May Poems, Songs and Fingerplays

by Mary on April 28, 2011 Filed under: Classroom Ideas,Language and Literacy

Bugs
Tune: Frere Jacques
Big bugs, small bugs, big bugs, small bugs,
See them crawl, see them crawl.
Creepy, creepy, crawling, never, never falling
Bugs, bugs, bugs. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Thin bugs, fat bugs, thin bugs, fat bugs
See them crawl, on the wall.
Creepy, creepy, crawling, never, never falling
Bugs, bugs, bugs. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

The Insects and Spiders
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus
The bugs in the air fly up and down,
up and down, up and down.
The bugs in the air fly up and down
all through the day.

Other verses:
The spiders on the bush spin a web.
The crickets in the field hop up and down.
The bees in their hive go buzz, buzz, buzz.

Ants
Once I saw an ant hill, with no ants about.
So I said, “Little ants, won’t you please come out?”
Then as if they heard my call, one, two, three, four, five came out.
And that was all!

The Caterpillar
A caterpillar crawled to the top of a tree,
(index finger of left hand moves up right arm)
“I think I’ll take a nap”, said he.
So under a leaf, he began to creep
(Wrap right hand over left fist)
To spin his chrysalis and he fell asleep.
All winter long he slept in his chrysalis bed,
(Keep right hand over left fist)
Till spring came along one day, and said,
“Wake up, wake up little sleepy head.”
(Shake left fist with right hand)
“Wake up, it’s time to get out of bed!”
So, he opened his eyes that sun shiny day
(Shake fingers and look into hand)
Lo–he was a butterfly and flew away!
(Move hand into flying motion)

Funny Little Caterpillar
Funny little caterpillar crawling on the ground.
(Crawl index finger up arm)
Spin yourself a blanket and then go fast asleep.
(Twirl finger around and around and then tuck finger into hand)
Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar wakes up by and by.
Now you have two pretty wings. You’re a butterfly!
(Move hand into flying motion)

Little Flowers
Little flowers swaying in the breeze,
Turning our faces up to sun and trees,
When the night comes each one nods and sleeps.

The Sleepy Seed
A tiny seed
Slept on the ground
Beneath a leafy cover.
(Rest closed left hand on table)

Until one day
The sun did say,
“Wake up, it’s time for summer!”
(Hold right fist (sun) over left hand, pretend to knock)

The seed was tired
So he snuggled up
Close beside his brothers.
(Wiggle fingers on left hand)
The sun got mad
And called the wind,
Who blew of all the covers!
(Wave right hand for wind, remove “covers” (left hand))

The Seed Cycle
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell
The farmer sows his seeds
The farmer sows his seeds
Hi-ho the dairy-o
The farmer sows his seeds.

Other verses:
The wind begins to blow…
The rain begins to fall…
The sun begins to shine…
The seeds begin to grow…
The plants grow big and tall…
The farmer cuts his corn…
He puts it in his barns…
And now the harvest is in…

My Garden
This is my garden
(Extend one hand forward, palm up)
I’ll rake it with care
(Make raking motion on palm with other hand)
And then some flower seeds
(Make planting motion with thumb and index finger)
I’ll plant in there.

The sun will shine
(Make circle above head)
And the rain will fall
(let fingers flutter down to lap)
And my garden will blossom
(Cup hands together, extend upward slowly until fingers stand straight)
And grow straight and tall.

Dig a Little Hole
Dig a little hole. (Dig)
Plant a little seed. (Drop seed)
Pour a little water. (Pour)
Pull a little weed. (Pull and throw)
Chase a little bug. ((Chasing motion with hands)
Heigh-ho, there he goes. (Shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine. (Circle arms over head)
Grow a little bean. (Hands grow upward)

Flower Play
If I were a little flower
Sleeping underneath the ground,
(Curl up)
I’d raise my head and grow and grow
(Raise head and begin to grow)
And stretch my arms and grow and grow
(Stretch arms)
And nod my head and say,
(Nod head)
“I’m glad to see you all today.”

