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Flannel Friday – Mommy Carry Me Please

This week my theme was baby animals.  We read several books about baby animals and danced to the song “Mama Don’t Allow” on the Wiggle Worms Love You CD.

The feltboard story I used with this theme was Mommy Carry Me Pleaseby Jane Cabrera.I love her books and they really lend themselves well to be turned into felt boards.  I passed out the babies to the chidlren at storytime, if there is a large group you could pass out mommies too.  I ask them to pay special attention to how the mommy animal carries her baby and to place the baby correctly on the mommy on the board.  Afterwards we talk about how the storytime kids can be carried by their parents.  Would they want to be carried in their mom or dad’s mouth like a crocodile or in their pocket like the kangaroo?  We also talk about the ways people carry their kids that are the same as animals, like the koala who caries her baby on her back.

Find the rest of the Flannel Friday Roundup at Cate’s blog Storytiming.

Flannel Friday – Splash!

I’m ready for summer and bathing suits and water and sun. So this week I want to share a fun story called Splash! by Ann Jonas about a litle girl who has a pond in her backyard and all the animals that come and go (some not by choice!) into the pond.  It’s a fun counting story as well.  With my younger kids I just had them make louder and quiter “Splash!” sounds depending on the size of the animal that goes (or falls) into the pond.  With the older crowd you can have them also answer the repeating question on each page, “How many are in my pond?”  For the really astute listeners, you can also ask them to watch for which animal goes into the pond and stays there (besides the fish) all the rest of the animals come and go during the course of the book.  It’s a very busy pond :)  You can also ask them which animal, that is shown in the book, never goes into the pond.

You can find the rest of the Flannel Friday roundup  at Notes from the Story Room.


Miss Meghan’s Craft Corner ~ Growing Flower

In this month’s edition of our library magazine we are beginning a fun new series where families with young children can find a simple and yummy recipe and a fun and easy related craft both of which will usually reflect the seasons.  So here is the first round of ‘Baking with Miss Lucy’ and ‘Miss Meghan’s Craft Corner’

For the March/April Magazine, Miss Lucy and I decided to feature a snack and craft for spring.   In the magazine, Lucy shared a recipe for making yummy dirt cups complete with worms!  And I am sharing a cute growing flower craft.

Growing Flower Craft

Materials needed:
Popsicle stick, paper or styrofoam cup, paper, glue
Optional: markers stickers, etc.

  1.  Ask an adult to make a small slit in the bottom of your cup, just large enough to fit the popsicle stick through.
  2. Cut out your flower and leaves using the provided pattern.

3.  Glue the flower and leaves to the popsicle stick and insert the stick through the bottom of the upside down cup.

4.  Reach your hand in from underneath (the opening of the cup) to raise and lower the flower so it looks as if it’s growing.

If you’d like you can color the popsicle stick ahead of time with a marker
Decorate the cup with markers, crayons, and stickers for a fun spring look!
Use pretty sheets of scrapbook paper for fun patterns on your leaves or flower.

Pattern for flower

cut two leaves and one flower.

Flannel Friday ~ Dog’s Noisy Day

This week for Flannel Friday I have a feltboard version of Emma Dodd’s book Dog’s Noisy Day.  I love the Dog books, and have also made a version of Dog’s Colorful Day as well. :)

I did a farm themed storytime this week, but this book is also great for storytimes about sounds, or dogs, or the 5 senses (hearing).

Katie will be hosting the round up this week at storytimekatie.com

Flannel Friday Roundup – 2/24/12

This week’s Flannel Friday Roundup (it’s a BIG one) features some really great contributions.  We have a lot of ideas for Dr. Seuss programs, and some great ideas to get us ready for spring and changing weather.  There are also some great ideas for non felty story ideas and props so make sure to check out all the wonderful ideas!

If you don’t see your Flannel Friday here, please let me know :)

I’ll pin all the board ideas to Pinterest later tonight (after the girls’ bedtime-it’s crazy here right now!)

First up, Lisa at lisaslibraryland has a really cute version of Bark George by Jules Feiffer (one of my favorite stories!!).  I love how you can actually reach into George’s mouth to pull out each of the animals he has swallowed.  So fun!

Stop by Tara’s blog Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends to read about her “Wiggle Worms” storytime with some great ideas for active storytime goers.  She shares a cute flannel verson of “This Little Piggie” where the pigs enjoy some tasty and healthy pretend food snacks.

