Favorite Preschool Fingerplays


Reciting our favorite preschool fingerplays is an important part of our curriculum. We not only perform them during circle time, but we use them during transitions throughout the day.

Preschool fingerplays encourage children to participate verbally, follow directions, learn number concepts, and follow directions. I keep a notebook of all our favorite fingerplays and songs that I can pull out at any given time. (This is especially helpful when we need to calm the children down.) I also have props to many of the fingerplays that I keep in a basket nearby.

While we love so many different fingerplays, I thought I’d share 5 of our favorites. I’m including various activities that you can do with each one as well. I hope you and your children enjoy these as much as we do!


Favorite Fingerplays for Preschoolers

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Favorite Preschool Fingerplays

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Way Up High In the Apple Tree

Five Little Ducks

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Five Little Monkeys

The Wheels on the Bus


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Favorite Fingerplays for Preschoolers

More ideas for young children:

Preschool Name Recognition - Ideas for Preschool Early Literacy - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds        simple toddler science activities     Block Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers



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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


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  2. Theresa Elliott says:

    Can you email me the like for the fingerplay activities for 2 & 3s?

    • Hi Theresa,
      In the right sidebar of my blog, and at the end of most posts, you will see how you can sign up to get all my posts delivered to your e-mail address. This would be the easiest method. Please let me know if you have difficulties doing this.

  3. Katie Pinch says:

    Hi Sheryl I LOVE this collection of songs and activities, I think it’s so resourceful! I am planning on featuring your post on the #lovetolearnlinky and would like to invite you to visit again this Thursday. Have a great day 🙂

  4. Lily Winzil says:

    Hi there,
    I have been using some of your ideas at work and the children’s loves it. I would like receive newsletter from you please.


  5. RaisingCreativeChildren says:

    We love how you connected other related activities to each fingerplay – what a great idea! We wrote about fingerplays a while back with a bit more of a focus on the musical aspects and some related research that demonstrates the benefits of fingerplays with young children here: http://raisingcreativechildren.net/fun-with-fingerplays/

    We agree that fingerplays are important for young children!