Birds Fingerplays

The following birds fingerplays are all about birds.

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye.

(Make circle with hands)

Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened.

(Open hands)

The birds began to sing.

(Flutter fingers)

Wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,

(Cup one hand loosely)

Counting out his money.

(Pick up "money" with the other)

The queen was in the parlor,

Eating bread and honey.

(Make eating motions)

The maid was in the garden, hanging out the clothes,

(Hands extended up)

When down came a blackbird, and nipped off her nose.

(Flutter one hand down and nip nose.)


(Fists to make a hill)

There were two blackbirds

(Lift index fingers)

Sitting on a hill

One named Jack

(Wiggle one finger)

The other named Jill.

(Wiggle other finger)

Fly away, Jack.

(Index finger behind back)

Fly away, Jill.

(Other finger behind back)

Come back, Jack.

(Bring back first finger)

Come back, Jill.

(Bring back other finger)

Little Birdie

One little birdie chirps just so.

Two little birdies sit in a row.

Three little birdies wait for a worm.

Four little birdies squirm, squirm, squirm.

Five little birdies shiver with cold.

Six little birdies sit up bold.

Seven little birdies sing sweet, sweet, sweet.

Eight little birdies sing tweet, tweet, tweet.

Nine little birdies all learn to fly,

Ten little birdies in the blue, blue sky.

Five Little Birdies

Five little birdies, high in a tree,

The first one says, what do I see?

The second one says, I see the street.

The third one says, And seeds to eat.

The fourth one says, The seeds are wheat.

The fifth one says:  Tweet, tweet.

If I Were a Bird

If I were a bird, I'd sing a song,

And fly about the whole day long,

And when the night came, go to rest,

Up in my cozy little nest.

Five Little Birds

Five little birds without any home.

(Hold up five fingers above head)

Five little trees in a row.

(Hold up five fingers of other hand)

Come build your nest in our branches tall.

(Let one hand fly to the other)

And we'll rock them to and fro.

(Rock cupped hands)

Here are some more birds fingerplays.

Five Little Chicadees

Five little chickadees sitting in a door;

One flew away and then there were four.

Four little chickadees sitting in a tree;

One flew away and then there were three.

Three little chickadees looking at you;

One flew away and then there were two.

Two little chickadees sitting in the sun;

One flew away and then there was one.

One little chickadee sitting all alone;

He flew away and then there were none.

Up in the Tree

Up in the tree

(Place one forearm on the other with hands outstretched)

Is a little bird's nest.

(Cup hands)

Within it two eggs.

(Place thumb in cupped hands)

Underneath birdies breast.

Crack-cracking the eggs.

(Make clicking sound with fingernails)

Both the birdlings come out.

They soon grow quite big.

Hop-hop-hopping about.

The mother bird says,

"Look, I'll teach you to fly!"

So spreading their wings

(Stretch two hands with thumbs joined)

They're off --- singing good-bye.


This is the dove house up so high

With its peaked roof against the sky.

These are the doves all gray and white.

(Flutter hands)

They live in the dove house snug and tight.

Coo says the doves as they fly away.

Coo says the white dove.

(Flutter right hand)

Coo says the gray dove.

(Flutter left hand)

Coo, coo, coo, as they walk about.

Eating the corn that we threw out.

(Eating motion.)

Some more birds fingerplays!


Look around and what do you see?

Two fat robins sitting in a tree.

Listen, listen and what do you hear?

They are saying, "Spring is here!"

(Can substitute fall, winter or summer as well)

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