This finger play is also done in Germany and Austria.


*Hanselimaa is a regional name for the human-shaped cake eaten on St. Nicholas' Day (Dec. 6th). According to the site "", Hanselimaa is also the word for house spirits tied to a household. They can't be chased unless someone mocks their work. Then they leave the house but they'll curse the mocker forever.

Another Spelling of Rhyme:

Feuf Engeli händ gsunge
Feuf Engeli chömed gsprunge
´s erst blast es Fürli a
´s zweit stell es Pfänndli dra
´s dritt rüert es Päppeli i
´s viert tuet brav Zucker dri
´s feuft seit: I richte-n-a
Iß, min liebe Hansilima.

Game Instructions

First the child wiggles all five fingers. Then they show the thumb, then the forefinger, the middle finger, the ring finger and the pinkie at the end.

On "I richte a, iss, mi chliine Hanselimaa", they wave their hand.


Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Füf Ängeli, die hei gsunge

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares.