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  • 1. Finger Fun! Learning Activities & Ideas with Fingers
  • 2. “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” ~ Fred Rogers Finger Puppets by Bart, Flickr
  • 3. hand action or movement combined with singing or spoken-words to engage ~ Wikipedia What is finger play?
  • 4. Use finger plays to… Llama Finger Puppet by Ryan Hyde, Flickr Teach grammar Manage the class Support a story Teach vocabulary Transition to the next task
  • 5. Famous Finger Games Thumb War by Nate Swart, Flickr Finger soccer Thumb war 1,2,3 shoot Rock, paper, scissors
  • 6. Shadow Puppets!
  • 7. Famous Fingerplays Where is Thumbkin? Itsy, Bitsy Spider 5 Little Monkeys Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • 8. Let’s make characters! My Grandma’s Finger Puppets by Nat Tung, Flickr Playdough Paper Draw them Felt Material
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  • 11. Draw them • Use washable markers & crayons • Pick a friend & draw on your friend’s fingers
  • 12. Cool Finger Faces Free IOS App
  • 13. Draw & color them
  • 14. plays-by-shelly-sanchez-terrell/ Animate with Blabberize
  • 15. Spanish Storytime by Pioneer Library System, Flickr Demonstrate the gestures
  • 16. Put them in a Wiki Video examples Gestures Lyrics
  • 17. Introduce with a video
  • 18. Learn by video with Cullen!
  • 19. Cullen’s Fingerplay Free Videos IOS Apps
  • 20. Character Sets for Story Time • Kids have a set of characters & objects • Ask kids a question • They choose the character to put on the glove
  • 21. Underwater  Scene  Feltboard  by  bengarrison,  Flickr,  CC  2.0   Follow-up with a felt board
  • 22. Tara and finger puppet theatre by Dimitrij Mlekuz, Flickr Throw a show
  • 23. Fingerplay Script by
  • 24. Dino Finger Puppets 05 by Lansing Library, Flickr Set the stage
  • 25. Cool Apps
  • 26. Finger Paint with Sound Free IOS/Android App
  • 27. Finger Measure Free IOS/Android App
  • 28. Horror Faces Free IOS App Create horror faces with your fingers
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