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Alice the Camel

One of my favorite interactive songs to perform with kids is "Alice the Camel," also known as "Sally the Camel," but, Alice is the correct name. I like to check YouTube to see if songs I am unfamiliar with have a video there, so if you haven't heard this one before, give that a try.  I have everyone shake their hips on the last line of the verse.

Alice the Camel
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
So go, Alice, go!
Boom, boom, boom, boom! 

(Remove a hump. Repeat the song as you count 4, 3, 2, and 1 humps) and then:

Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Cause Alice is a horse!

You can make a felt/flannel board story for this song by using these body and hump patterns, courtesy of the Texas State Library. Since the pieces don't overlap, a magnet board would work too. Originally I made this out of camel-colored felt, but that version appears to have gone on safari somewhere without telling me, so I remade it quickly by printing the patterns directly on milk filters.


  1. I love this idea! Thanks for posting. :)

  2. Ooooh! Your Alice is sooo fun! And I love the idea that you have everyone get up and shake their hips. :-) Anything to get the little ones up and moving is tops in my book!

    Thanks for sharing the patterns. Makes it easier to recreate a set.

  3. oh my gosh that is the best flannel ever!!!

  4. Off to find the tune! I love singing and flannel mixed together.

  5. Thanks, ladies! I am a big fan of using camp songs at storytime, especially when we have older kids in the audience (which happens a lot during our summer storytimes in particular).

  6. Alice the Camel is definitely a song I'll have to look up, but it sounds like a silly one and we all know how storytime loves silly! :D And if I saw a camel like that lying around our office, I might abduct it, too. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  7. I have a similar Alice the Camel in my flannel stories, but I like how you've added her name to her humps. Thanks for sharing.


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