes my hands are at my side
-hands along your side
Then behind my back they hide
-hide hands
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so
-wiggly fingers out in front of you
Shake them fast. Shake them slow
-suit actions to words
Sometimes my hands go clap clap clap
Then I rest them in my lap
-fold hands in lap
Now they're quiet as can be
-shhh, one finger to lips
Because it's listening time you see.
-cup hands to ears

suit actions to words

I wiggle my fingers
I wiggle my toes
I wiggle my shoulders
I wiggle my nose
Now no more wiggles are left in me
So I will be as still as still can be

Traditional Alternate

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
-point to parts as you sing them!

Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose!


Seasonal Option:

I'm a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
Real Player Clip
-from the book Head Shoulders Knees and Toes by Zita Newcome

When all the cows were sleeping
And the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the scarecrow
And this is what he said!

I'm a dingle, dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that

When all the hens were roosting
And the moon behind the cloud
Up jumped the scarecrow
And shouted very loud


When the dogs were in the kennels
And the doves were in the loft
Up jumped the scarecrow
And whispered very soft


repeat Chorus

(the mini storyline that goes along with the chorus is great for leading the kids in a normal voice, a whisper and then a loud voice.)



Here are My Hands by Bill Martin
OPL Link
~ Perfect for Laptime, share the book or tell it with actions

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
OPL Link
~ Great new baby book, but also so very very good for learning that no matter where we were born, we are all the same.

A Beautiful Girl by Amy Schwartz
~ Suitable for Laptime but I can really see the Storytime age kids really getting the humor and having fun with this little book.

note: A really fun idea is to use a puppet, or if you can swing it, a marionette to do some of the actions. Now, needless to say (if you've attempted it, you will know) that you need to use your self for 'Johnny works with One Hammer'! I want a video if you manage it with the marionette! Also, the tickle songs are definitely more fun to do if you have a live helper to really tickle!

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