Flannel Friday: Tommy the Turkey

Happy Flannel Friday!  On a Saturday.  Because lately, that’s how I roll.  Get it?  Lately?  As in I’m late with this post?  Ha ha?  (Sorry, too many long nights doing homework!)

Although I don’t do holiday themes for storytimes, I do usually do a birds and or migration/hibernation themed storytime in November.  I just love busting out this fun audience participation flannel!


There’s many different flannel versions of our fine feathered friend, but mine is called “Tommy the Turkey.”  It’s got a nice beat to pat or clap along to!  I also encourage the grown ups to talk about the color feather their child has as I’m passing them out.  What color is it?  Can they find that color on their clothes?  In the room?  It helps manage the controlled chaos that is passing out props during storytime!

Tommy the Turkey

to the tune of “Alice the Camel”


Tommy the turkey has no feathers,

Tommy the turkey has no feathers,

Tommy the turkey has no feathers,

And poor Tommy’s cold!

(ask audience to bring up blue feathers)


Now Tommy the turkey has blue feathers,

Tommy the turkey has blue feathers,

Tommy the turkey has blue feathers,

But Tommy’s still cold!

(repeat with other colors, until…)


Tommy the turkey has lots of feathers,

Tommy the turkey has lots of feathers,

Tommy the turkey has lots of feathers,

Now go, Tommy, go!


Credit: Original

Pattern: click here

With toddlers I stick to colors, but with preschoolers I incorporate a little more early math skills.  After bringing up our first round of feathers, I ask the kiddos how many feathers they think Tommy has now.  After we estimate, we count and then sing “Tommy the Turkey has 5 feathers.”  I repeat this after each time we add feathers, so we also practice counting up from different numbers.  As in, “Tommy had 5 blue feathers, we added more yellow feathers, let’s count how many we have together now!”  So on and so forth.


This is a more accurate representation of Tommy after toddlers have helpfully added his feathers.  🙂

Thanks to Shawn at Read, Rhyme and Sing for hosting this week!  To learn more about the fantastic and fun Flannel Friday initiative, I encourage you to check out the blog, Facebook group and Pinterest pages!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Flannel Friday: I’m a Little Monster 2

Happy Flannel Friday!  I’m hosting again this week- click here to view the full Round-Up with everyone’s fun creations!

Unfortunately I didn’t make this little green friend in time to share for the Halloween Extravaganza… but hey, better late than never, right?!

I'm a Little Monster 2

I’m a Little Monster

(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little monster, short and green.

Here are my eyes – one, two, three!

Here are my horns and here are my teeth.

Won’t you come a little closer to me?


Credit: original

This was so much fun to sing with toddlers!  We followed up by singing “If You Ever See a Monster” from KCLS.  The toddlers of course loved shouting boo and scaring our little green monster to pieces!  🙂

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Flannel Friday Round Up for October 27th


Welcome to this week’s Flannel Friday!  Prepare to add to your To-Make lists, because this week’s full of fun ideas!


Though the Halloween Extravaganza may be over, Kathryn and I are keeping the fall holiday fun going.  Kathryn has a super cute flannel and rhyme to share all about friends dressed up for Halloween.  I am so impressed by the level of detail she put into the costumes!  Check it out over at Fun with Friends at Storytime.

I'm a Little Monster 2

I have a song to share about a little green monster who wants you to come a little closer…


Storytime Ukulele has two more fun flannels to sing!  I can’t wait to use “I am Hungry” for my upcoming food themed storytime in November.  And I just love the Mandarin song “Two Tigers.”  For more awesome multicultural songs and rhymes, make sure to check out Barnaby Public Library’s Embracing Diversity repository!


Wendy at Flannel Board Fun has some great songs and book suggestions to go along with her super cute Toddler Bots!  Seriously tempted to squeeze in a robot themed storytime now somewhere this year.  I just need to sing “The Lights on the Robot!”

Thanks everyone for sharing!  Have a fantastic weekend… and see you  at next week’s Flannel Friday stop, over at What is Bridget Reading?

Looking to learn more about Flannel Friday?  Check out the blog, and don’t forget to join the awesome Facebook group too!  Can’t wait for next week and need more inspiration right now?  Peruse the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards!


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 5 Comments

Flannel Friday: Oink, Oink, Pink Pig

Happy Flannel Friday!  I’ve got the Round-Up this week.  You can check out everyone’s awesome creations by clicking here.

This week I’m sharing another Brown Bear, Brown Bear-esque flannel with farm friends.  This is a fun one with babies or toddlers!  When I do this with babies, we say “It’s Walkin Ol’ Joe!” when we see the horse and do the fun lap bounce from the Wiggleworms.


