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Open Shut Them (And Other Opposites)

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Language Focus Other songs about: fingerplay, opposites

Opposites (Open/Shut, Big/Small, Please/No, thank you, Fast/Slow, Loud/Quiet) and Peek-a-boo.

Open Shut Them (And Other Opposites) Lyrics and Actions

♫ Open shut them, open shut them. [Open and shut your hands.]
Give a little clap, clap, clap. [Clap.]
Open shut them, open shut them.
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. [Pat your legs.]

Big and small.
Big and small. Big and small. [Spread your hands out wide, and then put them close together.]
Big, big, big, big, small, small, small.
Big and small. Big and small.
Big, big, big, big, small, small, small.

Please. No, thank you.
Please. No, thank you. Please. No, thank you.[Clasp your hands under your chin as if asking for something, then shake your head and wave your hand in front of your face as if saying, "No, thank you."]
Please, please, please, please. No thank you.
Please. No, thank you. Please. No, thank you.
Please, please, please, please. No thank you.

Fast and slow.
Fast and slow. Fast and slow. [Move your hands round and round quickly, and then slowly.]
Fast, fast, fast, fast, slow, slow, slow.
Fast and slow. Fast and slow.
Fast, fast, fast, fast, slow, slow, slow.

Loud and quiet.
Loud and quiet. Loud and quiet. [Cup your hands around your mouth and shout, and then put your finger in front of your mouth like you are saying, "Shh."]
Loud, loud, loud, loud. Shh... Quiet.
Loud and quiet. Loud and quiet.
Loud, loud, loud, loud. Shh... Quiet.

Peek-a-boo.
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. [Place your hands in front of your face and then quickly move them away as you say, "Boo!"]
Peek-a, peek-a, peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo.
Peek-a, peek-a, peek-a-boo! ♫

Classroom Benefits

"Open Shut Them" is a fun and easy fingerplay song that is perfect for toddlers and other young learners. Our simplified version has additional verses for practicing opposite pairs. The easy to follow words and actions are very useful in the classroom. It ends with peek-a-boo, a favorite kids game. Try it in your Mommy and Me classes or during circle time.

Activity Ideas

This is a great warm up song either right before or after the hello song. It is easy to follow and has enough repetition that students are able to join in right away, but enough action to keep them interested. 1

Try using this song as a break in between other language activities. It gets students moving and active without running around the classroom. 2

When students are familiar with the song and words, try using the "Classroom Version" to practice additional opposite pairs. Students enjoy making up new verses. 3

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