Preschool Fingerplays and Songs... Teach AND Entertain!

Preschool fingerplays (songs or poems that have motions) are not only fun for toddlers and preschoolers, but also teach many important skills...

  • Fine motor skills needed for writing
  • Language skills to improve speech and increase vocabulary
  • Gross motor skills that help with walking, running, and jumping

Fingerplays and songs are also an easy way to entertain your preschooler or toddler... waiting in lines, at the doctor's office, in the car...

Enjoy!



Itsy, Bitsy Spider

(A classic preschool fingerplay, but kids love it!)

The Itsy, Bitsy Spider walked up the water spout (alternate thumbs to index fingers walking the "spider" up)

Down came the rain and washed the spider out ("sprinkle" fingers down and wave hands back and forth to "wash the spider out")

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (place arms overhead making a circle for the sun)

And the Itsy, Bitsy Spider walked up the spout again. (again- alternate thumbs to index fingers walking the "spider" up)



Two Little Blackbirds

Two Little Blackbirds sitting on a hill (place both hands behind your back with pointer fingers out)

One named Jack (bring one hand out from behind your back)

One named Jill (repeat--bring other hand out from behind your back)

Fly away Jack (make one finger/hand "flutter" to behind your back)

Fly away Jill (repeat with second finger/hand)

Come back Jack (bring one finger/hand back out)

Come back Jill (repeat with second finger/hand)



Round and Round the Garden

(One of our favorite preschool fingerplays. This one has saved me on plane trips, waiting for the doctor, and in MANY long lines. Try taking turns- first you do it to your toddler and then let her try it on you!)

Round and round the garden like a teddy bear (Have your child hold her hand out palm up. Make a circle motion on her palm with your pointer finger.)

One step...Two steps... (Take "steps" up her arm with your fingers)

Tickle under there! (The favorite part! Tickle on her side or under her arm.)



Open, Shut Them

(One of the most used preschool fingerplays... used in many preschool rooms... perfect to get your child settled down before a meal.)

Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (Hold hands in front of you, open and close them with the words)

Give a little clap, clap, clap. (Clap 3 times with the words)

Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (Hold hands in front of you, open and close them with the words)

Lay them in your lap, lap, lap. (Place hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them. Slowly creep them...right up to your chin, chin, chin. ("Walk" your fingers up your body to your chin)

Open up your little mouth... (open your mouth)

But do not put them in, in, in! (shake your head and put hands quickly in lap)






Create your own preschool fingerplays... add motions or dance to any of your favorite baby songs, holiday songs, valentine songs, math songs, winter songs, or other preschool songs. Your toddler or preschooler (and maybe even you) will have a blast!



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