This Old Man

Pam Schiller and Thomas Moore present 500 fingerplays, along with cross-curricular activities in

     500 Activities to Use with Songs You Already Know

See below for their curriculum extensions and thematic connections.


This old man, he played one                
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone    
This old man    
Came rolling home.                                

This old man, he played two    
He played knick-knack on my shoe  

With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played three  
He played knick-knack on my knee  

With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played four
He played knick-knack on my door  
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played five
He played knick-knack on my hive
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played six
He played knick-knack on my sticks
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played seven
He played knick-knack up in heaven
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played eight
He played knick-knack on my gate
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played nine
He played knick-knack on my spine
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played ten
He played knick-knack once again    
With a nick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone  
This old man came rolling home

Hold up one finger.
Hold up your thumb.

Throw an imaginary bone.
Point to yourself.
Roll hands over each other.

Hold up two fingers.
Tap your shoe.

 

 


Tap your knee.

 

 


Knock on your forehead.

 

 


Wiggle fingers for flying bees.

 

 


Tap your index fingers.

 

 


Point skyward.

 

 


Knock on an imaginary gate.

 

 

Tap your backbone.

 

 


Clap your hands.

Thematic Connections:  Numbers

Things to Talk About
          1.  How would the song be different if the old man was using the alphabet instead of numbers?
          2.  Think of other rhyming words to go with each number.

Curriculum Extensions For Language:  Rhyme Time
          Ages 4,5,6
          Materials:  Index cards, markers, simply-drawn pictures or magazine photos.
          Procedure:
                    1. Write numerals 1 - 10 on the index cards.
                    2.  Invite children to match numerals with items that rhyme.
          Developmental Bonus:
                    Auditory discrimination.

Curriculum Extensions For Math:  Number Worm
          Ages 4,5,6
          Materials:  Construction paper, scissors, crayons.
          Procedure:
                    1.  Cut ten construction paper circles about 3 inches in diameter.
                    2.  Write the numerals 1 - 9 on the circles.
                    3.  Draw a face on the remaining circle.
                    4.  The children start with the head and then sequence the circles 1-9 to create a worm.
                         
          Developmental Bonus:
                    Number sequence.

Related Bibliography
          Aylesworth, Jim.  One Crow: A Counting Rhyme
                    Farm animals are used to illustrate numbers one to ten first with a summer slant and then with a winter slant.
          Crews, Donald.  Ten Black Dots
                    A counting rhyme from one to ten that shows a number of items made from simple black dots.
          Koontz, Robin Michael.  This Old Man
                    A modern interpretation of the song.  Ten little sweat-suited men are the focus of the book.
          Leedy, Loreen.  A Number of Dragons
                    A rhyming 10 to 1 and back again dragon-counting book.
          Sendak, Maurice.  One Was Johnny:  A Counting Book
                    A number of intruders destroy Johnny's peace until he issues an ultimatum.



This activity (excerpt) is taken from:
Where is Thumbkin? 500 Activities to Use with Songs You Already Know
          by Pam Schiller and Thomas Moore.
Page 186. ISBN: 0876591640 
© 1993 Gryphon House, Inc.