Herman the Worm

I’ve never made a Herman piece to go with this rhyme as I have preferred imagination and my hands to show his size. You certainly could make your own Herman if you wanted to.

Each time you cycle through the rhyme shows Herman’s size with your finger. Start small and get larger. After he burps, he is tiny again.

I was sittin’ on my fencepost,
chewing my bugglegum chew gum loudly
Playin’ with my yo-yo! pretend to yo-yo
When along came Herman the worm.
And he was this big. show his size with fingers
And I said, “Herman? What happened?”
“I ate a grape.”


I Lost My Hammer

For this flannel board I made the tool boxes out of a front and back piece so that the hammer can be hidden inside. I thought it would be more fun to peek inside to see if the hammer is there rather than just looking behind it. This flannel board has been done by many people and I borrowed my wording from Roving Fiddle Head.

I Lost My Hammer

Place all toolboxes on the flannelboard. Hide the hammer under one of them.

“I built so many toolboxes that I cannot remember in which one I put my favorite hammer. Can you help me find my missing hammer? In what toolbox should we look first?”

After a color is chosen, say the following phrase before removing that color toolbox.

I need my hammer lots and lots. Is it hiding in the (say colour) toolbox?

Repeat until the hammer is found.

African Animals-Babies


Safari Animals by Simms Taback
Snip Snap Pop-Up Fun by Jonathan Litton

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Monkeys and the Crocodile
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree, hold up five fingers
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me!” Thumbs in ears, waving fingers
Along came Mr. Crocodile, silently hands, palms together, weaving back and forth
And snap! clap hands once together

Monkey See-Monkey Do
Oh, when you clap, clap, clap your hands clap
The monkey clap, clap, claps his hands
Monkey see, monkey do.
The monkey does the same as you

stamp feet… stamp or wave feet
jump high… jump or bounce
make a funny face… raise eyebrows and stick tongue out
turn yourself about… twist side to side


The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Suzi Shelton
When the music is quiet we rock the babies back and forth and when the lions wake up we bounce the babies.