Category Archives: Flannel Friday

The Napping House

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This coming week’s storytime is going to be all about the letter “H”.  I made a flannel to share based on the book The Napping House by Audrey Wood.  I got the template off of Kizclub.com.  If you have not yet familiar with that site, go check it out!  You can print off templates in black and white or color.  Either print and laminate the pieces or use the shapes to create the story in flannel.

The Napping House is a funny and cumulative tale similar to the rhyme “This Is the House That Jack Built”.  A Granny, a child, a dog, cat, and mouse are sleeping until…a flea wakes everyone up!

To create the flannel I glued the “sleeping” pieces on one side and the “awake” pieces on the other.  As I tell the story I plan on putting the sleeping pieces up one at a time.  As the characters wake up all I have to do is flip the pieces over and Surprise!  I am hoping for at least a few laughs!

At first everyone is sleeping…

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The flea wakes up the mouse, who wakes up the cat, who wakes up the dog, who wakes up the child, who wakes up Granny!

 

 

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Here are a couple of pictures of the two sides of the flannel pieces.

 

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Flannel Friday Round-Up June 8th

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“Storytime is NOT for sitting quietly.  It’s for bringing stories to life in a whole new way.”

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This is a  quote from  Hallmark!  Thank you to Anne (sotomorrowblog.com) for sharing that one!
I think this quote represents how all of us Flannel Friday folks feel about storytime.  What a fun job we have! ! I am so excited to be hosting this week and am looking forward to seeing all the ways we bring stories to life…I was initially nervous to host Flannel Friday, but I honestly had a lot of fun.  It gave me an opportunity to really explore these great blogs/websites though at some point I had to reign myself in so I could get the round-up done!  Have fun enjoying some great ideas, these librarians are truly awesome!

Without further ado I present…

Kelly from “Welcome to Storytime”  blasts off with Five Little Rockets that are ready to zoom, zoom, zoom!   This is a great flannelboard and action rhyme that works well for an Outer Space theme and fits right in with Summer Reading 2012.

flowerLisa from  “Libraryland” brings us the ultimate in participation flannelboard board rhymes as she shares 100 Animals–yes, I did say 100 animals and there actually are 100!  Lisa gives some great ideas on how to easily create this flannel as well as some suggestions on the execution of the rhyme.  I can definitely picture the kids amazed at this one–they are fascinated by the number 100.

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Library Quine  from “Loons and Quines at Librarytime” has created a Robot and Shapes Flannel basedon the book “Robot, Zombie, Frankenstein”.  This is a great interactive flannel and also really gets the kids talking about shapes and colors!  Not familiar with the book?  Check out the trailer Library Quine has linked up at her site!

Sarah from “Read It Again” has made some seriously fantastic Flannel Food!  I am not kidding when I say her flannel s’more looks good enough to eat! Visit her post to learn more about the resource book she used called Big Little Felt Universe by Jeanette Lim.   P.S. Sara is hosting Flannel Friday next week 🙂


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shares Baby’s Flannel Friday Book, a gift given  in honor of her “Very Special Delivery”–her baby is literally due any day!  Each page of this beautiful flannel book was handcrafted by a member/contributor of the Flannel Friday group–specifically  MelissaLQSharonTraceyKatieMollieAndreaCateMaryLiz,LindaKatie, and Anna.  I am amazed not only at the talent shown in those pages, but at the kindness, thought and consideration that went into this book.

ScooterAndrea at “Rovingfiddlehead Kidlit” has brought Charlie the Centipede to life !  Charlie wants a hat and ends up getting a lot of suggestions from his many insect friends.  Check out this post to see Charlie’s final hat selection!   I can definitely see myself using this one for a Bugs theme or even a Clothes/Getting Dressed theme.

Lucy from “In the Children’s Room” has flannelized Lauren Thompson’s  Mouse’s First Summer.  I love these books as the kids can relate to Little Mouse and Minka and how they see the world.  Seeing summer through their eyes in Lucy’s flannelized version will make you appreciate summer even more.  And, WOW, she even made flannel fireworks!

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Linda from “Notes from the Story Room” presents Aliens at Bedtime!  If you are participating in the “Dream Big…Read” Summer Reading 2012 program, this flannel would be a great addition.  It also is an excellent addition to an Outer Space theme.  And, FYI, this fantastic rhyme was written by Linda herself!

Alex“Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime” brings us You’re Face Will Surely Show Itbased on the song by Jim Gill.  Who doesn’t love Jim Gill?!  And, now through Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime we have a way to flannelize (or create as a magnetic board as she did)  this great little tune.  You will love the faces she chose–they are pretty funny and will surely make the kids laugh!