Linda’s blog Notes From the Storytime Room gets us ready for spring (YAY!) with some cheerful puppets, and instructions on adding movments, to go with the poem “In springtime.”

Next up, Sarah from Read it Again! gets personal by asking the question “What color is your underwear?” with a really cute flannel board to match the book with adorable undies on the animals.

Sarah from Read, Sarah, Read! joins us for the first time (Yay! welcome) with a cool clothespin version of Let’s play in the forest while the wolf is not around by Claudie Rueda.  This is so cute, I love the mini clothespins that hold up his clothes :)

Katie from Recipe for Reading puts a clever dinosaur spin on the familiar song “Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play.”  I especially love the part where ‘Mama dinosaur said “roar, roar, roar”’ – really cute!

Erin has a cute Max doll with a huge pocket she added filled with all the items he “cleans up” from his room in the story Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells.  I’ve always loved the Max books, and this is such a cute idea!  Head over to her blog LibErin to see her story idea.

Melissa at Tickle the Clouds, shares her version of Stone Soup-the onion is especially cute :) .  And while the weather may not be cooperating where she lives, it’s yucky and rainy here today and a bowl of soup sounds wonderful!

At Mary’s blog Miss Mary Liberry you will find a really cute rendition of “See You Later Alligator” I love how she wrote the words with puffy paint on felt and then lined up the animals next to their rhyming line.  Great idea for print awareness!  The animals are really cute too :)

At Storytime ABC’s Kay gets us ready for Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, with a great feltboard to match his book My Many Colored Days about colors as well as a Seuss book giveaway(!) Head over to her blog to find out how you can win a Dr. Seuss Book YAY!

Bridget at What is Bridget Reading? shares a felt board to reflect February being National Children’s Dental Health Month with really cute little crocheted teeth to match a poem “5 Little Teeth.”

At her blog, Miss Alison is Blogging! Alison shares another great idea for Dr. Seuss’s upcoming birthday celebration.  She made a cute Yottle in a Bottle prop to go use while reading There’s a Wocket in My Pocket.

Library Quine uses Stop and Go signs to use with the poem “I have a Little Bicycle” she also made signs for the storytime kids to hold up during storytime activities. Read more about her fun ideas at Loons and Quines.

Lucy shares a folder story to go with the book A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni on her blog In the Children’s Room. I love her ideas for how to change the chameleon’s color!  Really cool. :)

Melissa, from Mel’s Desk, shares another great Dr. Seuss idea.  She made some really cute eggs with different colored yolks to use with the book Green Eggs and Ham.  I love the poems she shared to use with the eggs, so clever!

Katie from Storytime Katie has a feltboard to use with the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw to use for an Imagination storytime.  She had the kids guess which shapes each of the felt pieces represented as she placed them on the board.  This story is always a favorite of mine too!

Andrea at Roving Fiddlehead Kid Lit shares a fun spaceship themed felt board today.  She shares her helpful spaceship pattern and the poem she adapted “Four Little Rockets” on her blog as well as information on a cute pin the space ship on the planet game.

Kari Annat My Storytime Life shares the first part of a really cute frog counting felt board. “Hippity Hop!” tune in next week to find out who is over the wall behind the frogs.

Jane at Piper Loves the Library has made up a fun version of “BINGO” in honor of her library puppet dog mascot Piper. The little felt girl is really cute :)

Mollie Kay from What Happens in Storytime shares a fun version of the song “I Went to the Pet Store” that is a great resource to teach rhyming words at storytime.

On her blog Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime, Nicole shares a really cool looking magnet board story based on the book Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. I’m not familiar with this story but now I really want to check it out!!

Clevinso shares the poem “I Went to the Lake” on her blog Storytiming.  This is a cute idea for spring as well, kids choose from an animal in a ‘pond’ as the song is sung.

Tracey has another underpants themed flannel on her blog 1234 More Storytimes.  For this felt board, dinosaurs are looking for underpants that match the way they look.  Super cute :)

Ha ha I forgot to add my own!  Busy Crafting Mommy shares a feltboard version of Forest Tracks by Dee Dee Duffy.  This animal guessing games asks children to try to identify animals by their footprints and the sounds made in the story.

