How many of you storytimers out there know the classic Burl Ives song “Little White Duck”? You know Burl Ives, right? The guy who was the snowman on the classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” stop-motion animation tv special? I’ve found a lot of the preschool teachers I work with either haven’t heard it, or haven’t sung it in years. It’s a lovely song, and, strangely enough, I find it has a hypnotic effect on small children. When I sing it, with this flannelboard, they sit quietly, paying rapt attention. I can’t explain it.
Here’s a video of this fun song:
And here’s my flannel version:
One by one, the duck, frog, and bug come into the scene. Then, that darn snake has to go and ruin everything!
I slide my blue snake across the board, and as he scares the duck and frog they each make a noise and then disappear. Snake slides over the bug as he “eats” him, and then slinks off the board and behind.
I make a big show of boo-hooing at the end, when there’s nobody left.
I use this flannel for my “frog and friends” storytime, but it would certainly fit a lot of other themes! If you’re not confident of your singing ability (although the children are completely non-judgemental and would not at all mind if you tried!) you can get the song on this cd. I also found a Danny Kaye version, which is completely awesome.
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