Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2008, 9:27 am

(Length: 3 min, 9 sec)

Watch a librarian bring this traditional song to life by combining two things children love: playing with flannel boards and making animal noises!

Children love to play with flannel boards both with adults and by themselves. Using a flannel board with your child is a wonderful way to help him or her learn, and allowing a child to play by him or herself with a board and a variety of felt pieces encourages inventive story play. And it helps develop early literacy skills!

Kids love this traditional song (sung in this video by librarian Kelsey Coulter) because they can make the sounds for a variety of farm animals. If you create your own flannel board, you can start with Old MacDonald Had a Farm and then introduce more animals by changing it to Old MacDonald Had a Zoo. If you would like to learn how to make a flannel board for your child to use, check out the books listed above.

Periodically, the library has flannel-making workshops for parents and caregivers. Check the library's calendar of events to see when the next one is being held.

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