Flannel Friday: 5 Little Cowpokes

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Happy Flannel Friday y’all!  This fun counting song was a blast with my toddlers the last time I used it during storytime- I can’t wait to sing it again come January and the Western Stock Show!  It goes a little something like this:

5 Little Cowpokes

to the tune of “5 Little Ducks”

5 little cowpokes riding to the store (bounce while pretending to hold reigns)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then were 4!

4 little cowpokes racing to the tree (bounce faster)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then were 3!

3 little cowpokes riding under the sky so blue (bounce normal)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then were 2!

2 little cowpokes racing under the sun (bounce faster)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then was 1!

1 little cowpoke riding all alone (bounce slowly)

So he turned right around and he rode on home.

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Credit: Myself!  I thought of this little diddy in the shower the night before storytime.  I don’t know about you, but I do my best songwriting in the shower.  🙂

Pattern: I used FREE super cute online clip art from Laura at My Cute Graphics.  Thanks a ton Laura!

Happy Flannel Friday y’all!  The rest of the Round Up can be found right here at Storytime in the Stacks.  Have a great weekend!

Flannel Friday: Baby Rattlesnake’s First Rattle

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I love using folk and traditional tales for flannel sets!  Something about them just grabs and holds my crowd like no other kind of story can do.  “Baby Rattlesnake’s First Rattle” is a wonderfully engaging Pawnee tale with lots of repetition and humor.  It follows the story of a young snake who is told by everyone he’s too young for a rattle- except for Grandpa.  One he gets his rattle he of course causes mischief, hiding behind rocks and jumping out to scare passerby, until the day he meets his match in the chief’s daughter.

I had the audience help me with lots of the sounds in this one.  We previewed the actions and noises beforehand (e.g. “In this story, we’re going to meet a rabbit.  How do rabbits move?  They hop hop hop.  We’re going to have to hide very quietly.  Show me how quiet you can be!” etc.)  We also practiced shaking our shakers when I said the words “chhh chhh chhh.”  I’ve found previewing the expected participation beforehand really helps, that way the kiddos know what to expect and the caretakers know how they can be supportive.

I based my text off the tale as found in Margaret Read MacDonald’s Shake It Up Tales, but I’ll probably re-do my flannel set based on the gorgeous illustrations in this picture book adaptation of Baby Rattlesnake.

Happy Flannel Friday y’all!  The rest of the Round Up can be found right here at Storytime in the Stacks.  Have a great weekend!

Final Flannel Friday Roundup for 2016!

Friday December 16th marks our last Flannel Friday Roundup for the year- and it’s a pretty quiet one!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

This week I’ve got two Western flannels to share- hopefully in time to make before the stock show is back in town come January!  The first is a silly counting song about 5 Little Cowpokes who keep riding over a cactus.  The second is a fun folk tale about Baby Rattlesnake’s First Rattle.  And Kathryn is re-posting an oldie but a goody this week with these fun Little Birdies finger puppets!

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And we’re taking a break till 2017 with Mary!  Can’t wait for a great idea?  Check out the Flannel Friday Blog, Facebook, and Pinterest pages!

Flannel Friday: 5 Little Aliens

 

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Many thanks to the fabulous crew at Storytime Underground this week for helping me put the finishing touches on a new space flannel song!  Here’s what I started with…

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And thanks to the many other brilliant brains out there, here’s some different songs I ended up with:

Five Little Aliens

to the tune of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five little aliens,
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
One stopped on Planet Mars
To eat some chocolate bars.
Now there’s four little aliens.

Four little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space
Jupiter had soda pop
Another alien made a stop,
Now there’s three little aliens.

Three little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
One stopped at Saturn’s rings
Looking at flying things.
Now there’s two little aliens.

Two little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
One stopped at Uranus
To fill up with gaseous.
Now there’s one little alien.

One little alien
Flying to her space station,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
She landed on Neptune
To see it’s 14 moons.
Now there’s no little aliens!

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Credit: Dana Jacobs Bjornstad

I also really liked the lyrics to this one:

Five Little Aliens Green

to the tune of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five little aliens green
Flyin’ their space machines
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
Zoom, zoom.
One raced around the sun
‘Cause the solar flares looked like fun.
Now there are four little aliens green…
Beep, beep!

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Credit: Chriss Jones

And in case you’d like to practice counting down by 2 instead of 1, here’s my own take on things:

Five Little Aliens

to the tune of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
ZOOM ZOOM!
One stopped on Planet Mars
And one stopped to see a star.
Now there’s three little aliens!

Three little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
ZOOM ZOOM!
One stopped on Neptune
And one stopped to see the Moon.
Now there’s one little alien!

One little alien
Flying to his space station,
Zooming all alone in outer space.
ZOOM…. ZOOM… (slowly)
He stopped on Mercury
Where he was surprised to see
All of his other alien friends!

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Credit: Storytime in the Stacks

You can snag my alien pattern below!  For the planets I just cut circles of different shapes and attempted to free-hand with the puffy paint, to varying degrees of success.

Pattern: available here

Many thanks to Wendy for hosting this week over at Flannel Board Fun.  (Sorry this isn’t really winter related… hope I’m not messing too much with the holiday mojo!)  To learn more about Flannel Friday, please check out the Flannel Friday websitePinterest, or Facebook page.