I think of this rhyme as the "ultimate" in participation flannelboard rhymes.
I went to the zoo and what did I see?
100 animals looking at me.
There were 10 tall giraffes eating from the trees,
10 silly monkeys scratching on their kneews.
10 sleepy snakes lying in the sun,
10 elephants munching on peanuts one by one.
10 leaping tigers performing in shows,
10 pink flamingos standing on their toes.
10 grouchy bears trying to get some sleep,
10 happy hippos in the water deep.
10 roaring lions walking two by two,
10 galloping zebras...
All living at the zoo!
To make your own, I used my Cricut Animal Kingdom cartridge and leftover cardstock that I had at home from scrapbooking. I set my cutting dial to 2 inches. You will need 10 of each animal. (I will admit that I couldn't find a flamingo to cut out. It is really a pink duck.) I used Crayola markers to add details, such as the zebra's stripes and the monkey's arms. Then I laminated the pieces and added velcro to the back.
This is a rhyme where you will have to think about the execution beforehand. Do you have enough room on your flannelboard for all 100 animals? When I do it, I either pull out our giant velcro wall from Lakeshore Learning (no longer available for purchase) or say half of the rhyme at a time and clean off the animals in between. Another possibility is to pass out 1-2 animals to each kid in your group and not worry that there are 10 of each up on the board at the end. You also have to say the rhyme a little slower than normal or you will have a traffic jam in front of the flannelboard.
This week's Flannel Friday round-up is hosted by Katie at Recipe for Reading. For more information about Flannel Friday, please check out the Flannel Friday offical blog.