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Finger plays

A finger play is a fun way to teach young children a message.

These finger plays are about the important job firefighters have in the community.

Teach the words slowly, line by line. Then go back and teach the finger movements with the words once again, line by line.

The firefighter

  1. This firefighter rings the bell
    (thumb)
  2. This firefighter hold the hose so well
    (index)
  3. This firefighter slides down the pole
    (middle)
  4. This firefighter chops a hole
    (ring)
  5. This firefighter climbs higher and higher
    (pinky)
  6. And all the fire-fighters put out the fire!

Firefighters at work

  1. Can you hear the siren?
    (Cup right hand to ear.)
  2. Listen to it scream!
  3. Can you hear the fire bell?
    (Cup left hand to ear.)
  4. Do you know what they mean?
  5. Here come the firefighters
    (Run in place.)
  6. Listen to them shout!
    (Cup hands around mouth.)
  7. Pour on water! Pour on water!
    (With mouth cupped, shout this.)
  8. Put the fire out!
    (Shout and pretend to squirt water from hose.)

Firefighter finger play

  1. Five brave fire-fighters, Sleeping so,
    (hold up a hand with fingers flat across palm)
  2. The fire bell rings, Down the pole they go,
    (open the hand and make a downward motion)
  3. Jump in the fire truck, Hurry down the street. Climb up the ladder,
    (make the fingers climb)
  4. Feel the fire's heat.
    (wipe sweat from your brow)
  5. Five brave fire-fighters
    (hold up five fingers)
  6. Put the fire out.
    (make a wiping motion)
  7. Hip! Hip! Hooray! All the people shout!
    (shout)