Thursday, 23 August 2012

Piggy Wig (This Little Piggie - part two)

In my earlier post about Nursery Rhymes with pigs I was inspired by the rhyme 'Piggy Wig and Piggy Wee'. I wanted to develop the idea of using the rhyme further (whilst acknowledging that it's better suited to our older pre-school audience).

I wanted a Piggy Wig AND a Piggy Wee, so transformed my existing pig finger puppet with a jaunty wig and made another, slightly smaller, pig.

I tried to trace the origins of the rhyme (to see if I could reproduce it here in it's entirety) and came across it in an enchanting Project Gutenberg E-book written by Emile Poulsson in 1893.  As Project Gutenberg actively encourages distribution and reusing of its texts, I've reproduced the rhyme and finger play together with the book's beautiful title page.

title page
Finger plays for nursery and kindergarten by Emilie Poulsson via Project Gutenberg

On page 26 I discovered, not only is it a finger play, but also a song, complete with MP3!

The Pigs

Enchanting, don't you think?

The book is a treasure trove of rhymes and finger plays. I found some that would be very suitable for my Baby Rhymetimes and I'll feature my favourites in the coming weeks.

These little piggies, 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.  Of course, these finger puppets stick just fine to the flannel board too, and it would be a great to make a flannel gate too.

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  1. I absolutely love this! I'm not the biggest fan of fingerplays usually. (Nothing against them, I just don't think I carry them out well -- probably something I should work on.) But I really do think that this one is wonderful, and I intend to try it out someday. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I love Piggy Wig's wig!

    1. Thanks FFB! I'm not always sure about finger plays either, unless they are very simple, but I like this one, and I love the vintage book.

  2. The vintage book is wonderful! Thank you for sharing the resource!

    And I absolutely love the way the wig looks on Piggy Wig. So adorable! <3

    Another fun, informative post. Thank you for sharing more pig ideas ~ I love pigs in storytime so I hope you have more ideas for them on the future. :-)

    Enjoy your weekend!
    ~ K ~

  3. Thank you for showing us the vintage book -- it's beautiful!

    Also, I now need to go buy more pink felt to make more pig fingerpuppets! I just adored Piggy Wig's wig!


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