Oink, oink, pig pink, what do you see?

I see a yellow chick looking at me!

Cheep, cheep, yellow chick, what do you see?

I see a spotted cow looking at me!

Moo, moo, spotted cow, what do you see?

I see a black sheep looking at me!

Baa, baa, black sheep, what do you see?

I see a brown horse looking at me!

Neigh, neigh, brown horse, what do you see?

I see my farm friends looking at me!


Credit: adapted from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Pattern: based off this super cute clip art set

Have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Flannel Friday Round Up for October 13th


Happy Fall y’all and welcome to the October 13th Flannel Friday Round Up!  New or looking to learn more about Flannel Friday?  Check out the blog, and don’t forget to join the awesome Facebook group too!  Need more inspiration right now?  Peruse the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards!

yoga downward dog - adho mukha svanasanaKeith at Felt-tastic Flannelboard Funtime has two super cute creations (as always) to share with us this week!  The first is an amazing set of bunnies in various yoga poses.  I can’t get over how expressive these pieces are!  What a great way to calm and center the crowd.  Without further ado, here’s Keith’s adaptation of Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo.



I wish I had seen Keith’s second creation (a super cute sneaking tiger) last week when I did orange storytime!  I just love this simple rhyme and I know my kiddos would love it too.



I just love when one Flannel Friday-er inspires another!  Laura at One for the Books is sharing a hot air balloon race she came across at Storytime Katie’s blog.  I just love the idea of letting children roll the die to see who will win.  The rest of Laura’s balloon storytime is super fun as well.

On a side note, does anyone know any more about this story since it looks like the Destination Storytime blog is no longer active?

how to make a felt board Hanukkah menorahCarissa at Faith and Felt Obsession has got a lovely Menorah set to help you get ready for Hannukah- and she’s even sharing a template!  (On a side note, I also love her quick and easy DIY flannelboard tutorial!)



Lastly, I’ve got a farm-themed Brown Bear-esque flannel to share this week: Oink, Oink, Pink Pig.  This is a good one for the baby/toddler crowd!



Thanks everyone for sharing your fun flannels!  Have a great weekend! 

Miss Jaime’s Library Journeys is up next week.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 3 Comments

Flannel Friday: Baby, Baby, Who Do You See?

Happy Flannel Friday!  This is a fun one to do with babies/toddlers.  I like to change it up and use random family members instead of the entire set, so sometimes the family has a mommy and no daddy, sometimes just 1 sibling, sometimes just a dog and no cat, etc.


Baby, baby, who do you see?

I see my sister looking at me!

(repeat with other family members and pets)


Credit: adapted from Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Pattern: based off free clip art set

When I use this with babies, we end by asking the puppy who he sees?  He sees Uncle John, so… it’s time to bounce!  🙂  Again, this is a rhyme I adapt to make more inclusive for my families.  Sometimes Mother and Baby bounce with Uncle John, sometimes Sister and Baby and Uncle John… etc.

Mother and Father and Uncle John

Went to Boston one by one.

Mother fell off- whoah!

Father fell off- whoah!

But Uncle John went riding on and on and on!


Credit: Traditional

Many thanks to Amy over at Catch the Possibilities this week for hosting!  And as always, check the Flannel Friday websiteFacebook, and Pinterest accounts for more information and fun flannel creations!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Flannel Friday: Do Lions Live on Lily Pads?

Happy Flannel Friday!  Check out all of the amazing creations from this week’s Round Up by clicking here.  New to Flannel Friday and want to learn more?  Check out the blog and see what we’re all about!  Don’t see what you need in this week’s round up?  Check out our Pinterest boards!

Today I’m so excited to share one of my favorite books-turned-into- flannel:

do lions live on lily pads

This is such a fun story with super cute illustrations about where animals live!  It’s a great introduction to habitats.  The repetition and silliness makes it a great toddler read.  Unfortunately, the book is a tad small, and it’s out of print… making it a perfect flannel candidate!


Here’s how it goes:

Is this the nest of a goat?

No, it belongs to a bird.

Do crocodiles live in shells?

No, but snails do…

Do elephants live in houses?

No, but families do!


Credit: Do Lions Live on Lily Pads by Melanie Walsh

Do Lions Live on Lily Pad Felt Pieces

You get the idea.  I used mostly illustrations from the book, but added a verse at the end because I really wanted to use this flannel for my Families themed storytimes this week.  🙂

This was a HUGE hit with my toddler crowd.  They loved yelling “NO!” when I put silly animal/home combinations on the board and telling me who the right animals were.  I asked why elephants do not live in houses (they don’t fit, duh Ms. Jessica!) and we talked about who lives in our houses in our families.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment