Thursday, February 12, 2009

ABC's and 123's

Here are some songs that I use when we do a number or alphabet themed class. They are fun and the kids like them.

Counting Fingerplay

Have children in your circle on their feet, get a beat going with a clap and a stomp & say "Get your potatoes up! And let's count!" Hold up fists (potatoes) to count with fingers up.

One potato, two potato, three potato, four!
Well, I made a batch of hot potatoes and
(bend forward and stir as in a big pot)
Dropped 'em on the floor!!
(look shocked, and put hands on face in surprise)
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, eight!
So I stomped 'em into mashed potatoes
(stomp feet while walking forward a few steps and then back)
And plopped 'em on a plate
(hands out like plopping potatoes on a plate!)
Nine potato, ten potato, can't believe my eyes!
(cover and uncover eyes in surprise)
The children ate 'em up and now they want some french fries!!!
(Say to children "how many?" and march with swinging arms and stomping feet while counting...)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 fries!
(jump up and reach over head to sky on 10)
Do the count again, faster and a third time even faster then plop back down to sitting after the last 10.

ABC Exercise
Do the motions to the letters

Learn the abc's with ease
While getting fit and having fun

A arch B bend C clap
D droop E expand F flop
G grow H hop I itch
J jog K kick L leap
M march N nod O open
P prance Q quake R rock
S squat T turn U uncurl
V vibrate W walk X make an X shape
Y yawn Z zig zag

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