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Moving Stories (Fingerplays)

Adding hand motions to Bible stories help students learn physically, orally, and visually. Here are some stories performed by students from Cape Coral Church of Christ. Note the sing-song tones in their voices; it helps them remember what comes next.


Big Boat

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Words Motions
There was a big boat hold arms out in a circle
and it had animals come on walk finger up palm of other
2 by 2, 2 by 2, 2 by 2 hand
and then the rains came down wiggle fingers and drop from
and the rains came down to low with each repetition
and the rains came down  
and Noah opened the window hands flat, even w/ body open wide
and out flew a bird flap arms

Jesus and the Little Children

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Words Motions
Jesus said "come to me" beckon with both arms
The children would run to Jesus two fingers run across palm
The people around Jesus said stop hold hand palm out "stop"
But Jesus said "come to me" beckon with both arms
And the children would run to Jesus two fingers run across palm
And Jesus would love them. arms crossed on chest

Tower of Babel

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Words Motions
First it was this big hold hands out wide
Then this big move hands higher & narrower
Then this big move hands higher & narrower
And God said "NO, NO!" shake index finger "no"
and then what happened? Hands out questioning
"sound effect of building crashing" fingers shaking down (like rain)

Garden of Eden

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Words Motions
There was a man Hold up first finger of one hand
and there was a woman Add first finger of second hand
and there was a big tree Outline a big tree with hands
and what was in the tree? Hands out questioning
a snake! first fingers where snake fangs would be
Hisssssss  

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