For this edition of Flannel Friday, we feature a flannelboard rhyme again shared with me by the lovely Melissa, when I begged for pig-related rhymes on twitter (yay for crowdsourcing storytime! Librarians are so good at sharing). I think she did tell me that this rhyme did not originate with her, though. Happen to remember where you got it, Mel? At any rate, it’s awesome.
We start with 5 pigs, clean-side-up (I made mine reversible), above a big mud puddle. The rhyme is sung to the tune of “5 green and speckled frogs”:
5 pigs so squeaky clean,
cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen,
Wanted to go outside and play [shout: IN THE MUD!]
1 jumped into the mud,
landed with a great big THUD! [clap or slap leg]
now there are 4 pigs squeaky clean [oink oink]
3 pigs so squeaky clean…etc.
As a pig jumps into the mud, I try to very quickly turn it over to the “dirty” side. Some of the kids don’t catch my trick, and are amazed at the “magic”. Some of the kids aren’t, and will inform the others how it happened. Feeling smart is awesome.
The kids added the “IN THE MUD!” shout – a couple classes just did it spontaneously as I started the rhyme. I liked it so much that I started encouraging it.
The clipart I used for the piggies is here (I printed the pig on paper, cut him out, stuck him on felt, and cut around). Enjoy some good clean fun with these piggies!