Extra Video: Finger Games and Songs

I’ve had lots of requests for footage of some of the finger games and songs that are staples for my mealtime entertainment, so I have some here. Some of them are classic children’s games (like ‘Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the people), some are obscure children’s games, and some I made up myself. Don’t be shy to make up your own! Young children are a very forgiving audience. As you do it over and over, the ‘official’ words will settle into your head and the movements will settle into your hands.

This first group are very short finger games. A finger game this short I will usually do two or three times in a row. If you change your delivery each time (volume, tone, accent, speed) you can easily do one of these games four or five times in a row and the kids think it’s hilarious:


Next I have some longer finger-plays and songs. The one at the end, “Five Little Ducks” is a song that has something for everyone: lots of repetition for the phlegmatic children, sadness and loss for the melancholic children, a happy ending for the sanguine children. I’ve never had this one not be a hit.

Finally, I did a video with games that we play for wiping our hands and faces after a meal is done. The batteries ran out halfway through the last game, but I’ll go ahead and post it anyhow; who knows when I’ll get around to re-doing it!

That’s it for now! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If you know any other good sources for finger-plays and such, please post them in the comments!

Warmly, Faith


  1. kristinluce says

    Very sweet Faith! I love your energy! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. I am re-watching these videos after some time. It is so good to be re-inspired by your wonderful playful energy Faith. 🙂

  3. Jackie Beach says

    Hi, Faith! I’m wondering why some videos no longer show up. I only see the first video here. Thanks!!

    • Jackie, I looked into it and there seems to be a problem on the YouTube end of things. I tried to fix it, but it’s not an easy fix; I think I will have to delete and re-upload the missing videos. Now I just have to find the hard-drive that I saved them on. Ugh. I’m sorry about that!

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