I cannot take credit for this imaginative “flannel” story (it’s actually made from foam). This story has been in my library’s basement for years, and some other children’s librarian created it (I wish I could give credit). I use this every spring and children (and adults) of all ages enjoy this telling. I actually had a parent groan when I announced that I was going to read the classic story in the beginning of storytime. She said that she’s heard the story a million times over the years with her five children. After storytime, she came up to me and apologized and said that my telling of the story was enthralling! So you can dazzle your audience, too! You’ll just need lots of foam, glue, a dark brown knee high, and googly eyes (or black and white felt).
I begin reading the story and I introduce my “friend” (my pantyhose arm). Sometimes the children like to name him, so I go with whatever suggestion they like.
I pass out all the pieces (there are a lot, so I use them with field trips and outreach) to the children. I ask them to come up to me and put their piece on my friend when it’s their turn.
Near the end of the story, I show the children the beautiful, colorful caterpillar.
Unless I need the extra piece for a child, I keep the butterfly piece with me and add it on at the end of the story.
Here are all the pieces you can make from the story. Cut a hole in the middle of each shape to fit your arm. There are 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, and 5 oranges, and 1 of each object: