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Little Girl, Ready for Bed

Action Song for Young Children
Actions and Photos from Hugh Hanley

This chant, with actions and photographs, is from Hugh Hanley's Circle of Songs.


This is a little girl ready for bed.
Hold up pointer finger.

On the pillow she lays her head.
Hold other hand flat, palm up,
and lay the "little girl" across the open palm .
Wrap the covers around her tight,
Close the fingers of the open hand around the "little girl."
And that's the way she spends the night.
Rock the "bed" back and forth gently.

Morning comes.
She opens her eyes
and off, with a toss,
the cover flies.

Open your hand.

Up she jumps.
Hold the "little girl" upright.
Gets dressed.
Dress her with the fingers of your other hand.
Eats breakfast.
Feed her.
Brushes her teeth.
Scrub 'em good!
She's ready to work and play all day.
Hold her up for all to see.


 Hugh Hanley's Circle of Songs CD/Songbook sets were developed to promote adult/child interactive singing either in pairs or small groups. Children also enjoy singing these songs by themselves. Each set contains songs and activities that are appropriate and great fun for children ages two to seven years and for adults who would like to sing with them. The songs and activities are presented slowly and simply on the recording to help participants learn the songs and to invite participation.
     Early childhood educators know that the music that speaks to the heart of the young child is presented slowly and simply. Their favorite songs are the ones that they can join in on and make their own; songs that are so simple and so much fun that even a grown-up can sing them.

See more of our Fingerplays for Young Children and Preschool, Early Childhood, and Kindergarten Songs

Many thanks to Hugh Hanley for permission to display his fingerplay lyrics, actions, and photographs.
© Yatunes. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
For information about Hugh Hanley and his work, please visit www.hughhanley.com.



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