Five little speckled frogs,
Sittin' on a hollow log
Eating some most delicious bugs
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four little speckled frogs!
Man, I still love that one.
I found 3 more fingerplays, and birthday boy Jackson gets to play them with his new fingerplay glove. Or watch his sister and brother do it until he stops putting everything in his mouth.
There are more...
The set I made for Marian a few years ago:
Chenille glove: Target
Wool-blend felt: Joann's
Way too many hours: me
Count-down fingerplays are most common (pull the little characters off one by one), but you can find some count-up rhymes (put them back on), too:
There was one little duck, swimming in the sea
He was very lonely,
DIDN'T WANT TO BE.
So he swam far away, over the sea,
And found another duck to
SWIM WITH HIM.
I sewed the hook velcro to the glove, and used the soft fuzzy on all of the pieces. I can then fold the glove into a fist and store them all together without having to worry about velcro shredding of soft parts. I figured that was a softer choice for little fingers. I put a large piece of velcro on the palm to use for scenery (log, pond, grass). There's also a crocodile (Five little monkeys, swinging in a tree. Teasing Mr. Crocodile: "Can't catch me!") and a mama duck (...when the mother duck says, "Quack, quack, quack!" Four little ducks come waddling back). I'm working on variations with that one where the dad duck doesn't have more authority than the mom duck (But when the DADDY duck says...), but none are quite catchy enough yet. Suggestions?