Not a Flannel Friday: Shoo Fly

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I think these pipe cleaner puppets are kind of cute! I made them for our Bugs Storytime Resource Pack. Storytime providers can hand one out to each child to use during the activity, then will collect them again at the end of storytime.

They’re pretty easy to make. Use a black pipe cleaner, another of any color, and half of a white one.

Start by wrapping up the black one into a ball and tucking the pointy ends into the middle.

Take the white one and thread it through the middle of the black ball, bending each arm into a wing shape and tucking the pointy ends in again.

A whole pipecleaner in any other color can be used for the “handle” of the puppet. Bend the pipecleaner in half, twist it a couple times, and thread it through the middle of the fly, and twist the ends together.

Now you can sing Shoo Fly!

Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
I belong to somebody!

At the end of the verse, put your fly somewhere on your body and say, “Oh no! The fly has landed on my KNEE! Can you make your fly land on your knee? Where is your knee? Oh no, shoo fly!” And then have the kids whoosh their flies off their knees while you sing the verse again. As you sing the verse, you can zoom your fly around through the air. Don’t forget to add in some less common body parts, such as “shin” or “ankle” or “wrist” or “waist.”

You could also sing, “There’s a Fly on the Floor,” instead of “There’s a Spider on the Floor.”

If you have enough puppets, you can hand two out to each child, and use them to act out “Two Little Shoo Flies”

Two little shoo flies sitting on the wall
One named Peter, one named Paul
Fly away Peter! Fly away Paul!
Come back Peter! Come back Paul!

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7 Responses to Not a Flannel Friday: Shoo Fly

  1. Mary K says:

    Oh wow! Great minds! Yours and mine from this week would work perfectly together! I’m going to make a fly!

  2. I think we are not-flannel kindred spirits. I LOVE these and if there’s ever any free time around here again I’m going to have my students make me a few dozen of these delights.

  3. Melissa says:

    Mary, I am loving the seredipitous matchups that have happened on Flannel Fridays. Great minds indeed! Anna, they are SO QUICK to make. My 13yo helped me so they are easy for young helpers to do too. Have fun!

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  5. Tamara says:

    I did the Shoo Fly/Body Part song for bilingual storytime this weekend; a great way to introduce body parts in two languages! I also found sparkly pipe cleaners for the wings (partially white and partially shimmery plastic), which absolutely MADE the flies. Very cute, handing out the flies from the flies bouquet to the parents and children. Thank you for suggesting such a great Not Flannel!!

  6. Melissa says:

    Whoop whoop! I’m so glad it was a big success! Now I am jealous of your sparkly wings. I will keep an eye out for those pipe cleaners for my next set!

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