Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.
This was my first big hit, and the title song of my first recording. It has gone around the world, currently being used in Japan, Vietnam, Great Britain, Grenada, Canada – and who knows where else! There are many versions of this old children's fingerplay – mine involves imaginative play, bodypart identification and humor. I've found children up to age 10 still enjoy sticking themselves to other things, while a 2 year-old tries to find an elbow or knee! Once you learn the song, you'll be able to sing it anywhere – waiting in line at the grocery store, in the car at a train crossing, or with 600 children in concert, as we did earlier this year in Grenada! Let the children you sing with suggest the bodyparts, or challenge them with some of your own ideas. Initiate social interaction by sticking your hand to someone else's hand, etc. But most of all, sing it with a smile!
Teacher Hint: I always end with the same verse – that way children know I'm done singing it for this time – they can sing it outdoors at playtime, or at home, but for the moment we are done. I use "head to the floor" because while they are "stuck" and listening to me, I can tell them what to do next, like this: "Are you stuck? Let's count to 3, say Un-Stick! and sit down criss-cross applesauce! Ready, 1 - 2 - 3 , UN-STICK!"
Sticky sticky sticky bubble gum
(knees to elbow, toe to nose, hand to someone else's hand, back to someone else's back, head to the floor...and make up your own verses!)
Clap hands together from side to side, then do what the song suggests. On Un-Stick! pull hands off and start clapping for the next verse.
Age Range: 1 – 8 years old!
Purpose: Active participation, gross motor skills, body part identification, pretend/imaginative play, socialization, vocabulary, listening and doing
Book Buddy: Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler (available on www.amazon.com for under $11.00 or check your local library) – this book has a wonderful add-on story like This is the house that Jack built, great meter, and playful pictures. Watch 4 - 5 year olds learn the list!