Fingerplays are rhymes or songs that have little actions to them, like Five Little Monkeys Jumping on The Bed or The Itsy Bitsy Spider. You can always stand up and turn them into action songs, which I do when it’s clear my preschool class needs to move more, but they work sitting down too. The other thing that is amazing about fingerplays is that they spark pretend play. After introducing fingerplays like this simple space fingerplay don’t be surprised if you have a lot of astronaut play in your classroom. Fingerplays are powerful tools to introduce new ideas as well as practice skills like in this case; counting backward.
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Climb aboard the spaceship,
(climb up a ladder with your arms)
we”™re going to the moon,
(point to the moon in the sky)
hurry and get ready
(pump arms like you are running)
we”™re going to blast off soon,
(keep pumping arms)
put on your helmet
(pop on an imaginary helmet)
and buckle up real tight,
(buckle up, I usually do 3 or 4 buckles)
cause here comes the countdown
( take a deep breath)
so count with all your might!
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
(use your hands to count)
(raise and shake hands in the air)