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.
Listen to the whole song on H.U.M. - Highly Useable Music or hear it here:
This wonderful song by Rachel Buchman, with original poetry by Marie Louise Allen, brings out the smiles while encouraging digital dexterity! No, I won't be singing it in Grenada or Oklahoma during my January travels (snow, what's snow?), but it's a great way to discuss the difference between gloves (each finger has it's own place) and mittens (a thumb place, fingers all together!) Make sure your "PING" rings!
Thumbs in the thumb place, PING!
Hide your hands behind you. On "PING" bring them out, with fingers together, thumb sticking out. Wave them happily! Hide them and repeat. During the verse, begin low, waving hands from side to side, getting a little higher for each line. Begin hiding them on "this is the song we sing in mitten weather".
Age Range: 3 – 6 years old, though some two's really like this, too!
Purpose: movement, digital dexterity, vocabulary
Extension Activity: Act out the story I've chosen as a Book Buddy – it readily adapts to many styles of telling/acting. Use a large sheet for the mitten, extended over a few chairs. It's great fun!
Book Buddy: The Mitten by Jan Brett – readily available at most libraries, or at amazon.com