Not a Flannel Friday: She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

Again this week I don’t have an actual flannel. I was planning a Horses & Cows storytime for during the Stock Show in January, and found this in my files! Completely forgot about it!

I made it to have something to hold while I sang a few verses of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” with the babies in storytime. I sing the first verse with the prop folded up in my lap. Then I sing, “She’ll be drivin’ six white horses,” and unfold the prop so that the horses are showing. Then I fold it up, turn it around, and open it up again to the other side, and sing, “We’ll all go out to meet her when she comes.” That’s it! Something a little different for the babies to look at while we sing.

The prop is six inches high and 36 inches wide, which makes each panel about 6×6″. It’s made up out of 2 6×18″ panels held together with a 6×12″ panel in the middle. Here’s a sketch looking from the top down:

The images are all clip art from Microsoft Word.

I’m thinking this might be fun to try for some of those cumulative songs, like “I Know An Old Lady” or “Fiddle-I-Fee.” You could unfold them panel by panel as you sang each verse, and everyone would have the pictures to help remember the order of the song!

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8 Responses to Not a Flannel Friday: She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

  1. Andrea says:

    I like this a lot! I think I’m going to adapt the polar bear story I put up today to this method. It should work really well for any story where elements are added.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thanks! It was one of those Hail-Mary passes the day before storytime!

  3. Krystal says:

    AWESOME idea! I can’t wait to find a song or story to use in this format. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Melissa says:

    You’re welcome! Let us know what you make!

  5. Lisa says:

    This is funny because I just went on <a href=""Nancy Stewart's website found a foldout for “5 Little Dragons” that’s similar, thought it had possibilities and tweeted it.

    I am here looking through ALL your baby stuff which I am going to pillage recklessly for my new baby program, my toddler program and for that matter my 2 and up program. Because librarians don’t steal, we BORROW 😀

  6. Melissa says:

    I’ve been to Nancy Stewart’s site but I don’t remember a fold-out! It’s possible I did see it and a seed was sown!

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  8. Maggie says:

    I’ve been wanting to translate Sue Williams’ “I went walking” into something that’s accordion style. This should work perfectly!

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