25 Fun Fingerplay Ideas for Playful Preschoolers

Preschool fingerplay songs and stories help children develop gross & fine motor skills, improve memory, and gain social skills among a whole host of other benefits. But, most importantly, they provide a multi-sensory experience that’s FUN! Here are some fun fingerplays to teach your child.

1. This classic song helps young ones get settled into circle time.

From Top Teacher

2. You already know the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Make it even more fun with this tutorial.

From Lalymom

3. The tune is familiar, and the actions are super simple. Perfect for even the littlest kiddos.

From Pinterest

4. Get creative with your own songs and stories using these adorable finger puppets. See this product on Amazon

5. Help your child learn the parts of their body AND get their wiggles out with The Wiggle Song.

From Extremely Good Parenting

6. Turn “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” into an active song with a partner - appropriate for even the youngest toddler.

From Let’s Play Kids Music

7. Brilliant - combine a movement song with clean-up time to keep the grumbles at bay.

From Miss Sarah’s Storytime

8. Your kids will LOVE zooming like an airplane in this song.

From DLTK’s Crafts for Kids

9. Tired of your little one asking to sing the same song over & over? Song sticks to the rescue!

From Pre-K Pages

10. Imitating the falling rain in this song will help develop fine-motor skills.

11. Teach “right” and “left” with this gross-motor rhyme.

From Top Teacher

12. Turn any song into a fingerplay with this easy and inexpensive tutorial. Also includes the words to the preschool favorite “Five Little Frogs.”

From Wendy’s Hat

13. Get silly and learn about the five senses. I bet this will make your little one giggle!

From Pinterest

14. This book has 700 different fingerplays and chants. SEVEN. HUNDRED. It’s the last resource on the subject you’ll need. See this product on Amazon

15. Combine arts and crafts with a fingerplay with this cute story about butterflies.

From Kid Courses

16. Thumbs up for the Two Mother Pigs!

From Jen in the Library

17. Kids learn sequencing from acting out the motions of this silly song.

From Lovely Commotion

18. Clear instructions make fingerplays so much easier.

From SlideShare

19. Turn the classic “Old Macdonald” into a fingerplay with this puppet glove and accompanying CD. See this product on Amazon

20. Don’t bring home baby bumblebees!

From Pinterest

21. Get ready for spring with this sweet rhyme.

From Let’s Play Music

22. Don’t forget about this classic teapot song - “tip me over and pour me out.”

From SparkleBox

23. If you need a break, just pop in a CD. It will do the singing for you. See this product on Amazon

24. Teach counting with these simple rhymes.

From SlideShare

25. Your kids can learn the actions to “The Wheels on the Bus” straight from this colorful and fun YouTube video.

From Preschool Learn to Dance

What fingerplay songs and rhymes to your remember from childhood? Share this list with another parent or teacher – they’ll thank you for finding new ways to help them entertain their little ones!

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2 Reader Comments

  1. Sandra rude

    Here’s one my kids loved:
    I have a little turtle
    (Cup your hand in front of you as if something was in it)
    He lives in a box
    (Make a square in the air with your fingers)
    He swims in the water
    (Motion like you’re swimming)
    And he climbs on the rocks
    (Climbing motion)
    He snaps at a mosquito, he snaps at a flea, he snaps at a minnow, and he snaps at me! (Chomping motion using hands)
    He caught the mosquito, he caught the flea, he caught the minnow but he didn’t catch me!
    (Use chomping hand gesture again for all until the last sentence, then shake your pointer finger in front of you with your other hand on your hip.)

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thanks for sharing this Sandra, it sounds adorable!

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