Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Songs for Babies and Children


Where is Thumbkin?

(Start with hands behind back)
Where is thumbkin?
Where is thumbkin?
Here I am
(Bring right hand to front,with thumb up)
Here I am.
(Bring left hand to front,with thumb up)
How are you this morning?
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle thumbs as if they're talking' to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)
Where is pointer?
Where is pointer?
Here I am
(Bring right hand to front,with index finger up)
Here I am.
(Bring left hand to front,with index finger up)
How are you this morning?
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle fingers as if they're talking' to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)
Where is tall man?
Where is tall man?
Here I am
(Bring right hand to front,with third finger up)
Here I am.
(Bring left hand to front,with third finger up)
How are you this morning?
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle fingers as if they're talking' to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)
Where is ring man?
Where is ring man?
Here I am
(Bring right hand to front,with fourth finger up)
Here I am.
(Bring left hand to front,with fourth finger up)
How are you this morning?
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle fingers as if they're talking' to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)
Where is pinkie?
Where is pinkie?
Here I am
(Bring right hand to front,with pinkie finger up)
Here I am.
(Bring left hand to front,with pinkie finger up)
How are you this morning?
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle fingers as if they're talking' to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)
Where is the family?
Where is the family?
Here we are.
(Bring right hand to front,with all fingers showing)
Here we are.
(Bring left hand to front,with all fingers showing)
How are you this morning?
Very well, we thank you.
(Wiggle fingers as if they're talking' to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)

9 comments:

Kaerlig said...

Andrea, everytime I check out your blog I am amazed by all the different things you come up with (within the musical theme). You are incredibly talented and fun.
Love ya, Kaer
P.S. We are both staying up way to late don't you think?

Mandy said...

I have such happy memories of this song. I was in kindergarten when I learned it and I just LOVED it@

Genny said...

So cute! Makes me sad my kiddos are growing so fast!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

My kids loved this one. In fact, any song with finger play turned out to be a favorite.

Marie N. said...

I remember singing this one when I was in nursery school! By the time my second child came around it was harder to manipulate my fingers for the song. I don't think he knows there are motions with the words.

Erica said...

This is one of our favorites!

Lance said...

I love it when kids sing. Our youngest is now in fourth grade, and I just see it happening less and less. Thanks for sharing this rendition!

In fact, a favorite memory from their time in school has to do with singing. For the Christmas concert for 2nd and 3rd graders, the music teacher would get "willing" parents to get up in front of everyone and sing a Christmas song. The first year, I thought we had to do it, so I went. After that, I went because it was just so much fun, and especially fun seeing the kids eyes light up when they saw their parents on stage singing. And I don't sing well...so this was a big step...especially considering we'd have maybe a total of 10-15 parents (out of about 150 kids or more). It was just a very fun and uplifting experience. One song, three practices, and then our "performance". One year I think we had about 8 people -- that felt like a solo in front of an auditorium of parents and kids! Scary!! But very cool...

Channah said...

What a great idea - I had forgotten all about this song; thanks for reminding me! I'll sing this to my baby as soon as he wakes up from his nap!

PJ Jonas said...

Two of our children just started taking violin lessons. Their teacher uses this song to help them get their fingers placed properly on the strings.

Kinda like this:

Where is 1 man, where is 1 man
Here I am, Here I am
Tap tap tap tap tap tap (in the right place on the right string)
etc. etc.

They love it!
PJ
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