Here are two traditional autumn fingerplays for you to enjoy!
I know it can be hard to follow fingerplay instructions without a visual, so I decided to try something new and put them on video.
Please note my intention is for parents to watch the videos on their own and learn the fingerplays to teach their children (not for children to watch the videos).
Up he goes
to the tree top!
round and round,
Down he scampers
to the ground.
what a tail!
Tall as a feather, broad as a sail!
Where’s his supper?
In the shell!
out it fell.
swing hand back and forth up to the treetop
move hand back down in circular motion
use forearm and hand to make a tall tail
cup hands to show nutshell
use hands to show cracking nutshell and nut dropping out
nibble nuts like little squirrels!
Here Stands an Apple Tree
Here stands an apple tree,
I look up and I can see,
Big red apples ripe and sweet,
Big red apples good to eat.
Shake the big old apple tree,
See the apples fall on me.
Here’s a basket big and round,
Pick the apples from the ground.
Here’s an apple ripe and sweet,
That’s the one that I will eat!
stretch arms out in front of you
arms swing up above head, look up
reach and pick an apple from tree with one hand
reach and pick an apple from tree with other hand
shake the tree trunk
duck and cover head
arms link to form basket
pick up apples from ground to pile in basket
pick out an apple from basket and hold it up
polish apple and take a big bite