Flannel Friday: Down By the Bay

I recently re-discovered that old camp favorite, Down By the Bay. I checked out a copy of the Raffi version, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott and thought, "Don't we have a flannel of this?" We did indeed, but it was all clip art and didn't move me. I set about creating my own based on Raffi's version of the lyrics. I cut these images from paper (with help from Google image searching and OpenClipart). I also added my own verse to inspire little rhymers:
 "Did you ever see a kiwi eating seaweed?"

I look forward to using this call and response "flannel" with preschoolers, tour groups, and perhaps accompanied on the ukele by KJ at an upcoming storytime featuring 2 storytellers!

PS I need to re-work that little fly in a tie. He's a bit....unrecognizable.

6/2 UPDATE By request, here is the "template." Okay, it's a scanned copy of the finished product, but it's the best I could do after the fact. Feel free to customize or use as is for non-commercial purposes. You can also email me at l.thackeratfvrl.org for the .pdf


  1. Would you be able to share your original patterns?

  2. Very cute! I like the fly :)

  3. Thanks, Sarah! I don't have a pattern as such but I could create one. I'll see what I can come up with, Calliope.