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Fingerplays are an important part of a storytime.  Rhyming helps children develop their phonological awareness; using their bodies engages other parts of their brains; and often a well-placed fingerplay keeps children focused and able to participate fully in all of storytime.

If you are doing a storytime theme, your fingerplays and action rhymes don't need to specifically fit into the theme.  Unless you find some really great ones that fit, it can be more effective to stick to tried and true fingerplays, regardless of theme.  Don't choose a rhyme just because it fits your theme, make sure it is one that bears repeating!

Here are some resources for finding action rhymes and fingerplays to use in storytimes:

StoryBlocks from the Colorado State Library includes high quality videos of rhymes and songs in English and Spanish.  A great way to learn new material!

jbrary has youtube videos of two librarians demonstrating songs, many with American Sign Language.

Gayle's Preschool Rainbow includes the text for fingerplays, action poems, nursery rhymes, and songs.

Enchanted Learning includes hundreds of rhymes, searchable by theme/topic.

So Tomorrow Blog has some excellent ideas for playing with parachutes and nursery rhymes

Rhyme Database has 130 rhymes, put together by Storytiming blogger Cate Levinson