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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jellyfish Fingerplay

I know I told you I was doing two posts on butterflies, and honestly I am in the process of the second. The wings are actually drying as I write. But, there have been some results in my search records showing that people have been looking for jellyfish songs and books.

After seeing this I went to school and scoured the resources I have there--guess what? I didn't find any.

Then my creative husband:) came up with a little fingerplay I thought I would share with everyone. The fingerplay is based on the 5 Little Monkeys. Most people recognize the 5 Little Monkeys:

Five little monkeys swinging in the tree.
Teasing Mr. Alligator-can't catch me.
Along comes Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be.
Four little monkeys swinging the tree.

Then the rhyme begins again with 4 little monkey working down to: No more monkeys swinging in the tree.

Here is the Mr. Jelllyfish fingerplay:

Five little plankton swimming in the sea.
Teasing Mr. Jellyfish, "Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Jellyfish, quiet as can be.
Four little plankton swimming in the sea.

Continue the rhyme counting down to the last plankton(4 little plankton, 3 little plankton, etc). The last verse would go as follows:

One little plankton swimming in the sea.
Teasing Mr. Jellyfish, "Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Jellyfish, quiet as can be.
Watch out for jellyfish floating in the sea!

Here are the hand motions:

1st line--hold up hand and wiggle fingers-use one less finger each verse.
2nd line--point finger when saying "can't catch me".
3rd line- put hand together, fingers down, wiggle fingers.
4th line -- Clap loudly.
5th line--hold up hand with one less finger.

Take a look. Have fun!

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Petula Wright said...

LOL... I'll have to go back and read about the jellyfish because I got distracted with the monkeys. That must be a newer version of the song because the one I know is five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mommy called the doctor and the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed... and so on. It's so funny how those things change.

Gypsy at Heart said...

Love the new rhyme. Now I'm utterly convinced I'll have little planktons swimming in my head the whole of the rest of my day. ;-)

Brenda Mesa said...

Just thought I'd let you know that this adorable jellyfish song is much appreciated! It will be the centerpiece of my Monday morning Jj is for jellyfish circle time this morning! Please thank your husband for the cute video, too!