Friday, February 22, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Today's rhyme is full of movement: Little Red Wagon

Little Red Wagon


Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Won't you be my darling?

Rocking side to side in my little red wagon,
Rocking side to side in my little red wagon,
Rocking side to side in my little red wagon,
Won't you be my darling?

OOOOPS!!

The wheel fell off and the axle is broken,
The wheel fell off and the axle is broken,
The wheel fell off and the axle is broken,
Won't you be my darling?

I'm going to fix it with my little hammer,
I'm going to fix it with my little hammer,
I'm going to fix it with my little hammer,
Won't you be my darling?

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Won't you be my darling?



I love this action rhyme because I know how much little kids love to move and I think it incorporates just the right amount of movement to be challenging.  Holding your leg and spinning when the wheel falls off is really hard for little kids (it's kind of hard for us big kids, too).  Hopping on one foot is a developmental milestone that usually takes place some time between 3-5 years of age.

It is also a tiring rhyme.  This can be a wonderful tool for burning up a little excess energy before sharing a book.

Check out a lap bounce version of the same rhyme from our good friends at the Deschutes Public Library!

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