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"Tip 160: January 2022 - Winter Fingerplays & Silly Songs "
   January, 2022

Tip 160: January 2022 – Winter Fingerplays & Silly Songs

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Children acquire language through responsive connections with adults. Young
people of all ages love rhymes and rhythms, especially when they are silly
and surprising. Songs evoke memories from the past. When we sing together a
special bond is formed, and tears and fears are soon forgotten. Simple
silly songs are a great way to enhance learning, understanding, and
social/emotional development.

Infants: Snowball/Bears Are Sleeping –
Young children participate in learning language through the words and
actions of fingerplays.


Snowball, snowball, cold and round.

Behind which mitten, can you be found?

Bears Are Sleeping
(Tune: Brother John)

Bears are sleeping, bears are sleeping, in their caves, in their caves.

Waiting for the springtime, waiting for the springtime, Shh, shh,shh. Shh,
shh, shh.

Toddlers: The Snowman’s Nose/I’m A Little Snowman –
Singing is terrific fun, but it is also one of the most powerful skills
that children can posses.

The Snowman’s Nose

A chubby little snowman, had a carrot nose,

Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny, looking for his lunch,

He ate the snowman’s carrot nose.

Nibble, Nibble, CRUNCH!

I’m A Little Snowman
(Tune: I’m A Little Teapot)

I’m a little snowman, short and fat, here are my buttons, here is my hat.

When the sun comes out, I’ll melt away, but I’ll come back another day.

Five Little Snowmen/Snowflake, Snowflake –
Children express themselves through word and song as an extension of
social/emotional development.

Five Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen riding on a sled,

One fell off and bumped his head!

Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said,

“No more snowmen riding on that sled!” (Continue counting backwards to one)

Snowflake, Snowflake
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Snowflake, snowflake dance around, snowflake, snowflake touch the ground.

Snowflake, landing on my nose, snowflake landing on my toes.

Snowflake, snowflake dance around, snowflake, snowflake touch the ground.

What the child imitates, he begins to understand. (Frederick Froebel)

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