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.”

Apple…
Banana…
Watermelon…
Burped…

The Turnip

The pattern and words for the retelling of the Russian folktale is from Judy Sierra’s The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, second edition.

The Turnip
A Russian Folktale

Once there was an old man, so old, in fact, that his old back went crick crack, crick crack when he walked. The old man planted a turnip seed in the ground. He waited for the green leaves to sprout, first a little, then a lot, and when the old man saw how tall the leaves grew, he said, “This is no ordinary turnip! This is a great, big enormous turnip!” And he grabbed the turnip leaves down hear the ground, and he pulled mmmmmmh! and he pulled mmmmmmh! and he pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the old woman, and the old man said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The old woman said, “Let me help.” So the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the little girl, and the old woman said, “Fee, fie, for, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The little girl said, “Let me help.” So the little girl held onto the old woman, and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmmh! and they pulled mmmmmmh! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the dog, and the little girls said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The dog said, “Let me help.” So dog held onto the little girl and the little girl held onto the old woman and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came a cat, and the dog said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The cat said, “Let me help.” So the cat held onto the dog and the dog held onto the little girl and the little girl held onto the old woman and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! But the turnip wouldn’t come out.

Along came the mouse, and the cat said, “Fee, fie, foe, fout, this turnip won’t come out!” The cat said, “Let me help.”

“Ha, ha, ha!” laughed the cat. “What help can a little mouse be?”

“You never know,” said the mouse. So the mouse held onto the cat and the cat held onto the dog and the dog held onto the little girl and the little girl held onto the old woman and the old woman held onto the old man, and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmm! and they pulled mmmmmmh! and the turnip came out!

Sure enough, it really was a great, big, enormous turnip.

Vegetable Soup Song

Inspiration for this flannel board came from Flannel Board Fun. Kids love calling out the name of the vegetables as I hold them up as well has to pretend to help stir the soup pot.

Vegetable Soup Song
Start with the pot on the board.

The soup is boiling up,
The soup is boiling up,
Stir slow-around we go,
The soup is boiling up.

First we add the broth,
First we add the broth,
Stir slow-around we go,
The soup is boiling up.

Now we add some carrots,
Now we add some carrots,
Stir slow-around we go,
The soup is boiling up.

broccoli…
corn…
tomato…
pumpkin…
cucumber…
radish…