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Wind, Rain, and Clouds Storytime

Our library decided not to participate in the SRP collab “Dream Big Read” this summer, usually we do, but this year we got all excited about superheroes.  Partially because superheroes are cool and partially because a portion of the movie the Avengers was filmed in Cleveland, which is not too far from us.  So instead of feltboards to match the summer reading theme collab, I have our bulletin board teaser to show you that I and a coworker put together to get all the kids excited for summer-so far it’s working (YAY!)  I also just have to say that I’m so proud of how my Superman-type logos on the capes turned out.  Everyone liked the capes so much that we decided we all need one to wear in local the parade we do each summer, as well as occasionally throughout the summer just for fun 🙂

I do have some super felt boards to share  as well, but not related to superheroes as you probably already figured out by the title of this post! 🙂

So this week, we talked about rainy spring weather and gazing at puffy spring clouds, and blustery spring days.

For our movement activities in between books we shook some egg shakers to the song ‘Rain Rain go Away” and once the song was over we made a rain storm with the eggs by starting quietly and getting louder and louder for a full blown thunderstorm and then got quiet again as the rain faded away.
Later in storytime we listened to the song “I Can Sing a Rainbow” on the Wiggleworms “Love You” CD and danced around with colorful silk scarves.  Because rainbows sometimes follow rain storms.

The feltboard stories I shared today were, “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle and “It Looked Liked Spilt Milk” by Charles Shaw.

I made a special feltboard for this story to represent the scene in the book and also because I wanted to be able to tape some waxed paper to the back of the feltboard and not ruin our usual one.  In this story a little cloud changes in to many different shapes, as clouds tend to do.  At the end he and his cloud friends form one big cloud and rain on the village.  To make this rain possible I taped wax paper to the back of the felt board and drew rain on it.  Then when it’s time to rain in the story you can simply flip the wax paper over the front.  I also printed out the story and taped it to the back so you don’t ahve to try to hold the book and the feltboard to do the story.

Little Cloud as a sheep

The rain coming down

All the pieces

For this felt board I did something a little different.  One of the librarians at my library went to a workshop once where they suggested doing this different method with this story.  Instead of putting the felt pieces on the board, stick little pieces of velcro on  the pages and have the kids stick their matching felt piece in the book as you read the story.  In essences, the book becomes the feltboard and it’s kind of a matching/puzzle type experience as well.  It sounds so simple, and slightly weird, but the kids were captivated.  It’s so different to add your picture too the book, they had a great time and some of them worked so hard to make sure their piece lined up perfectly!
I used small squares of white velcro on the book (obviously this is a staff only copy)
with the matching felt piece in place

All the pieces for the book.

At the end of storytime we had our own cloud gazing activity.  I made a huge sky from some bulletin board paper and glued on shapes that I wanted to suggest different animals, foods, etc.  I had shapes in mind but tried to make them so that they could be more than one thing.  Like one that looks like a hand but could also be an elephant.

After storytime I had all the kids lie down and look up to see these clouds.  They loved it!  I honestly didn’t think they were going to leave 🙂  We talked about how now that it’s getting nicer out that they could do this with real clouds outside and see so many new shapes.

Overall this turned out to be one of the best storytimes themes, the kids were great and super enthusiastic about everything.  We all had a great time!

You can check out the rest of the flannel friday ideas at Sharon’s blog The Reading Chick were you will find a ton of great felt ideas for the summer reading collab.


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.


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

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.