Forest Tracks Felt board

Don’t forget to stop back by later tonight for the full Flannel Friday Roundup :)

For this week’s Flannel Friday I wanted to share a really cute storyt that I made into a felt board.  It’s a book called Forest Tracks by Dee Dee Duffy

It’s a guessing story where you see foot prints of an animal and hear a sound associated in some way with the animal.  For isntance large foot prints and a growling sound and the kids can guess bear.  Some of them you might need to give some additional hints, like for the racoon where the sound is a splashing as he fishes in the water for food.

I made mine a snowy winter background instead of grassy, although we don’t have any snow anyhow, oh well.  So for each page, I put the animal prints on the board and once the kids guessed the animal I put up it’s felt board image.

Groundhog Day Feltboard and Cute Craft

I meant to post this last week, and had my blog all written and ready to go, but the day completely got away from me!  So here it is now. I’m also excited to announce that next week I will be hosting Flannel Friday for the first time!

I should have posted this sooner, but the feltboards really didn’t come together until the end.  But here is my groundhog program at little late :)

5 Little Groundhogs

The first little groundhog crept out of his lair (creep fingers)
The second little groundhog said, “Is spring in the air?” (sniff air)
The third little groundhog asked, “Is the time right?” (point to “watch” on wrist)
The fourth little groundhog squirmed, “The sun is too bright!” (shade eyes)
The fifth little groundhog squeaked, “My shadow I see!”
“I’m not staying out here! No siree! Not ME! (shake head no)
“Back to my burrow I’m going to creep.” (creep fingers)
“And for six more weeks I’m going to sleep!” (rest head on hands and close eyes)
                             ~From teachingheart.net

I also made a feltboard based (loosely) on the story from Liz and Dick Wilmes’ book Magnet Board Fun called “Gregory Groundhog Sees His Shadow.”

I just basically used the first and last paragraph from their book, where Greggory goes out to look for his shadow and sees the shadows of other animals.  As he sees each shadow I put it on the feltboard and had the kids guess what the animal was.  Most of them were pretty easy.  I narrated what he was thinking as he sees the shadows and discovers what each one really is.  Like for instance he realized he should have known the giraffe’s shadow was not his own since his neck isn’t nearly that long.  At the end he sees a shadow that scares him so much he races back to his burrow where he realizes he has just been frightened by his own shadow.  He decides to stay in his den for 6 more weeks to rest and recover from his fright.  The kids really liked it and they and the parents all had some good chuckles over Greggory’s confusion about the different animal shapes he sees.  I decided to just grab a few animals from my assorted felt board color sets and make matching shadows for them to use for this program.

At the end of the program we had a cute little craft that I also found at teachingheart.net where they linked back to a blog called Skip to My Lou that had the most adorable groundhog craft ever.  I substituted craft foam for the felt she used and used pompoms for the noses.  We had a variety pack of pompoms so some of the groundhogs had really colorful noses!
I had the slits in the cups cut ahead of time and the green felt glued around the cup already in place before storytime.  The kids did make their own grass by cutting the inch or so of felt that I left at the top of the cup.  They then glued their pre-cut groundhogs to the stick, added googly eyes, a nose, and teeth and were all set.  I made the groundhog body in one piece-the ears were part of the body, not separate pieces, again just to cut down on parts to assemble.
the kids all loved them and laughed out loud when I demonstrated how the puppet worked, they were a huge hit.  My youngest daughter continues to carry her groundhog (out of the cup) around the house.  :)Fiona shows off her groundhog :)

Katie at storytimesecrets is hosting the round up today and they will be posted later this evening.

Flannel Friday ~ Keeping Warm

Despite our (mostly) lack of snow recently I’ve been forging ahead with my winter themed stories, at least there was a little bit of snow last week, altough it’s all gone again.  So, my theme last week was about staying warm and being cozy.

I began with a felt board called Quilts Galore.

Quilts Galore
5 colorful quilts with patches galore,
1 covered Rabbit and then there were four.
4 colorful quilts as pretty as can be,
1 covered Kitty and then there were three.
3 colorful quilts with patches red and blue,
1 covered Fox and then there were two.
2 colorful quilts made just for fun,
1 covered Squirrel and then there was one.
1 colorful quilt left out in the sun,
It covered puppy and then there were none.
-  found on Finger Plays and Action Rhymes Blog
I changed the original version to be animals instead of child names as I have more than 5 children, usually, and this way I could make some cute little animal friends to liven up the felt board.

