Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Songs with Hand Motions

I can never remember which songs have good hand motions when I want to sing with Ellie. So I am compiling a list. Feel free to leave comments sharing others so the list can grow! Click on the links to see the songs. Some include both the lyrics and hand motions, others just have the lyrics.

11 comments:

abby said...

Shake Your Sillies Out
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Five Friends in the Bed (and the little one said Roll-Over)
I'm a Nut
Jesus Loves Me
Have You Ever Been A-fishin'?
Marching in the Light of God
My God Is So Big
Herman the Worm
I Blow My Balloon
The Wheels on the Bus
This Little Light of Mine


Some good sources Dr. Jean, Greg & Steve, Raffi, VeggieTales Toddler Sing Along, Jack Hartmann

If you need words to any of those, just let me know...

Tamara said...

Do Your Ears Hang Low
Head-Shoulders-Knees & Toes
Father Abraham

Elizabeth Wickland said...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! Keep 'em coming!

Abby... I actually don't know a lot of the songs you listed! Here are the ones I don't know...

Shake Your Sillies Out
Five Friends in the Bed (and the little one said Roll-Over)
Have You Ever Been A-fishin'?
Marching in the Light of God
Herman the Worm
I Blow My Balloon

And I don't know the motions to I'm a Nut, though I know the song. (If it's the "I'm an acorn small and round, sitting on the cold hard ground..." song)

abby said...

Okay, I can't give you the tune of any of the songs but here are some words:

Shake My Sillies Out (by Raffi)
I'm gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out.
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out.
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out and wiggle my wobbles away.

Then each verse you just change words - jump my jiggles out, clap my crazies out, yawn my sleepies out, etc.
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Five Friends in the Bed
5 friends in the bed (hold up 5 fingers) and the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" (roll hands over each other)
So they all rolled over and one fell out. (mime 1 falling out)
Boom! (clap hands)
4 friends in the bed...
3 friends in the bed...
2, 1...
No friends in the bed and the little one said, "Hey, come back!" (motion for people to come back)

(It's more of a finger play than song)
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Have You Ever Been a Fishin'?
Have you ever been a fishin' (Mime using a fishing pole)
On a bright and sunny day?(shade eyes)
With all the little fishies (wiggle hand like fish)
Swimmin' up (point up) and down the way (point down)
With their hands (hold out hands) in their pockets (tap pockets)
And their pockets (tap pockets again) in their pants (tap pants)
All the little fishies (wiggle hand like a fish) do the hoochie-coochie dance (do a little dance)

This song gets faster each time you sing it.
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Marching in the Light of God (We sing this at church but Lexi really likes it)
We are marching in the light of God, We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God, We are marching in the light of God.
Marching, we are marching, we are marching in the light of God.

Then you can change marching to singing, jumping, playing, praying, sleeping - pretty much any action.
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Herman the Worm
(It's more of a sing-song fingerplay)

Sittin' on a fence post chewing my bubble gum (making chewing noises)
and playin' with my yo-yo, woo-woo (mime a yo-yo going up and down)
and along came Herman the Worm (wiggle finger like a worm)
and he was this big (hold fingers about an inch apart)
And I said, "Herman, what happened?
"I ate a grape"
Sittin' on a fence post....
...and he was this big. (hold hands a little farther apart) I said, "Herman, what happened?
"I ate an apple"
Sittin' on a fence post....
...and he was this big. (hold hands a little farther apart) I said, "Herman, what happened?
"I ate a banana."
Sittin' on a fence post....
...and he was this big. (hold arms all the way apart) I said, "Herman, what happened?
"I ate a watermelon."
Sittin' on a fence post....
...and he was this big. (hold fingers about 1 inch apart) I said, "Herman, what happened?"
"I burped."
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I Blow My Balloon

I blow my balloon (pretend to blow a balloon).
I blow my balloon (prentend to blow balloon.
I blow and blow and blow and blow and blow! (make hands get bigger and bigger)
(Clap hands) Where did my balloon go? (It popped.)

Elizabeth Wickland said...

Thanks!

Alison said...

Great song ideas. I forgot about "Wheels on the Bus" of all songs to forget. My sister sent me a "signing songs" dvd from a yard sale that has great songs with hand motions. I bought another one on amazon.com because it started skipping and my 2 year old daughter loved to watch it so much.

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Katrina said...

The Green Grass Grows All Around
Five Little Ducks (pumpkins, witches)
Popcorn Popping
If You're Happy and You Know it
Do As I'm Doing
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Skidamarink
Love is Something if you give it away
Chocolate - Mexican finger play that is also sung.
Five Little Piggies - finger play sung
Here's the Beehive - ditto
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Four Hugs a Day - Charlotte Diamond
This Old Man
Once there Was a Snowman
There's a Spider on the Floor - Raffi
Dancin' with Mr. Bones - Marcia Louis
The Wheels on the Bus

And some whole body ones:
Sleeping Bunnies
Bunny Hop
Farmer in the Dell
Chicken Dance
All Around the Kitchen
This is the Way the Ladies Ride
One Little Skeleton - Marcia Louis
Dracula Hunt - Charlotte Diamond
Tippy Toes - Marcia Louis
Animal Hokey Pokey
Hokey Pokey

And Lot's More...

Look on you tube for all of these...

Rosilind Jukic said...

I totally shouted you out on my blog. Wow - such great ideas!!! and in the comments section there are even more. I am your newest follower!

http://jukiczr.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-robi-is-doing-this-week.html

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