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5 Little Pumpkins

Published on October 28, 2019 under Winter

Rhymes and movements for the hands and fingers, some of which date at almost 2000 years, are still used in early childhood classrooms, as well as the more modern action songs that involve the whole body.

When you were a child you might remember finger plays such as “twinkle twinkle little star “or “old Mary Mack.”

As children learn finger plays and action songs, they learn the names of body parts, numbers, and shapes. They also learn other concepts and skills, including:

Manual dexterity in muscle control

Sense of rhythm and speech and music

New vocabulary

Ability to follow directions

Grasp of order and sequence

Increased attention span, and

Listening skills.

Finger plays in action songs are fun way to learn. They are a great way to pass a few minutes of transition time while you are waiting for the next activity

The kids favorite Halloween fingerplay is called “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 I’m ready for some fun

Wooooooo went the wind,

and out ( clap ) went the light.

Five little pumpkins rolled out of sight .

Video courtesy of paisley 😂😂😂

Learning is always appropriate when it involves fun play. 


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