Fingerplays and Rymes

Here are some simple fingerplays and rhymes you can try at home with your child. The theme of this week for the fingerplays and rhymes is polar bears.

Five Little Polar Bears
 

Five little polar bears, playing near the shore.
One tumbled in, and then there were four.

Four little polar bears swimming in the sea.
One chased a seal, and then there were three.

Three little polar bears, what shall we do?
One went swimming and then there were two.

Two little polar bears playing in the sun,
One took a nap and then there was one.

One little polar bear, not very old. 
Where's my mom?  I’m hungry and cold.
 
 
POLAR BEAR WALKS ‘CROSS THE SNOW
Tune:  “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
By Jean Warren
 
Polar Bear walks ‘cross the snow,
‘Cross the snow, ‘cross the snow,
Polar Bear walks ‘cross the snow,
Moving very slow.
 
Polar Bear starts to run real fast,
Run real fast, run real fast.
Polar Bear starts to run real fast,
Now he’s home at last!
 
 
DID YOU EVER SEE A POLAR BEAR?
Tune:  “Did You Ever See A Lassie?”
By Jean Warren
Did you ever see a polar bear,
A polar bear, a polar bear?
Did you ever see a polar bear
Sliding on ice?
He slips and slides,
He twirls and glides.
Did you ever see a polar bear,
Sliding on ice?
 


Going on a (Polar) Bear Hunt
This traditional chanting game has been adapted here for an Arctic bear. Because each
line is repeated by the group and appropriate actions are copied, it is also another
Follow the Leader type of game.

Going on a bear hunt! (group repeats)
Gonna catch a big one! (group repeats …)
I’m not afraid!
What’s that ahead?
Oh no!
Deep snow!
Can’t go over it,
Can’t go under it,
Guess we’re gonna have to go through it.
(Take big slow steps in place as if trudging through very deep snow as you repeat the
song.)
… Oh no!
An icy lake! …
(This time make very shivery swimming motions as you repeat the song.)
… Oh no!
A blizzard!
(Trudge onward in place, holding up your arms to try to wave the snow away and
protect your face as you repeat the song.)
… Oh no!
A cave! …
(Tiptoe quietly as you repeat the song in a whisper, one more time.)
… What’s that?
A … BEAR!!!!!!! (Shout)
Back through the blizzard! (Blizzard actions much faster)
Back through the lake! (Swimming actions much faster)
Back through the snow! (Trudging actions much faster)
Home again! (Stop)
Whew! Maybe we’ll catch a bear tomorrow.

Check back next week for different fingerplays with a new theme!

Previous Themes to Enjoy
Bears
Christmas

Kittens
Snowmen
Valentine's Day