Later on in storytime we did a mitten matching game (I’ve seen a few others out there in Flannel Friday Land!)  For my toddler class, I put one of the mittens, from each pair, on the felt board and hid the matching ones around the room.  Each child went to find 2 mittens each and when they found their mittens they had to match them to the other half of the pair on the board.  For my older crowd I hid all of the mittens, each kid went to look for one and then had to look around the room to find the other kid who had the matching one, then they went up to the board together to put the matching pair on the board.

The storytime book we did today was based on the book The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel.  I only used this with my older crowd and had the kids help me tell the rebus story by saying the words with the pictures over them as we read this repetitive story.  It’s like a “This is the House that Jack Built” style, for those of you not familiar with the book.

A close up of the sweater, ’cause that’s my favorite piece :)

You can find the rest of the Flannel Friday round-up at Andrea’s blog.

Flannel Friday-Another Valentine’s Day Set

So, apparently I haven’t had enough with Valentine’s Day yet and it’s still January!  I would have posted this felt board last week, or better yet two weeks ago when everyone else did [blush], but I only just finished it this week :)

A co-worker of mine found an idea for these cute little Valentine envelopes on Pinterest and ultimately they came from Etsy.
So  my co-woker and I wrote a cute little poem to go with the envelopes.

Six Little Valentines

6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.” (light purple)

5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”  (light pink)

4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.” (light blue)

3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”  (dark pink)

2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.” (dark purple)

The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”  (dark blue/teal)

– by Elizabeth Stefanov and Miss Meghan (me!)
Don’t worry, Elizabeth okay-ed her full name printed here :)

So the little animals go in to an envelope, I made the hearts they are holding match the envelope they go into, but you can make yours however you want of course!  To begin the envelopes are on the feltboard and as you read the poem take down each envelope, open it and put the animal back on the board.  I’m excited to try this one out for Valentine’s Day storytimes!!!

You can find the rest of the Flannel Friday Roundup at Anne’s blog sotomorrowblog.com.

Valentine’s Day Flannel Friday

Ok, so here is my Valentine’s Day Extravaganza post, a week late-oops!  I have a couple older feltboards to share today, I’m really excited to make some new Valentine’s Day feltboards that fellow Flannel Friday-er’s shared last week.  But then while looking through books on the shelf a couple days ago I stumbled upon a cool Valentine’s Day book I’d never seen before, Valentine Surprise, even though it’s from 2008.  so I made a felt board for that one really quick and have that to share today too :)

I love playing games with the storytime kids, and they especially seem to like games where they have to search around the storytime room for objects.  For Valentine’s Day I made several sets of paper hearts and cut them in half.  For my little guys I put one half of each of th hearts on the board and hid the other half around the room.  They each go and find a half of a heart and match it to the other half on the board.  To make it a little more difficult for the preschool aged crownd, I hide all the hearts and they have to find another kid in the class who has the matching side.  then they can come up together to put the full heart on the board.

I also used a flannel board poem that I originally found in the book The Best of Totline called the Valentine Tree.  I made a large tree with bare branches, which we use for other felt boards when the need arises, like for fall leaves.

The Valentine Tree
I know a very special tree
That lives among the pines.
It has no leaves upon its boughs,
It just grows valentines.

It grows some pretty red ones,
And others that are blue,
It grows some fancy lace ones
With flowers on them, too.

It grows some little pink ones
And great big ones of green.
It grows the nicest valentines
That I have ever seen.

One day, I walked up to it
And shook that special tree.
Down fell a valentine
Especially for me!
-Adapted by Jean Warren from a story by Marion Schoeberlein

Then my new story is Valentine Surprise  by Corrine Demas.  It’s such a cute book about a girl who is trying to make a Valentine heart cut from paper for her mom.  She is never satisfied with the results she gets, it’s too round, too square, too thin, etc.  In the end she tapes them all together to make a cool looking banner.

All the hearts strung together in a banner, I plan to hold this up during the appropriate time in the story, so what I would do is put all the hearts on the board as she makes them in the story, then during the part of the story where she tapes them together I’ll take them down, put the book flat in my lap, and talk about how hard she worked to tape the hearts together all while I velcro them together.  Then I’ll keep the pile of velcroed together hearts in my lap, pick the book back up and when I get to the part where the mom holds up the heart banner I will hold up the felt one.
Here you can see the heart from the back, my velcro is sticky backed so I just used a little scrap of felt on the back of the rough side so the pieces don’t stick to everything, then I used some soft velcro on the hearts so they all stick together well.

The Flannel Friday round up can be found at Melissa’s blog- Mel’s Desk.