Here is the church,
And here is the steeple,
Open the door
And see all the people.
(With the child on one's lap facing outward, the hands are held before it, interlocked back-to-back, and rotated 180 degrees so that the palms face each other, the knuckles forming the ridge of the church roof. The little fingers are raised to form the steeple, the thumbs parted to open the door, and the interlocked fingers are wiggled between the palms to represent the congregation.)


Here are the lady's knives and forks,
Here is the lady's table,
Here is the lady's looking-glass,
And here is the baby's cradle.

(Starting with the hands back-to-back, the fingers are interlaced to represent knives and forks. The hands are then turned over, the backs of the fingers forming the table. The little fingers are raised and the hands are rotated 90 degrees to to make a vertical looking glass. When the two index fingers are also raised and the hands are dropped back into a horizontal plane, a rocking motion imparts the idea of a cradle.)


Put your finger in Foxy's hole,
Foxy's not at home;
Foxy's at the back door,
Picking a marrow bone.

(The best Foxy's hole is made between the middle fingers, the hands forming a mound. When the child puts his finger in the hole, Foxy has come home again and nips the intruder with the lurking thumb-nails. The hole remains open of course, to allow escape.)


Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old.

Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot
Nine days old.
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot nine days old.
    Spell me that without a P,
    And a clever scholar you will be!

(The Pease Porridge is a pile of everybody's hands, and as each line is recited the hand at the bottom is pulled out and placed on top.)

My mother and your mother
    Went over the way;
Said my mother to your mother,
    It's chop-a-nose day.

(The child's nose is held between finger and thumb and chopped off smartly with the other hand.)


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