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Rock Scissors Paper Fingerplay #1

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Language Focus Other songs about: animals & insects, fingerplay, left/right

Developing dexterity and rhythm. Counting to three. "Rock, scissors, paper." "Right hand." "Left hand." Animal vocabulary (butterfly, snail, crab, lion).

Rock Scissors Paper Fingerplay #1 Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures
Rock - Make a fist.
Scissors - Two fingers extended and separated.
Paper - Hand open with fingers flat.

♫ Rock, scissors, paper. [Rock, scissors, and paper gestures.]
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three. [Count to three with your fingers.]
Play with me. [Point to your chest with your thumbs.]
Right hand PAPER!
Left hand PAPER!
[Connect your thumbs together and make a butterfly.]
It's a butterfly! [Fly your butterfly up and down and all around…if you like, pause the music here and spend some time flying around the room!]

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand ROCK!
Left hand SCISSORS!
[Place the rock on top of the scissors, the rock becomes a snail shell and the scissors become the snail's antennae.]
It's a snail! [Again, pause the music here if you like…have the snails crawl around the room and talk to each other…talk with your kids about snails!]

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand SCISSORS!
Left hand SCISSORS!
[The scissors become a crab's pinchers. Hold them up to the side of your face and open and close your pinchers.]
It's a crab! [Hold your pinchers up and walk around the room sideways!]

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand PAPER!
Left hand PAPER!
[Place your hands on both sides of the face to simulate a lion's mane.]
Oh no! It's a lion! [Growl and stalk around the room!]

Preparation

Before singing the song, demonstrate the three hand gestures (rock, paper, and scissors). Practice by calling out the different gestures and checking that the kids make the correct one. Challenge them to make them as fast as they can. Have the kids take turns calling out rock, scissors, or paper to each other.

With slightly older kids (4 and over), spend time practicing "right hand" and "left hand." When you are first practicing right and left, try turning around so that you are facing the same direction as the children when you raise your hands. Or, if facing them, mirror left and right so that they raise the correct hand.

Once the children show command of the gestures, you are ready to sing the song!

Classroom Benefits

Rock, Scissors, Paper is a classic choosing game played around the world. We've turned this familiar activity into a fun and creative fingerplay song!

"Rock Scissors Paper Fingerplay #1" is more than just a song. It's a GREAT little activity you can do anytime, anywhere...with one child or 100. It's simple, fun, and requires nothing more than your hands and your imagination.

Activity Ideas

Once children are familiar with this tune and activity, you don't need to listen to the CD to play. It's such a simple tune and activity, you can do it anywhere, anytime. Be creative…make up new combinations! This is a great little activity for focusing children's attention. 1

Use this song as part of an animal related lesson. Start with the four animals in the song. Then have students make more animals and guess what they are! 2

Put a stamp or small sticker on student's right hand so that they can easily identify which hand to use first. 3

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