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Flannel Friday: I Have a Little...

Today's Flannel Friday is based on a rhyme that I found searching the PUBYAC archives. If you are a youth librarian (or aspire to be), you need to subscribe to this listserv. The rhyme is called "I Have a Little" and to make it you will need to cut out 4 pockets and glue them on to a foam core board. I used a pair of shorts I found at Goodwill and an old pair of my jeans. 
"I Have a Little..." Storytelling Board
You hide a key, crayon, flashlight, and clock each behind one pocket. They can be real pieces or you can use clipart. Here's the rhyme:

I Have a Little
I have a little pocket where something can hide.
It opens doors and starts the car. 
Do you know what's inside? (key)

I have a little pocket where something can hide. 
It's used to draw in a coloring book. 
Do you know what's inside? (crayon)

I have a little pocket where something can hide.
It shows you when it's time for bed. 
Do you know what's inside? (clock)

I have a little pocket where something can hide. 
It lights up a dark room. 
Do you know what's inside? (flashlight). 

We looked in all the pockets.
There's nothing left inside. 

Let's do this another time and see what else we can find!  

The great thing about this rhyme is that it is endlessly adaptable. You only have to change the middle line!


  1. ACK! I've been searching for a session-long activity that I can change up and I think I just found it! Thank you -- it's wonderful!

  2. Great! Great idea.... guessing games are my favorite thing in story times. It's so great for developing vocabulary!

  3. I bought a toddler-size pair of jeans from Goodwill to do an activity like this. I plan on sewing some additional pockets on the legs. I was brainstorming an activity to use the jeans for and am so glad you shared this!


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