Little Seed
A little seed so soft and round (form a circle with fingers)
I’ll dig and lay you down (make a digging motion)
And you may rest beneath the ground (cup on hand, lay other over it)
Until your leaves come up, (point up)
And your roots go down (point down)

Little Seeds We Sow in Spring
Little seeds we sow in spring
growing while the robins sing,
give us carrots, peas and beans,
tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and greens.

And we pick them,
one and all,
through the summer,
through the fall.

Winter comes, then spring, and then
little seeds we sow again.

~Else Holmelund Minarik~

Spring Wind
The west wind dances down the lane
and sets the robins winging;
It has a message sweet and plain,
for some folks hear it singing:
O hurry, gather daffodils! They’re scattered over all the hills
as thick as anything!
The little buds unfold again, in buff and white and gold again–
It’s Spring, Spring, Spring!

The west wind races up the road
and sets the green grass sprouting;
It wakes the turtle and the toad,
and some folks hear it shouting:
O hurry, fetch your bat and ball, put on your oldest shoes of all,
and cap and everything.
It’s turning fine and hot again, the boys are in the lot again–
It’s Spring, Spring, Spring!

~Nancy Byrd Turner~

A Kite
I often sit and wish that I
Could be a kite up in the sky,
And ride upon the breeze and go
Whichever way I chanced to blow.

Who Has Seen the Wind?
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you;
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing thro’,

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I;
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

~Christina G. Rossetti~

Raindrops
Rain is falling down,
Rain is falling down.
(raise arm, flutter fingers to ground, tapping floor)
Pitter-patter
Pitter-patter
Rain is falling down.

The Fuzzy Caterpillar
Tune:  Itsy Bitsy Spider
The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled up on a leaf,
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping
She dreamed that she could fly,
And later when she woke up
She was a butterfly!

Five Little Ladybugs
Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants!
The first one said:  “Save some aphids for me!”
The second one said: “These are tasty as can be!”
The third one said:  “Oh, they’re almost gone!”
The fourth one said:  “Come on, let’s fly!”
So they opened their wings and flew through the sky.

Do You Like To Buzz?
Tune:  Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Do you like to buzz,
Are you covered all in fuzz?
Do you call a hive a home
In the garden where you roam?
Do you know how to make honey,
Are your stripes a little funny?
Do you like to buzz?

Caterpillar Song
Tune: Yankee Doodle Dandy
I started as a tiny egg
Upon a leaf of green
And now I stay upon the leaf
so I will not be seen
Soon I’ll build a chrysalis
Upon a limb up high
I’ll stay a while and then come out
and be a butterfly!

A Song of Flowers  

Tune: Sing a Song of Sixpence”
Sing a song of flowers, flowers all around.
Flowers that are growing, growing in the ground
Flowers of each color make a pretty view.
Red and orange and yellow.
And blue and purple, too.

 Flower Garden

Tune: The Farmer In The Dell
The farmer plants the seeds
The Farmer plants the seeds
Hi, Ho and Cheery O
The farmer plants the seeds.

(Use the following verses.)
The sun begins to shine
The rain begins to fall
The plants begin to grow
The flowers smile at us

Parts of the Plants  

Tune: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Do you know the parts of plants, parts of plants?
Do you know the parts of plants, parts of plants?
All kinds of plants that grow and grow and grow.
Do you know the parts of plants, parts of plants?

The roots hold the plant in place, plant in place.
The roots hold the plant in place, plant in place.
The roots store food and water too.
The roots hold the plant in place, plant in place.

The stem moves water up the plant, up the plant.
The stem moves water up the plant, up the plant.
The stem brings water to the leaves.
The stem moves water up the plant, up the plant.

The leaves soak up the sun, soak up the sun.
The leaves soak up the sun, soak up the sun.
The sun helps the plant to grow and grow and grow.
The leaves soak up the sun, soak up the sun.

