Flannel Friday: Clickety-Clack!

This flannelboard has been a labor of love. I started working on this in August, during some downtime. After doing one car just plain out of felt, I decided I really wanted to re-learn how to embroider. So, this became my guinea pig. My goal was to have it finished by the new year!

I got this template from KizClub and it’s the pattern for “Freight Train.” I added most, but not all, of the details to the cars. Since I did so much sewing, I wound up backing each piece with a piece of black felt so that the knots were glued down and hidden away if/when the preschoolers handle this one.

While you can substitute these pieces for the book, I wanted to use them as a rhyme and Melissa gave me the perfect opportunity when she posted her rhyme “Clickety Clack.”

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
Here comes the train on the railroad track!
Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.
Clickety-clew, clickety-clew,
Here comes COAL CAR number two.
Clickety-clee, clickety-clee,
Here comes BOX CAR number three.
Clickety-clore, clickety-clore,
Here comes TANK CAR number four.
Clickety-clive, clickety-clive,
Here comes COACH CAR number five.
Clickety-clicks, clickety-clicks,
Here’s the CABOOSE, that’s number six.
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
There goes the train on the railroad track!
Choo-choooooooo! Goodbye!

And I also found another rhyme that doesn’t use all the cars, but still works on SurLaLune Storytime:

Flannel Board
This Little Train
(Sung to: “This Old Man”)

This little train, painted black
It comes chugging down the track
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car painted blue
It has seats for me and you
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car painted yellow
It shimmies and shakes like a bowl of jello
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car, painted green
It’s the fanciest car you’ve seen,
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This caboose; it is red
It will take you home to bed
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

So there you go — multiple options to use the same pieces for any trains/things that go storytime!

Linda is hosting this week’s Flannel Friday — you can find the round-up at her blog! Melissa is the founder of Flannel Friday! Anne has the archive and schedule of who is hosting Flannel Friday.

And you can also follow the Flannel Friday Pinterest account. And Flannel Friday has its own Facebook page! If you participate in Flannel Friday, Melissa has a button if you want to link up to us here.

28 comments on “Flannel Friday: Clickety-Clack!

  1. K
    March 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    These are GORGEOUS! You must be so proud of what you accomplished!

    Would you make me a set? 😉 LOL!

    It has been so long since I embroidered or cross-stitched anything that I’m not sure I remember how. :-/ Maybe a project like this would get me back in the stitch of things…

    I love both songs! What wonderful additions to a transportation storytime or even to a color storytime. Thank you!

    • Katie
      March 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      You should pick up a needle again. I was surprised at how quickly it came back. (I did cross-stitch as a kid.) We had a lot of fun with this set this week in train storytime!

  2. Anne (@sotomorrow)
    March 10, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Katie, you make the most beautiful flannels ever. I love how much care and work you put into them. It’s obvious you have a lot of passion for your job! Very inspiring to the rest of us. 🙂

    • Katie
      March 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Thanks, Anne. 😀

  3. jane
    March 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Katie, your train is absolutely beautiful. Bravo!

    • Katie
      March 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Thank you!

  4. 1234 More Storytimes
    March 16, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Wow, this is fantastic! Great job, and you’ll be able to use it for so many things.

    • Katie
      March 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Thank you! It is a very versatile set.

  5. Jodie Vernham
    February 23, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Great flannel and song. Thanks. I find that using flannel makes circle so much more interesting.


  6. thelibraryann
    February 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    wonderful! just what i needed and just in time!

    • Katie
      February 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      I’m glad to hear that! Enjoy!

  7. Bobbie Hall
    August 20, 2021 at 11:38 am #

    There are so many children in our library that go crazy for trains! This theme is a must! I am having trouble accessing the pattern. Is there another place to find it? Thank you.

    • Katie
      September 15, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

      I’m sorry, Bobbie, the link is still working for me. It’s a PDF file.

      • Bobbie Hall
        October 20, 2021 at 11:04 am #

        Thank you Katie, I was able to follow the link for Melissa’s pattern, but I could not follow the KidzClub link. It just took me to an error page. No worries. Thank you for being you! I could not, would not have made it through my first two years of this job without you.


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