Thursday, 16 August 2012

Flannel Friday - This Little Piggie

Nursery rhymes are an essential ingredient for Baby Rhymetimes.  As I have a newly minted set of farm animals and a new block of sessions to plan, the time is ripe to revisit my Nursery Rhyme treasury and see what I can dig up for this wee porcine.

Pig from the Farm Set Floral Blossom’s Etsy pattern

The obvious rhyme to use with this puppet is This Little Piggie which I've just discovered was first published in 1728!

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went...
"Wee wee wee" all the way home...

Obviously five pig puppets would be better still. Here's a quick set made from card and construction paper using the same pattern.

To Market, To Market To Buy A Fat Pig.

To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

[When I looked it up I was surprised to see that there are two further verses.]

Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

Tom, Tom, the piper's son.
Stole a pig and away did run;
The pig was eat, and Tom was beat,
Till he came crying down the street.

[Hmm, not sure that one would be considered suitable these days.]

You'll find all these pig nursery rhymes, with many more, on Rick Walton's website. 

I may also use this fun finger play with the older group. I've reproduced the first verse only here. A PDF of the entire rhyme can be downloaded from Artfelt where you can view a video of the whole thing.

Piggy Wig and Piggy Wee

Piggy Wig (thumb) and Piggy Wee (other thumb)
Hungry pigs as pigs could be.
For their dinner had to wait,
Down behind the garden gate. (Gate made of fingers)
Piggy Wig and Piggy Wee (wiggle thumbs)
Climbed the barnyard gate to see. (thumbs through fingers)

If you have some other favourite Pig themed nursery rhymes, please share - add the rhyme or a link in the comments form below.

This little piggie, like the other farm animals from the set, was made from a pattern recommended by Storytime Katie from a pattern purchased from Floral Blossom’s Etsy shop. The conditions of use are quite restrictive, so I can't share the pattern, although if you check out the selection you might be tempted to buy some patterns for yourself! 

In my earlier post Using finger puppets in baby rhymetimes I mentioned safety concerns. Parts that were previously glued are now glued and stitched, and I've removed the bead eyes, and replaced them with pearl drop paint (a more sophisticated version of puffy paint).

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  1. Love those finger puppets! You and Katie make sewing look so easy! I bought the forest animals pattern a few months ago but have yet to put it together. Hopefully they turn out just as lovely as your set!

    As for pig rhymes, you've named the ones that I can think of off of the top of my head. There's also Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean. I think it works better as a flannelboard, but could technically be used as a finger puppet rhyme.

  2. Thanks FFB! I'm not great at sewing, but my sewing's better when I use my husbands reading glasses! I found the sewing quite therapeutic (and addictive)!

    1. I totally agree with you, LQ. Sewing is therapeutic for me too and totally addictive!

      Your farm puppets are too cute! I think my favorite is the pig. I have loved him since you posted him on FB awhile back, <3

      I hope you will link this post to the Finger Puppet Blog Hop. Such great information!

      Take care!
      ~ K ~

  3. Thanks K,
    I'm glad you like the pig. For my self, I can't decide if the pig or the cow is my favourite. I've now finished the set of dogs which I'll feature in a later post. BTW, I've added this post to your Finger Puppet Blog Hop.

  4. Those patterns ARE amazing! I love the forest animals sets for my storytime and the pooh set just for my girls! I love all your "old school" nursery rhymes, too. Fun to return to the basics sometimes. There is a reason they have lasted this long! :o)

    1. The sets are great, aren't they? I wasn't going to buy any more, but I think I'll end up getting at least the forest set. I've enjoyed revisiting the nursery rhymes too. It's amazing that some of them have been around so long.

  5. Nice post...very good song for kids...loved to read this...This Little Piggy


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