First 5 Years

Families

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Families, portrait of a young mixed race family of fourCelebrate families of all kinds with these stories, rhymes, and fingerplays. 



Babies

Book Jacket: Babies on the Go
Babies on the Go
by Linda Ashman; illustrated by Jane Dyer
ISBN: 9780152058869
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Rhyme: "Families"
 
Some families are large. (spread arms out wide)
Some families are small, (bring arms close together)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest)
Best of all!  

Toddlers

Book Jacket: Grandpa and Me
Grandpa and Me
by Karen Katz
ISBN: 0689866445
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Book Jacket: TitleTwo Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie
by J.D. Lester, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
ISBN: 9780375859045
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Fingerplay: "Three in a Family"
This fingerplay is easily adapted to the configuration of your family.
 
Here is Daddy (point to thumb)
Here is Mommy (point to index finger)
Here I am for three (point to pinky)
Together we're a family  
As happy as can be! (clap)



 

Preschoolers

Book Jacket: The Fathers are Coming Home
The Fathers are Coming Home
by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Stephen Savage
ISBN: 978068983345
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Fingerplay: "Finger Family"
Tommy Thumb is up. (hold both thumbs up)
Tommy Thumb is down. (hold  both thumbs down)
Tommy Thumb is dancing,
dancing all around.
(Make thumbs dance all round.)
He's dancing on my shoulders,
he's dancing on my head.
(Place thumbs on a on shoulders
and then on your head.)
He's dancing on my tummy
and the he goes to bed.
(Place thumbs on tummy
and then
place one thumb in the other hand
as if to go to sleep)
Peter Pointers up. (Hold both index fingers up.)
Peter Pointers down. (Point both index fingers down.)
Peter Pointers dancing,
dancing all around.
(Make index fingers dance.)
He's dancing on my shoulders,
he's dancing on my head.
(Place index fingers on shoulders
and then on top of your head.)
He's dancing on my tummy
and then he goes to bed.
(Place index fingers on your tummy
and then place the other index
finger in the other hand as if
it is going to sleep.)
Middle Twins are up. (Point middle finger and
index finger up)
Middle Twins are down. (Point middle finger and
index finger down)
Middle Twins are dancing,
dancing all around.
(Pretend that the middle finger
and ring finger are dancing)
They're dancing on my shoulders,
they are dancing on my head.
(Place middle and ring finger on
your shoulders and on your head.)
They're dancing on my tummy and
then they go to bed.
(Place middle and ring finger
on your tummy.
Then take the middle and ring finger
and place them in one hand as if they
are going to sleep.)
Patty Pinky's up. (Hold your pinky up.)
Patty Pinky's down. (Point your pinky down.)
Patty Pinky's dancing,
dancing all around.
(Pretend that your pinky
is dancing.)
She's dancing on my shoulders.
She's dancing on my head.
(Place pinky on your shoulders
and on your head.)
She's dancing on my stomach
and then she goes to bed.
(Place your pinky on your stomach
then place it in your other hand
as if it were going to go to sleep.)
The Finger Family's up. (Hold all your fingers up.)
The Finger Family's down. (Point all your fingers down.)
The Finger Family's dancing,
dancing all around.
(Pretend to make your
fingers dance.)
They're dancing on my shoulder,
they're dancing on my head.
(Place fingers on your shoulder
and then on your head.)
They're dancing on my stomach and
then they go to bed. GOOD NIGHT!!!
(Place fingers on your stomach
and then in your other hand as if
they were going to sleep.)

Video: "Tommy Thumbs"