Flannel Friday! 1 Elephant Went Out To Play/Un elefante se balanceaba…

3 Jun

This week I’m doing a “Big, Grey Animals” Storytime: Elephants, Rhinos, and Hippos. So many great books to choose from! I will post all of my choices later on, but for now, here’s my flannelboard for this traditional rhyme:

Hard to tell, but Elephant #1 is grey. Really.

1 Elephant went out to play

Upon a spider’s web one day

He had such enormous fun

He called another elephant to come.

(HEY, ELEPHANT!)

2 Elephants went out to play

Upon a spider’s web one day

They had such enormous fun,

They called another elephant to come…

etc.

I used a pipe cleaner for the web – it sticks really well. I’ve also used a piece of yarn, tied around the flannelboard. I decided to number my elephants to reinforce numeracy, and I did them in a variety of colors so we could, at the end, talk about them. “What color is number 3?”

Will the spider web hold them all?

Aren’t the elephants cute? I used this clipart elephant as my pattern.

When we get all 8 elephants on the spider web, I give the whole thing a shake and they fall off. Yes, I said 8: I only made 8 because why do we always have to count to 5 or 10? You can make as many as you like.

That's a lot of elephants!

This is also a traditional rhyme in Spanish; here’s the text:

Un elefante se balanceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña

Como veía que resistía,

Fue a llamar a otro elefante!

¡ELEFANTE!

Dos elefantes se balanceaban

Sobre la tela de una araña

Como veían que resistía,

Fueron a llamar otro elefante…

etc.

Here’s a video of me singing the song version, in Spanish, on the StoryBlocks website.

Check in with Miss Mollie’s Storytime Fun later today for the full Flannel Friday roundup!

10 Responses to “Flannel Friday! 1 Elephant Went Out To Play/Un elefante se balanceaba…”

  1. missmaryliberry December 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    Thanks Molly. I’m confused, though – my English translation (which is not mine, by the way – but I can’t remember where I first heard it) of “sobre la tela de una araña” IS “upon a spider’s web.” I just add “one day” to to make the rhythm work. I am fluent in Spanish and I agree that accuracy is important, so I’m not sure what you’re correcting. Please do let me know if I’m missing something! I appreciate your feedback!

  2. Molly Kat December 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    I love the English version of this, but think it should be noted that “tela de una arana” means “on a spider’s web.” Not to be super picky, but if working in a bilingual/latino community, it is important to translate things as accurately as possible. Thanks!

  3. clevinso June 4, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Thank you so much for the awesome spanish translation. I need to brush up. I’m chicken about creating my own translations. This will make it easy to grab n’ go! How I just need to get a Gujarati, Polish, and Korean.

  4. Anna Haase Krueger June 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    So funny! I used the same pattern for my elephants, but I didn’t convert mine to felt. Love how you used the paint!

  5. molliekay June 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    How cute! I’m going to have to start brushing up on my Spanish.

  6. Andrea June 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Those elephants are really cute! Great to have your video to help learn the correct Spanish pronunciation too.

  7. Katie June 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    ACK, oh my gosh! I am in LOVE with this one. I am not kidding when I say I’ve already pulled out my felt to make this (hopefully for next week)!

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