10 Fantastic fingerplays and songs for the holidays

Make your holiday program one to remember with these fun and interactive songs!

We are often asked for Christmas song recommendations.  Today, we would like to share a few of our favorites.  Whether it be just for fun or for a Christmas program, these songs and fingerplays are sure to get kids singing along…

Five Little Gingerbread

Five little gingerbread lying on a tray,

One jumped up and ran away,

shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can…

I run really fast, I’m the gingerbread man!”

Continue counting down until there are none left

No more gingerbread lying on a tray.

They all jumped up and ran away!

This is a fun song to use with props.  A cookie sheet with felt or paper gingerbread men are a cute visual.  

The Mitten in the Snow

Sung to the tune of The farmer in the dell.

The mitten in the snow,

the mitten in the snow

Help us please so we don’t freeze

the mitten in the snow.

A __________ squeezes in,

a__________ squeezes in,

Help us please so we don’t freeze

The mitten in the snow.

A great prop for this song is a large mitten made of felt or fleece.  Add your favorite stuffed animals or puppets to the mitten as you sing.  


Sung to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Begin in a standing position, with hands in the air.

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,

Dance and spin around in circles.

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

Wiggle your fingers, then touch them to the floor.

Snowflakes, snowflakes in the air,

Repeat movements.  

Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere.

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

The Snowman

Roll the snow into some balls.

Make a rolling motion with your hands.

Make a snowman, oh so tall!

Stand tall and stretch your arms over your head.

Place a hat upon his head.

Pretend to put a hat on your head.

Give him buttons that are red.

Point to the buttons on your shirt.

Use some coal to make his eyes.

Point to your eyes.

You can do it if you try!

Next he needs a carrot nose.

Point to your nose.

Where will we get one of those?

Shrug shoulders and put your hands up.

Make a mouth and he’ll be done.

Use your index fingers to point to your smile.

Making snowmen is such fun!

Ring the Bells

Sung to the tune of “Jimmy crack corn.”

Ring those bells and turn around

Ring those bells and turn around.

Ring those bells and turn around.

For Christmas time is near.

(repeat and change the words to any action)

Ring those bells and stomp your feet.

(Then we ended with…)

Ring those bells quietly.

Ring those bells quietly.

Ring those bells quietly.

For Christmas time is near.

What Goes Twinkle in the Night?

What goes twinkle in the night?

Twinkle, twinkle star so bright.

What goes twinkle in the night?

Twinkle, twinkle candle light.

What goes twinkle in the night?

Twinkling is a beautiful sight.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Let’s all do a little clapping,

Let’s all do a little clapping,

Let’s all do a little clapping,

To spread Christmas cheer!

Repeat “We wish you a Merry Christmas” 3x, then add other action verses such as jumping, stomping, or turning, alternating with “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”

Four Little Bells

Four little bells,

Silver and round,

Each one makes a different sound.

Bell number one…


Bell number two…


Bell number three…


Bell number four…






Ten Little Candy Canes

Ten little candy canes,

With stripes of red and white.

I’ll lick, lick, lick, and

Chomp, chomp, chomp!

And one goes out of sight.

Repeat in descending order until there are no candy canes left.  Then rub your tummy and say,


The Reindeer Pokey

You put your right hoof in,

You put your right hoof out.

You put your right hoof in,

and you shake it all about!

You do the reindeer pokey,

and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!

Continue with left hoof, right antler (using hands on head), left antler, tail, and red nose.

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By |2018-12-03T13:20:59+00:00December 3rd, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Debbie December 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you! These are awesome. I love how the props can be made so easily !

  2. Ellen Mahan December 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Where do you teach? Is that a picture of you with Jungle Jim and the reindeer? I had his son a preschool several years ago?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Ellen,
      Yes that is me with Jungle John? or is it Jim:) I live here in Indiana!

  3. Marcia Fowler December 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Great ideas. What paint did you use for the snowflake picture (5th picture down)?

  4. Jeanine December 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    These are incredible.. Some reminders of my own childhood.. I think thats thee most special part of this season! This must have taken you some time to prepare as well–Thank you ever so much for sharing in this precious holiday spirit!

  5. Corinne December 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great list. I especially loved the “Ring those Bells” song. I love songs that incorporate instruments. I will be trying that one this week!
    Corinne – Teach Easy Resources Blog
    I share my ideas here

  6. Robin Morgan January 26, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    these books that you wrote they are good books and you are welcome

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