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Winter Fingerplays
snowflakes
The Snow

This is the way the snow comes down,
Upon a winter day,
But soon the golden sun comes out,
And melts it all away.

Lines 1 & 2: flutter fingers down from arms raised position until arms are lowered.
Lines 3 & 4: make large circle with fingers for sun.

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
Making a Snowman

Roll a snowball round and round,
Round and round upon the ground.
Make one, make two, here's what you do,
You can build a snowman too.
As the sun shines down some day,
Poor snowman, he will melt away.

Lines 1 & 2: roll hands around each other.
Line 3: make two fists, then put one on top of the other.
Lines 4 & 5: hold fists in snowman position.
Line 6: open hands flat out on top of each other.

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

O, clap, clap the hands,
And sing with glee!
For Christmas is coming
And merry are we.

How swift o'er the snow
The tiny reindeer
Are trotting and bringing
Good Santa Claus near.

Our Stockings we'll hang,
And while we're asleep,
Then down through the chimney
Will Santa Claus creep.

He'll empty his pack,
Then up he will come
And calling his reindeer,
Will haste away home.

Then clap, clap the hands!
And sing out with glee,
For Christmas is coming
And merry are we!

 

Fingerplay motions

Verse 1 - All lines: clap hands.
 
 

Verse 2 - All lines: lock thumbs together and make walking motions with other fingers to indicate reindeer and sleigh.
 
 

Verse 3 - Lines 1 & 2: point down with four fingers of one hand.
Lines 3 & 4: put one fist on top of the other to represent chimney andd put upper thumb inside of upper fist to represent Santa Claus going down chimney.

Verse 4 - Lines 1 & 2: raise thumb from upper fist as Santa Claus comes up chimney.
Lines 3 & 4: lock thumbs and walk with fingers.
 

Verse 5 - All lines: clap hands.

Emilie Poulsson, Author, 1893 
from Children's Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and Other Rhythms (McFarland Pub. 1983, 2006) by Gloria T. Delama

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