 

 Katie of “Storytime Katie” has shared…not one, but TWO Pirate-Themed Flannelboards !  And, the first includes a link to a template which is so incredibly helpful.  The second flannel is just as cute and easy as Katie suggests using Microsoft clip-art.  Can’t wait to see the pirate-themed storytime plan, Katie as I am sure it will be a hit with the kids!

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“Miss Mary Liberry” (ya gotta love her blog name) shares a cute bunny tale Conejito (story retold by Margaret Read MacDonald) that is based on a folktale from Panama.  Her bunnies are awesome (especially Mommy Bunny with her glasses :)).

crayons“The Voices Inside My Headphones” brings us a Pigeon Craft featuring our favorite Pigeon from the books by Mo Willems.  Included is a link to the Pigeon coloring sheet template!

Cate from “Storytiming” shares her flannelized Where’s My Teddy? based on the book by Jez Alborough.  Share in her memories as this was the first flannelboard Cate made, way back in “library school”!  I think the kids would get a kick out of this one.

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Maureen from “StrongStart” shows her inventive side as she creates Gail the Snail!  The best part about this post is that you get to actually watch Maureen tell the story as she has included a video of herself performing!

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Mollie of “What Happens In Storytime” shares some valuable information about some possible changes to the Flannel Friday Pinterest page.  Amy and Mollie are experimenting with the FF Pinterest boards in order to make the page more detailed and help make it more user friendly.  Please visit “What Happens In Storytime”  to give feedback!

paletteAnd, I have decided to share a song/flannelboard G-R-E-E-N (a version of B-I-N-G-O) we sang this week during our Art-themed storytime.  Check out the post to see Mr. Mouse dressed up as an artist!

Thank you for visiting this Flannel Friday Round-Up!  View previous and future round-ups at the new Flannel Friday website.  This website also contains information on how to get involved more involved with Flannel Friday.  For quick ideas check out the visual round-up of ALL postings at the Flannel Friday Pinterest page.  Sarah at Read It Again! is hosting next week.

Green is its name-o

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Mr. Mouse came to our Art-themed storytime and he brought a beautiful green “Mouse-terpiece” to show us!

He loves the color Green and wanted to sing a song about it so first we put up the letters to spell Green on the board and then we sang…

G-R-E-E-N
Sing to the tune of B-I-N-G-O
I have a favorite color you see
And Green is its name-o.
G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N
And, Green is its name-o. 

This was actually a last minute activity that I put together and it was very easy!  I used some of my bulletin board letters and put velcro on the back.  I cut out five handprints and put velcro on the back as well.  This song went over very well!  I am actually planning on using a version of it this week (D-A-D-D-Y) for Father’s Day!

I adapted this idea from What Happens In Storytime who created a BINGO song version for Mother’s Day.

Flannel Friday Round-Up Placeholder for June 8th!

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“Storytime is NOT for sitting quietly.  It’s for bringing stories to life in a whole new way.”  This is a  quote from  Hallmark!  Thank you to Anne (sotomorrowblog.com) for sharing that one!

I think this quote represents how all of us Flannel Friday folks feel about storytime.  What a fun job we have! ! I am so excited to be hosting this week and am looking forward to seeing all the ways we bring stories to life…Please post a comment and I will add you on to the round-up.  If you have any challenges or questions, please email me at recipe4reading@gmail.com.

UPDATE!!!!

The Round-Up is now live!  Please see https://thestorytimelady.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/flannel-friday-round-up-june-8th-2/ for the full posting!

Five Little Ducks

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Remember this rhyme?  It is an oldie but a goodie!

 

Five little ducks went out to play (hold up five fingers)
Over the hills and far away (move hands up and down)
Mother Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack” (open and shut hand)
But, only four little ducks came back. (hold up four fingers)


Continue until no ducks are left on the board and then sing

No little ducks went out to play (hold up fist, no fingers up)
Over the hills and far away (move hands up and down)
Mother Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack” (open and shut hand while  saying “quack, quack, quack, quack”)
And…ALL the little ducks came running back! (hold up five fingers)

 

This rhyme/song is always a hit with the kids.  It is also very versatile.  You could change the animals and animal sounds to just about anything!  I changed the rhyme for my dinosaurs theme a few months ago and the really enjoyed that one as well.  Check the my Five Little Dinosaurs post for the rhyme!

I found my template in the book Big Book of Patterns by Cindy Daoust and Diane Badden.  I have mentioned this book before as being one to find and own.  It is fantastic!  I made my ducks out of yellow construction paper glued onto leftover cardstock.  The rest of the duck was colored in with orange marker.  

Five Little Pigs Rolling In the Mud!

