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Fingerplays have traditionally played an important role in education, teaching rhythm, muscle control, and language. They can also teach good character and provide information about certain subjects.
Children like them because they are fun to do.
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Also see Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes

Goldfish

My darling little goldfish
Hasn't any toes.
He swims around without a sound
And bumps his hungry nose.
He can't get out to play with me
Nor I get in to him.
     Although I say, "Come out and play."
     He says, "Come in and swim."

Lines 1, 2, & 3: right hand makes wavy swimming motions.
Line 4: right hand bumps own nose.
Line 5: right hand swims.
Line 6: left hand stand upright.
Line 7: left hand motions to right hand.
Line 8: right hand motions to left hand.

Author Unknown 
from Children's Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms (McFarland Pub. 1983, 2006) by Gloria T. Delamar 
Mousie Brown

Up the candlestick he ran,
Little Mousie Brown,
To go and eat the tallow,
But he couldn't get back down.
"Grandma, Grandma,"
But his Grandma was in town,
So he doubled up into a ball,
And rolled right down.

Line 1: raise right arm and let fingers of the left hand run to the top of the right hand.
Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. & 7: let left (Mousie) sit on top of right hand (candle).
Lines 8 & 9: make a fist of left hand and bring it down the right arm in a tumbling motion.

Old Chinese Rhyme 
from Children's Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms (McFarland Pub. 1983, 2006) by Gloria T. Delamar 

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