I was inspired by the tune for “The Ants Go Marching” while I was thinking about transition times. Usually, children’s activities don’t end at the same time so a teacher is faced with some waiting for others to complete a project. I hated to nag the slower students but I needed something besides a visual timer to let them know they had a finite amount of time to complete as project. Knowing that they needed to finish by the end of this song accomplished many things. First, the slower ones had to face a deadline. Second, the quicker ones had a quiet movement song that they could sing while they waited (I assumed that the children were sitting cross-legged on the floor). Third, it was fun to do. Move side to side with the students while everyone sings. Enjoy.

The Fingers Are Wiggling

Tune: The Ants Go Marching

The fingers are wiggling one by one, Hurrah, Hurrah (fingers are wiggling)

The fingers are wiggling one by one, Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling one by one,

They all move together and show the thumbs (Follow words of the song)

And they all go fluttering down

To one’s lap and now

Let’s all clap! (Clap)

The fingers are wiggling two by two Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling two by two Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling two by two

They work together to tie a shoe

And they all go fluttering down

To one’s lap and now

Let’s all clap! (Clap)

The fingers are wiggling three by three Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling three by three Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling three by three

They move down towards the knees

And they all go fluttering down

To one’s lap and now

Let’s all clap! (Clap)

The fingers are wiggling four by four Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling four by four Hurrah, Hurrah

The fingers are wiggling four by four

It’s time to sing the song’s no more

And they all go fluttering down

To one’s lap and now

Let’s all clap! (Clap)