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I found a cute piggy rhyme on www.everythingpreschool.com and added some movement to it to make it an action rhyme!  I made a few little pigs to go along with the action rhyme.  My pig pattern came from the Big Book of Patterns by Cindy Daoust and Dianne Badden.  I printed out the pig template on pink construction paper and colored them with brown crayon to make them look like they were rolling in the mud!  Check out my piggy storytime theme for more ideas!

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Five little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 5 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Four little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 4 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Three little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 3 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Two little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 2 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

One little pig rolled in the mud (hold up 1 finger, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

No little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 0 fingers, roll hands)
They all looked nice and clean
The farmer turned his back and what do you know!
All those little pigs jumped back in the mud! (put pigs back in the mud)
source: http://www.everythingpreschool.com/lessonplans/farmanimals/songs/song3.htm

The kids enjoyed this, especially the squish squash part!  There were lots of “ewww’s”!  I put on a farmer hat just to add a little fun as I pulled the piggies out of the “mud”.

The Three Little Pigs

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I find the best story board templates on www.kizclub.com!  I printed the black and white pattern on different colored paper–I enhanced the pigs and the wolf with marker.  The pieces were glued on cardstock and a piece of velcro was placed on the back.  The story pattern is also available in color.  Check out my piggy storytime theme for more ideas!

B&W pattern:  http://kizclub.com/storypatterns/folktales/threepigs.pdf
Color pattern:  http://kizclub.com/storypatterns/folktales/threepigs(C).pdf

Mary’s Little Lamb

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Spring is here!  This season always makes me think of baby animals, especially lambs.  I am holding a Lamb themed story time next week and wanted to share a flannel board/puppet show I created that can be used in a few different ways!

 

Mary has lost her little lamb and needs our help to find it.  In order to find her lamb we need to sing!  Out comes a lamb and we sing…

Mary had a little purple lamb, little purple lamb, little purple lamb
Mary had a little purple lamb, whose fleece was purple as…grapes! 

 

But, of course, that is not the lamb Mary is looking for.  Out comes another lamb that we think may be the right one so we sing again:

Mary had a little pink lamb, little pink lamb, little pink lamb
Mary had a little pink lamb, whose fleece was pink as…bubblegum

 

We continue singing for each different colored lamb until we find the right one whose fleece was white as snow.

The perfect lamb template can be found at Making Learning Fun (great website for flannel board ideas and patterns).  That website also shares another rhyme you can use with your lambs.
I created my lambs out of foam to make them more durable–to be used in the puppet theater I have to attach them to sticks/dowels.  I also put velcro pieces on the back so that they may be used on the flannel board if I ever need them later on.  Multi-purpose lambs!

 

Cate at Storytiming is hosting Flannel Friday this week.  For more great ideas check out the archive from Anne at So Tomorrow.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!

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I am working on creating and performing more puppet shows in my story times.  The kids love puppets and it is a great way to really bring a book to life.  This week we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, rainbows and all things green!  I came across There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro and just knew I had to bring it to the puppet theater.

All of my pieces and characters (including Mr. Mouse dressed up as a leprechaun)!

Similar to the old tale of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly–in this version the Old Lady starts by swallowing  a clover…Then she swallows a daisy, butterfly, bird (ewww!), a pot and some gold.
Well, we find out that she swallowed the gold to fill up the pot and she had to swallow the pot in order to carry the bird. She swallowed the bird in order to fly with the butterfly and she swallowed the butterfly to sit on the daisy.  She had to swallow the daisy to make the clover brighter.  Then that crazy Old Lady swallows a fiddle!  Then the Old Lady starts to dance and a little leprechaun (Mr. Mouse!) joins in the fun.

Those two had so much fun, and she giggled so much that out pops a rainbow!

 

Fun story and great puppet show!  Thankfully Sallie, our great volunteer, loves puppets as much as I do so she was happy to help out with the show.  I told the story and talked to the Old Lady as I fed her the interesting food choices.  At the end I opened the book up and read the part where it explains why she ate those certain things in that sequence.  And, then as I was reading the ending the Old Lady went back into the theater and when she came out, she had her rainbow!
Read this book and enjoy!

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

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Remember this song?  It is one of my favorites so I made it into a flannel board for our Leap Day story time!

Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum, Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were____
Green speckled frogs! 

We had a lot of fun singing this one!  I made my frogs out of paper and put velcro pieces on the back.  My flannel board background is blue so that made the perfect “water” for the frogs to jump down into.  I jumped them below the log and into the water.  If your flannel board is a different color, you could create a pond out of blue paper, etc. for the frogs to leap into!
I made my frog from a coloring page/template I found at http://www.animal-coloring-pages.com/.  They have great coloring pages!!
The specific one I used is:  http://www.animal-coloring-pages.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/frog-coloring-pages.gif.