Flannel Friday: 5 Little Nails

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.

Five little nails standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!

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.

Bam! Bam! Bam! That nail goes down.
Now there's just four nails to pound.

All in all, I think I could have recited the rhyme over and over for about 10 minutes. They were very excited about this. The success has convinced me to ask my info assistant to make the Five Green Frogs prop also. Thanks for sharing this unique style of prop, Melissa!

This week's round up is hosted by Katie at Storytime Katie. We're in the process of building a map of Flannel Friday bloggers AND readers to unveil during our 2nd Anniversary in March. Whether this is your first week or your fiftieth-- we welcome you to participate! As always, check the Flannel Friday website, Facebook, and Pinterest accounts for more information and past Flannel Friday creations.



  1. Amy, this is so cute!! Thanks for sharing. I'm making this up tomorrow!!

  2. This turned out really well. Now I'm think that snack tubs would work too (e.g. Pringles)?

    1. Cans like Pringles ones would work well LQ! And you could store associated material inside the can! (Can you tell I have minimal storage space at work?)


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