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!

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On a side note, does anyone know any more about this story since it looks like the Destination Storytime blog is no longer active?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

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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!

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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.

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Flannel Friday Round Up for September 15th


Welcome to this week’s placeholder for the September 15th Flannel Friday Round Up!  We’ve got quite the collection of fabulous creations this week, starting with…

Gnomes 01Heather’s absolutely adorable crew of gnomes and equally amazing songs at Lady Librarian’s Literacy, Lifestyle and Lookbook Blog!  Never once have I thought of doing a gnome theme, but now I’m thinking I must at least incorporate them into a garden storytime.  Thanks Heather!

color-farm-2Just in time for my upcoming farm and math themes in October, Erin at Falling Flannelboards is sharing a Color Farm flannel.  I love this idea for practicing print and shape awareness!  Welcome back to Flannel Friday Erin!  Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!




Speaking of upcoming themes, Wendy at Flannel Board Fun has got a great Halloween-themed Frankenstein face to share.  What a flexible set- you could build Frankie’s face together with a small group, have fun with putting the parts in the wrong places if you have a large group, or let the kiddos explore at a flannelboard center.  Thanks Wendy!



Keith at Felt-tastic Flannelboard Funtime is publicly proclaiming his love for Jane Cabrera this week (which I’m sure we all share!) and sharing I’m a Little Teapot!  I never knew there was a second verse before to this well-loved nursery rhyme, did you?  Head on over to Keith’s blog to find out what it is!


IMG_20170915_145812Bridget over at What is Bridget Reading has a gem of a flannel to share with us this week (lame pun intended)!  I’m always looking for more pirate ideas.  This guessing game looks like a super fun way to practice number recognition while helping duck find her lost treasure!

2015-10-06 11.55.56Speaking of games Laura at One for the Books is sharing 16 pairs of matching mittens!  She used this flannel in a fun storytime all about getting dressed.  I can’t wait to try out the Ravioli song!


blogger-image--2036562928We’ve also got some bookish flannels this week!  Anna over at Future Librarian Superhero is sharing A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller and showing off her freehand skills.  (Seriously, Anna?!  That’s amazing!)  Speaking of amazing, have you checked out Anna’s project over at Everyday Diversity?  What a great resource for finding inclusive storytime titles!




Lastly, I’ve got a bookish flannel to share as well.  Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh makes a great flannel for the toddler crowd!  Kids just love to tell grown-ups no, don’t they?


Thanks everyone for contributing this week!  Be on the lookout for more fun flannels next week with Lisa at Libraryland.  Have a great weekend!

New or looking to learn more about Flannel Friday?  Click here!

Need inspiration?  Peruse the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards!

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Storytime Spotlight: Fingers & Feet (All About Me) at Toddler Time

I’m excited to share a new storytime plan today!  Since starting at my new library system, my routine has definitely changed.  Firstly, I’m adapting to the smaller crowd sizes.  I’m also adjusting to new families and their storytime traditions.  It’s been a very fun journey full of support from my new colleagues and many awesome learning moments!

Without further ado, here’s how Toddler Storytime shook out:

Welcome & Set Expectations

  • Good morning everyone!  Thank you so much for coming to Toddler Storytime for 2’s and 3’s.  My name is Miss Jessica, and there are 2 things I’m going to ask for your help with today to make sure we have a great storytime!
  • Can you show me 1?  Number one is that I ask everyone in the room, especially grown-ups, participate as much as you are able!  You are your child’s first and best teachers, so please help role model storytime behavior as much as you can.
  • Can you show me number 2?  In storytime we are going to sing and dance and move and groove!  BUT the second thing I ask is that you please help your moving grooving little one stay back from the board so that everyone can see and so that I don’t step on any toes.  Thank you!

Sing: Wake Up Toes by Joanie Bartels

Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers

Read: My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh

This book always goes over so well!  It’s one of my all-time favorite storytime reads.  The toddlers loved showing me their noses and legs and sharing, “I have blue eyes!” Even when they didn’t.  🙂

Early Literacy Tip: Grown-ups, I love this book because when we talk about things are same and different with our children, we’re helping build their visual discrimination skills.  Noticing how things are same and different now will help your child later on recognize different letter shapes and track print while reading!


Flannel: Build a Face

Sing: Sneeze Game by Kimbo Educational (with some fun additions!)

You see with your eyes, touch your eyes.

You sneeze with your nose, touch your nose.


You hear with your ears, touch your ears.

You kiss with your lips, kiss me here.

We added a fun verse I invented at the end, which goes:

You clap with your hands, clap your hands.

You tap with your feet, tap your feet.

You nod with your head, nod your head.

You’ve had a busy day, go to bed…

(pretend to sleep)


The toddlers had so much fun pretending to be asleep and then jumping awake, we had to do this three times (and they still wanted more!)  Alas, it was time to move on.

Transition: If You’re Ready for a Story

Read: Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

We were still quite wiggly after this one, so I decided it was time to bring out the shakers.  All that reading and singing and dancing made me hungry, so let’s make a…

Sing: Milkshake (w/shakers)

Learning Through Play

What a fun morning!  All About Me has got to be one of my absolute favorite storytime themes.  There’s just so many great (and diverse) books to read and act out.

What are your favorite toddler titles and tunes for little fingers and feet?  I would love to hear!  🙂

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Flannel Friday: Build a Face


Happy Flannel Friday, and many thanks to Laura for hosting at One for the Books!  To learn more about the awesome-ness that is Flannel Friday, check out the blog.

I can’t BELIEVE I haven’t posted since March!  I’m really looking forward to graduating in January so I can do stuff I like to do on a regular basis… like read… make fun flannels… blog about said flannels… *ahem*

Anyways, this flannel was a hit with both my toddler and my family crowds during storytimes last week!  With toddlers, I asked them what each body part was called and then proceeded to put it in the wrong spot, naturally.  “What?!  Your ears don’t go on top of your head?  Show me where they go!  What?  Your hands don’t come out of your ears?  Are you sure?  Where are your hands?  What do you mean your nose doesn’t go in between your eyes?  Does it go above or below?”  So on and so forth.  This was such a fun flannel to encouraging talking and using directional vocabulary, and the toddlers loved playing with it after storytime!

For my older kiddos, I had them help me finish the end of each rhyme and, once again, put body parts in the wrong places.  After we built our friend correctly we took the pieces down and did the rhyme again the whole way through (putting pieces in the right place this time!)  Here it goes:

Here are my eyes,

I use them to see.

Here is my nose,

Does something stink?

Here are my ears,

One for each side.

Here is my mouth,

I can open it wide!

Here are my hands,

I use them to clap.

I use them to wave.

Then they go in my lap!


Credit: original

Have a great weekend all!  🙂

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