nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs Preschool
Rhymes for Community Helpers
These easy to learn preschool poems, fingerplays and action songs help young children understand the different kinds of work people in their communities perform.  Early childhood education themes are enhanced when preschoolers bring these rhymes to life with music and movement.
The Community Helpers Activity Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room!


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The carpenter's hammer goes knock, knock, knock,
And his saw goes see, saw, see,
He planes and measures
He hammers and he saws
While he build something for me.


The Mail Carrier
See the mail carrier
Dressed in blue
He's walking, walking, walking
Do you think he'll bring to you
Some postcards and a letter too?


Begin with closed fists

From a window in this house
open one fist, fingers point up
From a window in this house
 other fist open, fingers point up
Playmates wave at each other
 close fists, then thumbs wag at each other
They jump
 hands go up and down  quickly
And have such fun!
 hands together and clap

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The People in Your Neighborhood 
A song from Sesame Street

Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood
In your neighborhood
In your neighborhood.
Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood,
The people that you meet each day.

Oh, the fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
In your neighborhood, in your neighborhood.
The Fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
A person that you meet each day.

Add verses with other people in the neighborhood; grocer, mail carrier, shoemaker etc.

A Fireman
A fingerplay

This brave fireman is going to bed
  hold up right thumb
Down on the pillow he lays his head
   right thumb on left palm
Wraps himself in his blanket tight
  curl fingers around thumb
And plans to sleep this way all night
close eyes
But the fire alarm rings!  He opens his eyes!
   open eyes
Quickly he's dressed and down the pole he slides
  right hand slides down left arm in a grip from elbow to wrist
Then he climbs on the truck to go, go, go.
 hands manipulate imaginary steering wheel 


Five Little Firefighters
A fingerplay

Five little fire fighters sit very still
 hold up five fingers
Until they see a five on top of the hill
Number one rings the bell, ding-dong.
  bend down thumb
Number 2 pulls his big boots on.
 bend down pointer finger
Number 3 climbs on the truck right away.
 bend down middle finger
Number 4 joins him, no one can wait.
  bend down ring finger
Number 5 drives the truck to the fire.
  bend down little finger
The big yellow flames go higher and higher.
  spread arms
Whooo-ooo!  Whooo-ooo!  Hear the fire truck say
  imitate siren
As all of the cars get out of the way.
Shhh!  goes the water from the fire hose spout,
  rub palms together
And quicker than a wink the fire is out!
     clap hands. 

Ten Little Firemen
Preschool children perform the actions that the words suggest.

Ten little firemen sleeping in a row,
  extend both hands, fingers curled
Ding dong goes the bell
  pull bell cord with one hand
And down the pole they go
  close both fists, put one on top of other, slide down pole
Off on the engine, oh, oh, oh.
  steer engine with hands
Using the big hose, so, so, so.
When all the fire's out, home so-o slow
  steer engine with hands
Back to bed, all in a row.
  extend both hands with fingers curled 

There is an entire Fire Safety Theme in the Rainbow Resource Room.

A fingerplay

This is a car driving down the street
  right fist travels down extended left arm
Here's a policeman walking his beat
  right index and middle fingers walk down left arm
Now he is checking the stores at night
To see that the stores are locked up tight
  right index finger and thumb turn key in keyhole formed   by crook of little finger of left hand, other fingers in a fist.
And this is the friendly traffic cop,
  left hand in fist, index finger straight up
Who tells the cars when to Go and Stop!
  on Go index finger beckons, on Stop, raise fist up
When cars get in a traffic jam
  jam fists together
He help them better than anyone can.
  left index finger as cop stands erect 

Preschool children use hands to perform the actions

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

Roll it and pat it, mark it with a "B"
Put it in the oven for Baby and me.

The Community Helpers Activity Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room!

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