Summer Reading Club
space craft special edition 2017

Finger and counting rhymes

Pre-schoolers develop memory and recall skills as they sing and recite songs and poems. They also help children to learn the wonderful sounds of language.

Try these sport and game inspired counting rhymes, finger plays and action songs this summer with your baby or toddler.

Why not attend a rhyme time or baby bounce session at your local public library and share in the fun with others?

 

Contents

 

The text and prompts associated with these GAME ON themed rhymes, finger plays and action songs are the re-purposed original compositions of the 2017 SRC Team and State Library of Queensland, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia. You are free to copy, communicate and adapt these works so long as you attribute State Library of Queensland.

 


Rhymes

Five Little Athletes

Five little athletes ready for GAME ON fun,
(Hold up right hand, fingers outstretched)

Here comes the starter,
(Hold up left pointer finger)

Bang goes the gun!
(Clap hands together to make noise)

This little athlete starts running straight away.
(Hold up and wiggle right thumb)

Off she goes–running, running, running away!
(Wiggle thumb and move from right to left)

Four little athletes ready for GAME ON fun,
(Hold up right hand, fingers outstretched, thumb tucked away)

Here comes the starter,
(Hold up left pointer finger)

Bang goes the gun!
(Clap hands together to make noise)

This little athlete likes the long jump.
(Hold up right index/pointer finger)

Off he goes–jumping, jumping, coming up trumps!
(Bounce finger up and down and away)

Three little athletes ready for GAME ON fun,
(Hold up right hand, fingers outstretched, thumb, and index finger tucked away)

Here comes the starter,
(Hold up left pointer finger)

Bang goes the gun!
(Clap hands together to make noise)

This little athlete likes to swim.
(Hold up right middle finger)

Off she dives– swimming, swimming, swimming for the win!
(Make swimming motion with hands)

Two little athletes ready for GAME ON fun,
(Hold up right hand, fingers outstretched, thumb, pointer and middle finger tucked away)

Here comes the starter,
(Hold up left pointer finger)

Bang goes the gun!
(Clap hands together to make noise)

This little athlete likes to shot put.
(Hold up fourth/ring finger)

Off he goes–spinning, spinning, throwing. Don’t drop it on your foot!
(Make a fist, turn wrist once, twice, then open hand as you make throwing action)

One little athlete ready for GAME ON fun,
(Hold up right hand, all fingers closed with only pinky finger outstretched)

Here comes the starter,
(Hold up left pointer)

Bang goes the gun!
(Clap hands together to make noise)

This little athlete likes to pole vault.
(Hold up right pinky finger)

Off she goes–running, jumping, soaring like a catapault!
(Bounce finger up and down and away)

One, Mr [or Mrs] Starter now all done
All the little athletes have had some GAME ON fun,
(Hold up left pointer, move finger as if to look for more fingers)

Now it’s time for five awards
(Hold up left hand, all fingers outstretched)

Come back athletes
(Hold up right hand, all fingers outstretched)

It’s time for your applause!
(Clap both hands together, murmuring congratulations and thank you’s!)

 

One, Two, Tie My Shoe

1,2 Put on my shoe,
3,4 Open the door,
5,6 Practice my kicks,
7,8 Don’t be late,
9, 10. There are all of our friends.
We’re just in time for the game to begin!


Finger Plays

Two Little Sports Stars

Two little sports stars, (Hold up 2 fingers, one on each hand)
Brave and true.
One wears yellow, (One finger forward)
And the other wears blue. (Bring the other finger forward)
Run away yellow! (One hand behind back)
Run away blue! (Other hand behind back)
Come back yellow. Goal! (Bring first hand out)
Come back blue. Score! (Bring other hand out)

 

Five Sporting Legends

Five sporting legends standing by a door,
One became a cricket coach, and then there were four.
Four sporting legends are watched on TV.
One became a commentator, and then there were three.
Three sporting legends are wondering what to do?
One became a referee, and then there were two.
Two sporting legends–see how fast they can run!
One entered a marathon, and then there was one.
One sporting legend went home for a swim.
He called the other legends to come have a BBQ with him.

 

Shadowy Surprises

One, two, three, (Hold up 3 fingers)
Who can it be? (Shrug shoulders)
I think there’s a magician following me! (Turn around & around)

Four, five, six (Hold up 3 more fingers)
He can play tricks! (Wave hands around in air)
He runs, and jumps and does somersault twists! (Run, jump, & twist)

Eight, nine, ten
He’s disappeared, but then (Cover eyes, open, like you are looking for something lost)
Because he’s a magician, he’s appeared again! (Point at someone pretending you have found the magician again)


Action Songs

Sports star, Sports star, Turn Around

(Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around)

Sports star, sports star turn around
Sports star, sports star touch the ground
Sports star, sports star kick the ball
Sports star, sports star please don’t fall.

Sports star, sports star turn around
Sports star, sports star touch the ground
Sports star, sports star what a catch
Sports star, sports star you’ve won the match!

 

The Footy Player

(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

The Footy player’s arms

Flex and lift,
Flex and lift,
Flex and lift,

The footy player’s arms flex and lift, all over the [field.] (Insert local stadium here)

Other verses:
The Footy player’s

  • Hands catch the ball.
  • Legs run very fast.
  • Fans yell very loud
  • (ask your participants for suggestions)

Last verse:

The Footy referee

Blows his whistle
Blows his whistle,
Blows his whistle,

The footy referee blows his whistle, all over the [field.] (Insert local stadium here)

 

For more songs and counting rhymes visit BusSongs.com

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