"Five Little Monkeys
" is one of the well-known folk songs, nursery rhymes and fingerplays. In preschools, the rhyme is often accompanied by a set of actions or gestures that mimic its lyrics. This helps the young children learn lyrics to the song in a fun way and keeps them entertained.
Lyrics to Five Little Monkeys song
Five little monkeys jumping on the bedOne fell down and bumped his head,Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"Each successive verse in the nursery rhyme consecutively counts down from the starting number. "Four little monkeys jumping on the bed.....", "Three little monkeys jumping on the bed....." and so on. Enjoy fingerplay while singing Five Little Monkeys
How about enjoying fingerplay while singing "Five Little Monkeys"? So, let's learn how can we enjoy fingerplay while reciting the poem:"Five Little Monkeys jumping on the bed" - Hold up your five fingers and rest your elbow on other the hand. And then bounce arm up and down. "One fell down and bumped his head" -Â Hold up one finger and roll your hand down towards the floor and tap your head with fist."Mama called the doctor and the doctor said" - Put your thumb of one hand to your ear and the pinky finger to your cheek"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" - Wag your index finger With each successive verse, lessen the number of fingers you are holding up. For instance, "Four Little Monkeys jumping on the bed" - Hold up your four fingers and rest your elbow on other hand. And then bounce arm up and down. And, so on!While singing the remaining 3 lines in each verse, set of gestures and hand movements will be the same as in the first verse.
Kids learn to count numbers
"Five Little Monkeys" not only keep the young children entertained but also help them learn numbers from one to ten. As kids enjoy fingerplay while singing the rhyme, they hold up the number of fingers as per the first line of each verse. Thus, helping the little learners and preschoolers to learn how to count."Five Little Monkeys" nursery rhyme is a perfect blend of fun and learning. So, next time when you sing this one of the popular nursery rhymes and kids' songs, enjoy the set of gestures that mimic the lyrics. So get ready to have fun while playing fingerplay and also learn how to count with "Five Little Monkeys"!!!