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Dance Thumbkin Activity

Little ones love learning how to use their fingers. This Dance Thumbkin activity gives them a chance to learn how to control their finger movements.


Dance, thumbkin, dance,
(wiggle thumb while tucking other fingers into palm)

Dance, you merry men, every one;

But thumbkin, he can dance alone,

Thumbkin, he can dance.


Dance, pointer, dance,
(wiggle forefinger while tucking other fingers into palm)

Dance, you merry men, every one;

But pointer, he can dance alone,

Pointer, he can dance.


Dance, longman, dance,
(wiggle middle finger while tucking other fingers into palm)

Dance, you merry men, every one;

But longman, he can dance alone,

Longman, he can dance.


Dance, ringman, dance,
(wiggle ring finger while tucking other fingers into palm)

Dance, you merry men, every one;

But ringman, he can dance alone,

Ringman, he can dance.


Dance, baby, dance,
(wiggle pinky finger while tucking other fingers into palm)

Dance, you merry men, every one;

But baby, he can dance alone,

Baby, he can dance.

Check out related rhymes and activities!

Dance Thumbkin Nursery Rhyme

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Do you have a great game or craft that you do with nursery rhymes?

Children love to play as they learn! Whether that's clapping to the rhythym of the verse, acting out the characters, playing games or creating great artwork!

We would love to hear about games, arts and crafts, fingerplays, anything that you do with your special little one to make nursery rhymes a fun interactive learning activity.

We know our mom's and grandma's have great ways to entertain while teaching their children and grandchildren.

Please share with us those fun learning experiences.

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