Here are some simple fingerplays and rhymes you can try at home with your child. This month's theme is chickens!
Here's a Little Egg
Here's a little egg, so smooth and white [Sit criss-cross applesauce, head down, arms in lap]
Peck, peck, peck, there's something inside! [Move head slightly at each peck]
Peck, peck, peck, here comes a little beak [Move head on each peck, raising it a little higher each time]
Peck, peck, peck, here come two little feet [Extend feet a little farther on each peck]
Peck, peck, peck, and peck, peck, peck. [straighten body and move arms on each word, spreading wider]
and crack, crack, CRACK! [move to squatting position] Out pops the baby chicken! [Stand up, arms above head]
Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten. [Hold up two hands]
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen. [Fold one hand over the other]
Crackle, crackle, crackle; what do I see? [Clap three times]
Ten fluffy chickens, as yellow as can be! [Hold up and wiggle ten fingers]
This Little Chick
This little chick got into the barn [Hold up index finger]
This little chick ate all the corn [Hold up middle finger]
This little chick said he wasn't well [Hold up ring finger]
This little chick said he'd go tell [Hold up pinky finger]
But this little chick said "Peep, peep, peep" [Hold up thumb and wiggle it]
"Please be quiet, I'm trying to sleep!" [Wiggle thumb]
I'm a Little Chicken [Tune:Little Teapot]
I'm a little chicken, short and fat.
Covered in feathers with a tail in back.
When I get real hungry, I flap my wings,
and look for bugs and yummy things.
Hens of a Different Color
This little hen is BLACK,She stands in the barnyard by the big hay stack.
This little hen is RED, She is vert tired and won't get out of bed.
This little hen is BROWN, She is feeling sad and wearing a frown.
This little hen is YELLOW, She's friends with the rooster; he's a handsome fellow.
This little hen is WHITE, She dances and plays, oh what a sight!
This little hen is PURPLE, She spends her day running around in a circle.
This little hen is GREEN, She is the silliest hen I've ever seen.
This little hen is BLUE, She lays eggs for me and you.
This little hen is PINK, She goes down to the pond to get a drink.
All of these hens live at the farm, out in the big RED barn. [Move hands gently in rocking motion]
Five Hungry Chickens
Said the first little chicken, with a quick little squirm, "I wish I could find a fat little worm."
Said the next little chicken, with an odd little shrug, "I wish I could find a fat little slug."
Said the third little chicken, with a sharp little squeal, "I wish I could find some nice yellow meal."
Said the fourth little chicken, with a small sigh of grief, "I wish I could find a little green leaf."
Said the fifth little chicken, with a faint little moan, "I wish I could find a wee gravel stone."
"Now see here," said the mother, from the garden patch, "If you want any breakfast, just come here and scratch!"