I really can't take any credit for this week's Flannel Friday. But in case some of you are newer members of the group and didn't get to see this idea when Melissa posted it originally... check out her 5 Little Nails post, which links to where she explains how to make this style of prop on her blog.
I emailed her posts to one of our information assistants who's got a great eye for paper engineering (she's an origami guru too!) and asked her if she'd be willing to monkey around with this idea. I've talked a bunch about different projects I've created using cardboard I saved from the boxes our rolls of RFID tags came in, and this is no exception. The tubes used in the boxes are wider and a bit shorter than a paper towel tube, but it worked just fine.
I had the kids make a fist with one hand and pound it into the palm of the other as I twisted the nail around during the rhyme. They got really excited about that.