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Fish Fingerplays

fishI'm a Little Fishy by Lynn Beaird
I'm a little fishy, I can swim.
Here is my tail, are my fins. (swim hand in air)
When I want to have fun with my friends,
I wiggle my tail and dive right in! (wiggle hand, then dive it downward)


Five Little Fish
by Jean Warrenfish
Five little fish swimming by the shore, (Hold up five fingers)

One got caught and then there were four (Bend down thumb)
Four little fish swimming in the seam
One got caught and then there were three. (Bend down pointer finger)
Three little fish swimming in the blue,
One got caught and then there were two. (Bend down middle finger)
Two little fish swimming in the sun,
One got caught and then there was one. (Bend down ring finger)
One little fish swimming for home,
Decided it was best to never roam. (Bend down little finger)

Like a fish (Adapted Traditional)
I hold my finger like a fish, (Place one hand on top of the other)
And I wave them as I go, (Wave hands up and down)

See them swimming with a swish (Swim and flip hands in air)
So swiftly to and fro (Swim hands back and forth)

I Caught a Fishfish
One, Two, Three, Four, Five. (Count on fingers)
Once I caught a fish alive. (Hold up pretend fish)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten. (Count on fingers)
Then I let it go again. (Throw fish back)
Why did you let it go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on my right. (hold up pinkie on right hand)

fishTen Little Fishes
Ten little fishes were swimming in a school,
(Hold up ten fingers and make swimming motions)
This one said, "Let's swim where it is cool." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "It's a very warm day." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "Come on, let's play." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "I'm as hungry as can be." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "There's a worm for me." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "Wait, we'd better look." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "Yes, it's on a hook." (Put one finger down)
This one said, "Can't we get it anyway?" (Put one finger down)
This one said, "Perhaps we may." (Put one finger down)
This one, so very brave, grabbed a bite and swam away. (Put one finger down)

Five  Little Fishes fish
(For this fingerplay first make swimming motions with both hands then hold up one hand and wiggle a different finger as each line is said.)

Five little fishes swimming in a pool
This one said,  "The pool is cool."
This one said,  "The pool is deep."
This one said,  "I'd like to sleep."
This one said,  "I'll float and dip."
This one said,  "I see a ship."
The fishing boat comes.
The line goes splash.
All the little fishes swim away in a flash!

 

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