Flannel Friday: Tools

This week our story time theme was tools, so I borrowed a song that Meghan at Busy Crating Mommy posted a few months back.  She had a whole tool belt and a few more tools than I made, but it was a fun song.  I used clip art for the shapes of my tools and they are made from craft foam.  My version was a tad different, instead of singing that MacDonald had a toolbelt, he just had some tools.  I put one tool up at a time so the kids could name it.  We talked about its sound or action, then we sang:

Old MacDonald had some tools, E-I-E-I-O.
And with those tools he had a hammer, E-I-E-I-O.
With a bang, bang, here and a bang, bang, there.
Here a bang, there a bang, everywhere a bang, bang,
Old MacDonald had some tools, E-I-E-I-O.

We repeated with:
A saw that went see-saw
A wrench that turn-turned
A screwdriver that would twist-twist
Pliers that pinch-pinch
And a drill that went ZZZZ-ZZZZ

Songs like this are great because I can always cut them down if the kids lose interest.  Plus, since it is a tune they know, all the kids and parents sing along!

You can see my full story time here.  This week's round-up is hosted by  Library Quine at Loons and Quines @ Librarytime.  Links to past round-ups are with Anne at Sotomorrow, you can click the link to the right to see all posts on Pinterest, or you can check out the Facebook group.


  1. I agree that songs with a tune that parents and kids already know are sure-fire winners! I like the tools and the actions that you picked too.

  2. Cute idea! I will have to see if I can translate it into Spanish for our bilingual storytime later in April when we do our Handy Manny program. This will be a fun addition! Thank you for sharing it.

  3. I LOVE this! I'll plan on using it in my storytime tomorrow, which is construction themed.

  4. Hi, do you have the template for the tools. I really like time. Can you share?

  5. looking for template for the tools for this story but having difficulty. Can you post the template?

    1. Hi Steve, there is no template for this one. I generally use clip art images as the outlines for my flannel stories. You could enlarge the image I posted and use that if you want.