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Clap and Count Finger Plays

ON FRIDAY NIGHTS
(for hand motions, see Clap and Count)
by Jacqueline Jules

When the big sun in the sky
Drops down, down, down,
Two Shabbat candles
Wear a crown,
A crown of light--
So beautiful and bright--
It sparkles on the ceiling,
Sparkles on the walls,
Sparkles in my heart
Most of all.


A FLOWER FOR SHAVUOT
(for hand motions, see Clap and Count)
by Jacqueline Jules

I'm a small seed
Planted in the ground.
Watch me gather strength,
As the rains come down.
Ever so slowly
My leaves uncurl
I push through the earth
In a graceful swirl.
My stem springs up
And my petals spread out.
Won't I be pretty
When I'm placed all about?


FIVE LITTLE GROGGERS
(For hand motions, see Clap and Count)
by Jacqueline Jules

Five little groggers sat in a box.
They made no sound, as quiet as socks.
Then the cantor chanted Haman's name.
Clatter, clack, clack, shout!
One little grogger jumped right out.

Four little groggers sat in a box.
They made no sound, as quiet as socks,
Then the cantor chanted Haman's name.
Clatter, clack, clack, shout!
One little grogger junmped right out.

Three little groggers sat in a box.
They made no sound, as quiet as socks.
Then the cantor chanted Haman's name.
Clatter, clack, clack, shout!
One little grogger jumped right out.

Two little groggers sat in a box.
They made no sound, as quiet as socks.
Then the cantor chanted Haman's name.
Clatter, clack, clack, shout!
One little grogger jumped right out.

One little grogger sat in a box.
It made no sound, as quiet as socks.
Then the cantor chanted Haman's name.
Clatter, clack, clack, shout!
The last little grogger jumped right out.


THIS LITTLE SHOFAR
(For hand motions, see Clap and Count)
by Jacqueline Jules

This little shofar went toot, toot.
This little shofar went hoot, hoot.
This little shofar made a big sound.
This little shofar was heard downtown.
But this little shofar had something in his throat.
He tried and he tried, but he couldn't blow a note.
So all the other shofars got together,
Tickled their friend with a bright blue feather.
He laughed and laughed till his throat was clear.
Then he wished everyone a Happy New Year!

These finger plays were excerpted from Clap and Count: Action Rhymes for the Jewish Year by Jacqueline Jules. They are for personal, classroom, or library use only. All other uses are prohibited. To purchase a copy of Clap and Count, go to www.karben.com.

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