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Flannel Friday: Safari Animals

September 20, 2013

There are all sorts of great rhymes, songs and fingerplays based on African animals so I made sets to take to the schools I will be visiting in Botswana. The monkey is based on Mollie’s Five Little Monkeys set, the elephant from a cookie cutter and the others are freehand. As well as the rhymes below, the folktale The Crocodile and the Monkey is a good fit for some of the pieces. Also, Storytime Katie’s Master List is always a great place to look if you are need storytime rhymes.

safari animals

The Elephant Walks
The elephant walks like this and that. (Wobble from side to side.)
He’s very tall (Stretch arms up)
and very fat (Stretch arms out to sides)
He’s has no fingers (Hold up hands, making fists to hide fingers)
But he does have toes (Reach down and touch toes)
And, goodness gracious, what a nose! (Bend over and swing arms for trunk)

I’m a Giraffe
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
A big tall giraffe, I almost reach the sky (stand on tiptoes)
I eat the leaves from the tallest tress (pretend to eat)
And when I run, I move with ease (pretend to run)
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
Way…up…high! (reach on tiptoes)
Source: Perry Public Library

I Went to the Jungle One Day (Tune: London Bridge)
I went to the jungle on day,
jungle one day, jungle one day.
I saw a lion on the way
And this is what he said, “ROAR!”
(Other animals: elephant, monkey, etc.)
Source: Perry Public Library

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be
Snaps that monkey right out of the tree.

Monkey See, Monkey Do
Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?
(jump around, swing your arms, scratch an itch, eat a banana, screech)
Credit: Perry Public Library

One Little Lion
Rhyme from ABC Literacy Storytimes: Storytimes to Promote Literacy and Learning by Marilyn Lohnes
One little lion, roaring at the zoo,
Called for another: ROAR!
Then there were two.

Two little lions, underneath a tree,
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were three.

Three little lions, who heard a distant roar,
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were four.

Four little lions, happy and alive,
called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were five.

Five little lions.
Ran off to play
And then there were no more.

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This week’s Flan­nel Fri­day host is Sarah at Miss Sarah’s Storytime. You can also find past and future roundups and lots more infor­ma­tion about Flan­nel Fri­day at the Flan­nel Fri­day web­site. For a visual round-up of all post­ings, check out Flan­nel Fri­day on Pin­ter­est.

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