The flower grows into a fruit, into a fruit.
The flower grows into a fruit, into a fruit.
Inside the fruit are little, tiny seeds.
The flower grows into a fruit, into a fruit.

I’m a Little Flower Pot  

Tune: I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little flower pot mom put out (point to self)
If you take care of me, I will sprout. (nod head, point to self)
When you water me, I will grow (make sprinkling motions w/ right hand)
Into a pretty flower, don’t you know! (raise left hand slowly up from
floor, make wide circle with hands or arms)

Daffodil  

Yellow yellow daffodil, dancing in the sun..
Oh yellow , yellow daffodil, you tell me spring has come.
I can hear a blue bird sing, and hear a robin call.
But yellow yellow daffodil I love you most of all.

Relaxing Flowers

Five little flowers standing in the sun (hold up five fingers)
See their heads nodding, bowing one by one? (bend fingers several times)
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain (raise hands, wiggle fingers and lower
arms to simulate falling rain) And the five little flowers lift their heads up again! (hold up five fingers)

Daffodils Fingerplay  

(Show fingers or make daffodil puppets from cupcake liners and craft sticks!)
One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.

I’m a Little Flower Seed
I’m a little flower seed.
I’m planted in the earth.
I feel the sun come down on me to warm this big old earth. (children sit and tuck in their heads and knees to look like a ball)
The rain begins to come and gets rid of my big thirst. (wiggle fingers in the air in a downward motion)
I then became a big and pretty flower so you can pick me first. (children stand up)

Flowers
Tune: Pop! Goes the Weasel
All around the forest ground
There’s flowers everywhere.
There’s pink, yellow, and purple too.
Here’s one for you.

Tulips
Five little tulips bright and gay, (hold up fingers and thumb on one hand)
Let us water them each day. (make sprinkle motion with other hand)
Watch them open in the bright sunlight. (cup hand, then open it)
Watch them when it is night. (close hand again)

Three Little Tulips
Tune: Six Little Ducks
Three little tulips I once grew,
A white one, a pink one, a red one too.
One little tulip grew, grew, grew.
It grew taller than the other two,
The other two, the other two.
It grew taller than the other two!

I’m a Little Daisy
Tune: I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little daisy
Tall and slim (Stand on tiptoes)
Here are my petals (Place hands on side of head & wiggle fingers)
Here is my stem (Hold arms down at sides of legs)
When the sun comes up (Make sun with arms)
And the rain comes down (Flutter hands to floor like rain-end in crouching position)
I grow, grow, grow- up from the ground! (slowly raise up bring hand over head)

A Little Sun
A little sun (hold arms above head)
A little rain (wiggle fingers in the air in a downward motion)
Now pull up all the weeds (pretend to pull weeds)
Our flowers grow, all in a row (hold up all ten fingers lined up like flowers)
From tiny little seeds. (hold thumb and finger to show size of seeds)

Here’s a Little Flower
Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie
There’s a little flower,
A flower, a flower.
There’s a little flower
On my garden path.

A flower so neat!
It’s a rose so sweet.
There’s a little flower
On my garden path.

(Continue singing additional verses to the song, replacing the word “rose” in the second verse with hollyhock, marigold, zinnia, daisy, bluebell, lily, peony, pansy, tulip, and sunflower.)

Five Spring Flowers
Five spring flowers, all in a row.
The first one said, “We need rain to grow!”
The second one said, “Oh my, we need water!”
The third one said, “Yes, it is getting hotter!”
The fourth one said, “I see clouds in the sky.”
The fifth one said, “I wonder why?”

Then BOOM went the thunder
And ZAP went the lightning!
That springtime storm was really frightening!
But the flowers weren’t worried–no, no, no, no!
The rain helped them to grow, grow, GROW!

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Julianne May 3, 2011

Great May songs!! Thank you

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