Rhymes, finger plays and action songs

Put hands together and move them back and forth like a fish swimming

Preschoolers develop memory and recall skills as they sing and recite songs and poems. Rhymes, finger plays and action songs help children to learn the wonderful sounds of language.

Try these Curious Creature inspired rhymes, finger plays and action songs this summer with your baby or toddler.

For more Baby Play and Rhyme Time fun why not attend a rhyme time or baby bounce session at your local public library? Check their websites for times and locations.


Rhymes

Barramundi Song (to tune of Frere Jacques)

V1.

Barramundi, Barramundi

Put hands together and move them back and forth like a fish swimming

Cockatoo, Cockatoo!

Put one hand on top of your head to mime the crest on the head of a cockatoo

Cuddly Koala, Cuddly Koala

Hug yourself

Kangaroo, Kangaroo

Put your hands in front of you with fingertips pointing down, arms bent at the elbow to look like a kangaroo’s little hands and jump (if you’re standing).

V2.

Sugar glider, Sugar glider

Spread hands out like you’re swimming

Tassie Devil, Tassie Devil

Use hands to make claws OR put hands together to make jaws

Platypus and Wombat, Platypus and Wombat

(Platypus) hand moves from one side to the other (like swimming); (Wombat) put hand on nose

Crocodile, Crocodile

Put hands together to make crocodile jaws (snap snap)

Watch Barramundi, Barramundi performed by staff at Tablelands Library, QLD

Barramundi… Cockatoo…A great rhyme to learn and share at home with your littlies. Don’t forget the actions! Demo courtesy of the wonderful Tablelands Libraries 💚💙🧡

Posted by First 5 Forever on Thursday, 18 October 2018

 

Feathers, fur or fins?

V1.

Feathers, fur or fins?
Feathers, fur or fins?
If it walks on legs or flies on wings,
If it runs or crawls or slithers or swims,
It’s got its place in the scheme of things,
Feathers, fur or fins.

V2.

Shell or skin or scale?
They’re mother nature’s marvels,
From the ant up to the whale.
And if we ever lose them,
They won’t be back again.
So let’s take good care of every
Feather, fur or fin!


Finger Plays

Going on a treasure hunt

Going on a treasure hunt

Put hand to forehead, like you are looking for something or make binoculars with hands

X marks the spot

Cross both wrists to make an X

Big circle, little circle dot, dot, dot

Use hand to draw a big circle on child’s tummy, a little circle, and your index finger to poke tummy on dot, dot, dot.

Little snakes climb up your back,
Bite, bite, bite

Run fingers up child’s legs, tummy and arms… Use hands to softly pinch child’s body

Little spiders crawl up your back,
Bite, bite, bite

Run fingers up child’s legs, tummy and arms… Use hands to softly pinch child’s body

Cool breeze,

Swish hands over body or blow air across child’s face

Tight squeeze… Now you’ve got the shivers!

Squeeze and cuddle and gently rock child like they are shivering.

 

Here is the beehive (like here is the church)

Here is the beehive

Interlock fingers with fingers pointing down. Thumbs should face you crossed. This is your beehive.

But where are the bees? Hidden away where nobody sees.

Rock your beehive around, but don’t let them see your fingers (the bees).

Watch and you’ll see them… Come out of the hive,

Slowly turn your hands over… And wiggle your fingers while hands are still interlocked

1, 2, 3, 4, 5… They’re alive! Buzzzzzzz!

Lift fingers as your count, unlock hands… Wriggle fingers and wave hands while making bee sound.

 


Action Songs

Aussie Animals (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

This Aussie animal jumps about, jumps about, jumps about

This Aussie animal jumps about all over the land.

Ask: What is it? A kangaroo.

 

This Aussie animal has a duck beak, has a duck beak, has a duck beak,

This Aussie animal has a duck beak and a beaver tail.

Ask: What is it? A platypus.

 

This Aussie animal lives in trees, lives in trees, lives in trees

This Aussie animal lives in tress, eating lots of Eucalyptus leaves.

Ask: What is it? A koala

 

This Aussie animal has a blue tongue, has a blue tongue, has a blue tongue

This Aussie animal has a blue tongue, and likes to lay in the sun.

Ask: What is it? A blue-tongue lizard

 

Kangaroo, Kangaroo Turn Around (Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around)

V1.

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– turn around

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– hop on the ground

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– bounce your tail

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– watch out for the snail!

V2.

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– turn around

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– hop on the ground

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– put your paws in your pouch

Kangaroo, Kangaroo– don’t step on the mouse!

V3.

Kangaroo, Kangaroo—stamp your feet

Kangaroo, Kangaroo –skip to the beat

Kangaroo, Kangaroo–we love you so

Kangaroo, Kangaroo–it’s time to go!

 


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The text and prompts associated with these Curious Creatures themed rhymes, finger plays and action songs are the re-purposed original compositions of the SRC Team and State Library of Queensland, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. You are free to copy, communicate and adapt these works so long as you attribute State Library of Queensland.

 

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