Fingerplay Recap with Debi and Elissa

Productive Play Recap

Show #10 Fingerplays

Aired April 15th 2014

Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week where we discussed the importance of fingerplays/songs and poems and how these can be used anywhere at anytime with your child.  After each “Productive Play” show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog. Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activities, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need!

Productive Play Show 10


Finger plays are poems or songs that use hand actions or movement to engage a child’s interest. There are so many benefits to finger plays! They can be done anywhere and at anytime to help educate a child, bring smiles to faces or help distract a fussy child. Educational benefits include, language and vocabulary development, number concepts, following directions, position words and directionality, social/emotional development, motor skills/coordination and reinforces early literacy concepts such as developing longer attention spans, listening to rhymes, or listening skills.  Below are the finger plays we sang on todays show and it includes where it can be found on the website (

“Open, Shut Them”

 Open shut them Open shut them give a little clap.

Open shut them Open shut them fold them in your lap.

Creep them Creep them to your little chin

Open wide your mouth – BUT don’t put your fingers in.


“Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes”

Month 2 Activity 24.

 Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes or fast

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes.

Head Shoulder, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes and

Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes.

(Faster, Slower)

 “Up Down Turn Around”

Month 8 Activity 14.

Up, Down, Turn Around.

Touch the sky, and touch the ground.

Jiggle tummy,

Blink your eyes,

Blow a kiss and say “Good-bye”


“Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play”

Month 6 Activity 26

 Five little ducks went out to play.

Over the hills and far away.

Mother Duck says, “Quack, quack quack”

Four little ducks come running back.

(Continue counting down until you reach zero ducks)


“Way Up High”

Month 3 Activity 26

Way up high in an apple tree

Two red apples look down at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could.

Down came the apples.  MMMMmmmm they were good

(Try different fruits: oranges, bananas etc..)


“The Itsy, Bitsy, Spider”

Month 4 Activity 21

The itsy, bitsy, spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the Itsy, Bitsy, Spider went up the spout again

(Try teeny tiny and great big spider!)

“Five Little Pumpkins”

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late.”

The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”

The third one said, “But we don’t care!”

The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”

The fifth one said, “We are ready for some fun!”

Then OOOhh went the wind

And out went the lights (clap)

And the five little pumpkins rolled quickly out of sight. (roll hands)


“Ram Sam Sam”

Arms up high, Reach for the sky.

Let’s sing and move along

To the silly, silly, Ram Sam Song

A ram sam sam A ram sam sam, Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam 2 x

Aravi aravi guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam 2x

Arms up high, Reach for the sky.

If you want to be a Ram Sam master

You gotta go a little faster.

(go faster and faster!)



1) “Wee Sing Children’s Songs and Fingerplays” by Pamela Beall and Susan Hagen.

2) “Growing With Shapo: Nursery Rhymes for Special Times With Fingerplays and More” by Edna Navon

3) “Hand Rhymes” by Marc Brown.

Meet Debi DuttoProductive Play Shown and Elissa Sungar    

Thanks for stopping by Word of Mom Radio. We are quite excited for the opportunity to share ideas and activities during the monthly show of Productive Play. If you have any questions, or show ideas or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us. And remember to visit and discover over 300+ free activities that help prepare kids for kindergarten and life! ~ Debi & Elissa

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