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Rock Scissors Paper Fingerplay #2

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Language Focus Other songs about: fingerplay, left/right

Developing dexterity and rhythm. Counting to three. "Rock, scissors, paper." "Right hand." "Left hand." Hand gestures (helicopter, Pinocchio, see-saw, ice cream).

Rock Scissors Paper Fingerplay #2 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 ROCK!
Left hand PAPER!
[Place the paper hand on top of the rock hand and fly your two hands around like a helicopter.]
It's a helicopter! [Fly your helicopter 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 ROCK!
[Place your fists in front of your nose and make a long nose like Pinocchio.]
Pinocchio! [Make your nose grow by moving one fist farther and farther from your face!]

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand SCISSORS!
Left hand PAPER!
[Place the paper on top of the scissors and move the paper hand up and down like a seesaw.]
Look, it's a seesaw! [If you like, pause the music, have all of the students pair off and pretend to ride on seesaws by squatting down and up, down and up, down and up.]

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand SCISSORS!
Left hand ROCK!
[Place the rock on top of the scissors so that it looks like and ice cream cone.]
Mmmm, it's an ice cream cone! [Pretend to lick your ice cream cone! Say, "I have chocolate. What flavor do you have?" Ask each of the students.]

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 #2" gives four more combinations that you can practice with kids. This is 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

Put a stamp or small sticker on student's right hand so that they can easily identify which hand to use first. 2

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