Posts Tagged ‘songs’

Owl Finger Puppet Tutorial (and Fingerplay!)

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by by

It’s FREEBIE FRIDAY! Today, I have a free tutorial!

The last couple months, my daughter E and I have been learning a a lot of new songs and fingerplays. Songs and fingerplays are an AWESOME and FUN way to help your child learn new language. They also are setting your child up to be better readers as songs and fingerplays, especially the ones that have rhyme, encourage the development of preliteracy skills including phonological awareness skills.

When I was collecting songs for my post 10 Fall and Thanksgiving Fingerplays, I specifically looked for some owl fingerplays, because I am totally into owls right now (as is a whole lot of other people, just look at Pinterest!). I did fine one cute one.

Then I thought, “How cool would it be to have owl finger puppets to go along with this fingerplay?” And so, you know, I went ahead and made them myself.

So today I am going to do my *very first* online tutorial (so bear with me, I am bound to mess this up) on how to make your own owl finger puppets. Ready? OK here we go…

What you will need:

  1. The template (see below where you can download)
  2. Printer to print the template, and paper to print it out on (I suggest card stock, but I actually made all mine with a simple paper template).
  3. Scissors
  4. Felt in different colors
  5. Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  6. 10 small googly eyes

Steps to make an owl finger puppet: (more…)


Butterfly Songs

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by by

I found this song on Youtube and created different colored butterfly di-cuts to use on our magnet board. The song is really simple to learn, and you can create a variety of different colors to use in the song by attaching a self-sticking magnet strip to the back of paper di-cuts.

We have also been doing this fingerplay:

There was a little caterpillar crawling all about.
He worked and he worked and worked all day without a single doubt.
(Index finger wiggling)

Wrapping himself in a snug cocoon.
Waiting and waiting, will it be soon?
(Cover index finger with other hand.)

Look, he’s coming out, my oh my!
For now he’s become a beautiful butterfly.
(Cross thumbs and let fingers be fingers be butterfly wings.)


Saturday, June 11th, 2011 by by

My sister bought me a CD I had been wanting as a thank you for helping care for her and my mom during my mom’s recovery from major back surgery.  The CD was Matthew West, Story of Your Life.  Little did I know the emotions that track 8 would stir.  It was a song that brought back memories and still gives hope.  It is my new song for Joey.  This song had become my theme song for my little warrior.

It talks of the feelings of diagnosis, of being told to give up, of faith being worn away, and strength that falters.  Then it talks of waking on the other end of the battle as a survivor.  The chorus, though… The chorus makes me want to sing at the top of my lungs…

Nothing can stop you now
Nothing can back you down
You never give up, never give in
You’re a survivor

THAT’S my boy!  Nothing stopped him, he never gave up, and today he is a survivor.

Granted, I know we’re not done… There is more to do, but his battle with histio… That is in the past.  Now we get to look towards the future.

And part of looking towards the future is days like yesterday.

Running with the sand between his toes, sunscreen lathered on every exposed inch of skin, and his sun hat and sun suit at the beach.  Life returning to normal.  A SURVIVOR.

Hold your kids close, cherish every second.  We are one of the lucky ones to come out the other end.  So many of our friends have had to have the strength to let go of their little ones.  I pray no one ever has to feel the fear, the pain, and the reality that so many we know have faced.  I hope one day we will all be survivors in battles such as this, especially the children.

Transition and Activity Songs

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 by by

Sometimes it can be pretty hard to get Jonah to focus. Sometimes it can be pretty hard to get any toddler to focus. No matter what they are doing, it seems like their minds are on something completely different, or they are already rushing three or four steps ahead. In my preschool room, I started to sing songs during certain activities, or to transition into activities, to help them focus on what is at hand. I’ve found that Jonah benefits in the same way that my preschoolers did. It keeps his mind on what he is doing in this moment, and also holds his attention for the length of time needed. Some of the songs I’ve made up, and some of them have been used for ages for this purpose. Here are some of the songs we use to keep our bedtime routine running smoothly!

Going potty (to the tune The Farmer in the Dell)
Is Jonah gonna go?
Is Jonah gonna go?
Will he go pee in the big boy pot?
Is Jonah gonna go?



Christmas in Heaven

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 by by

This is such a sweet song.  Go here to Sarah Schieber’s website to here the song.

December hasn’t changed
This town looks the same
They still light that tree in the city square
There’s red, white, and green shining everywhere
And I wish you were here
And I wonder . . .

Is the snow falling down on the streets of gold?
Are the mansions all covered in white?
Are you singing with angels Silent Night?
I wonder . . . what Christmas in Heaven is like

There’s a little manger scene
Down on Third and Main
I must have walked right by it a thousand times
But I see it now in a different light
Cause I know you are there
And I wonder . . .

Are you kneeling with shepherds before Him now?
Can you reach out and touch His face?
Are you part of that glorious holy night?
I wonder . . . .what Christmas in Heaven is like

Daylight Savings Inspired Musical Interlude

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 by by

I’ve got photos edited, uploaded, and ready for 3 or 4 different blog entries…but by the time the end of the day rolls around and I have more than a couple minutes to sit down and type them out, I’m too tired to do so. The boys seem to have handled Daylight Savings Time quite well; I, however, feel like I’m still trying to adjust! I’m just fine in the morning, but by the time Danny’s bedtime rolls around (7:30) I’m exhausted, and by the time Eric’s rolls around (8:30) I feel like it’s time for me to go to bed myself.

So, instead of long blog posts – which are coming! – I offer this musical interlude with my deaf son:

(And yes, he was totally glued to the TV while doing this… Choo Choo Soul and the dancing train do that. I tried turning it off, and I DID mute it, but… Yeah. He multitasks sometimes.)

A Little Bit Up

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 by by

(This is a song we do at the Early Literacy Center at Indian Road Public School.)

A little bit up and (Arms straight out, lift arms up)
A little bit down (Lower arms)
A little bit up and (Arms straight out, lift arms up)
A little bit down (Lower arms)
A little bit up and (Arms straight out, lift arms up)
A little bit down (Lower arms)
And that’s what makes the world go round

I’ve got two hands, I‘m gonna make them (Hold hands in front of you, apart)
Clap (Clap hands together)
I’ve got two hands, I’m gonna make them (Hold hands in front of you, apart)
Clap (Clap hands together) (more…)


I Still Miss You

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 by by

(I would be adding this song to Cora’s playlist if the website could find it, but alas, no such luck.)

I Still Miss You (Keith Anderson)

I’ve changed the presets in my truck
so those old songs don’t sneak up
they still find me and remind me
yeah you come back that easy
try restaurants I’ve never been to
order new things off the menu
that I never tried cause you didn’t like
two drinks in you were by my side

For Good

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 by by

A friend just posted these lyrics from “Wicked” on her Facebook, and it struck me. I just need to post it too.

“For Good”

I’m limited
Just look at me – I’m limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn’t do,
So now it’s up to you
For both of us – now it’s up to you…
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them (more…)