Flannel Friday Guest Post: Ouch!

I’m pleased to guest post for Krystal today, who is sharing her first ever flannel!  I couldn’t believe she drew this beautiful set totally by freehand-talk about talent!

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If you thought of Ouch! by Ragnhild Scamell when you saw this set, you’re right!  I’ve always wanted to make this adorable book into a flannel, so I was glad when Krystal shared how well this went over with her preschool crowd.  Originally she was going to have each child bring a piece of the story to the board, but she had record-breaking attendance (a good problem to have, right?!)

If you’re not familiar with this story, Hedgehog is busy building a nest for winter when objects keep falling from the sky and getting stuck on her quills.  It’s a great story that I like to read along with forest friends or hibernation themed storytimes.

Thanks again Krystal!

Storytime Spotlight: Let’s Hop in a Box

Many thanks to my fabulous coworker and friend Tanya Prax for putting together such a fun storytime this week and letting me share it!  My only tweak was sneaking in a few extra flannels and swapping my usual weekly hat out for a box.  🙂

Here’s how it went with the toddlers…


Theme Introduction:

  • I wore a big box on my head for my hat.  First it was turned around the wrong way, so I couldn’t fit through the door (which made all the littles laugh).  Then when I finally made it through the door and asked them if they liked my hat, they told me it was NOT a hat, it was a box!  I said “That’s the wonderful thing about a box!  It can be a hat… or a boat…” and I took the box off my head and sat down in it and pretended to row… at which point my big butt broke the box.  Whoops.  🙂

Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • If You’re Happy & You Know It
  • Shake My Sillies Out

ABC Routine: Letter I

Fun Fact: Play

Playing helps children’s brains grow and develop in so many ways!  When we pretend and act out stories, we’re using problem-solving skills and it prepares us to write stories of our own someday.  That’s why I love our first book- it’s a super fun book to read first and then play together!

Transition: Dance Your Fingers

Book #1: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

This book went over pretty well with the crowd.  They liked naming the different objects that the box became.

Scarf Song: Turn Around by Sue Schnitzer

They loved this song so much we had to do it two times in a row (and we could have gone for three, but I was pretty dizzy by then!)

Transition: Stretch to the Window

Flannel: Here is a Box

Here is a Box

Here is a Box

Here is a box where something is hid
I wonder whatever is under the lid?
Let’s listen for a shout
And see who comes out!

(make animal noises and have kids guess who is in the box before opening)

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Credit: Anne’s Library Life

Pattern: Clip art courtesy of My Cute Graphics

Book #2: Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

I had a fair amount of older kiddos mixed with my toddlers in the crowd, so I pulled one of the preschool books and I’m so glad I did- it was a huge hit!  The repetition, rhyming and knocking make this an awesome read.  I think it would make a pretty fun flannel, too.

Book #3: Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

Not as fun as the first two, but it was still a pretty solid read.

Craft: Shape Art

I love the open-end aspect of this craft.  The kiddos got so creative and made houses, rockets, cars, trains and so on with the different shapes we had available.  Here’s my snake.  🙂

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This was such a fun theme!  I just love how well it lends itself to encouraging imagination and creativity.  I was a little worried that it might be too abstract for my toddlers, but they seemed to catch on quickly and really enjoy it.

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

Flannel Friday: My Lunch Box

This is another fun guessing game that you could do with a lunch box and food props or with this flannel set!  It goes great with a box or food/lunch storytime theme.

I got the idea from an awesome old book/CD set from Creative Teaching Press: Fall Phonemic Awareness.  Unfortunately it’s no longer in print.  I’ve included the original song version.  The second is my own spin on the lyrics.

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My Lunch Box (Version 1)

To the tune of “Yankee Doodle”

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
It starts with sand- and ends with -witch
A sandwich- now I’ll eat it!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which drink is my favorite?
It starts with mmm- and ends with -ilk
My milk- now I’ll drink it!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
It starts with ch- and ends with –ips
Some chips- now I’ll eat them!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
It starts with cook-and ends with –ees
Some cookies- now I’ll eat them!

My Lunch Box (Version 2)

To the tune of “Yankee Doodle”

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
It’s made of bread and a peanut butter jelly spread…
A sandwich- now I’ll eat it!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
It’s yellow and long and eventually turns brown
A banana- now I’ll eat it!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
They’re yellow and crunchy and oh so salty…
My chips- now I’ll eat them!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which drink is my favorite?
It’s white and smooth and good for you…
My milk- now I’ll drink it!

My lunch box holds some yummy treats
Which food is my favorite?
It’s round and brown and the last thing to go down…
A cookie- now I’ll eat it!

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Credit: inspired by Kimberly Jordano, Fall Phonemic Awareness Songs & Rhymes

Pattern: available here, clipart from My Cute Graphics

Don’t forget to check out the other fun flannels at this week’s round up!  The Flannel Friday blogFacebook page, or Pinerest page are also great resources.  🙂

Flannel Friday: Here is a Box

Happy Flannel Friday everyone!  This week I’ve got two fun box flannels to share.  The first comes from a great puppet rhyme that Anne shared on her blog a few years ago.  This is such a fun guessing game to play either using a flannel or with puppets and a box!

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Here is a Box

Here is a box where something is hid
I wonder whatever is under the lid?
Let’s listen for a shout
And see who comes out!

(make animal noises and have kids guess who is in the box before opening)

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Credit: Anne’s Library Life

Clip art Courtesy of My Cute Graphics

Check out how I used this flannel in a recent box-themed storytime.

Don’t miss the rest of this week’s round up!  And don’t forget about the Flannel Friday blogFacebook page, or Pinerest page.  🙂

Flannel Friday Round Up for March 24th

Happy Spring everyone!  We’ve got quite the round up of ideas to share this week- hold onto your hats!

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Jeni from the Biblio Files starts us off with some super cute felt My Little Ponies for the kiddos to play with when they visit the library after school.  I am so impressed by her level of detail!

 

 

Laura at One for the Books shares some super laurafun spring tic-tac-toe sets with flowers, suns, rabbits and ducks!  What a fun passive program idea!

 

 

colour-cars-2-768x432Who else LOVES Emma Garcia?!  Lindsey’s joining us from Jbrary with an awesome felt story and extension activities created by her clearly amazingly talented co-worker Kate Low.  I can’t wait to try these out the next time we have a transportation storytime!

 

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Aren’t these boxes absolutely adorable?  Nikki from Hey There Library has even shared the pattern with us!  Plus she provides some alternative options to the traditional “Little Fox” game.

 

 

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Wendy from Flannel Board Fun is joining us with two flannel sets this week!  The first is a robot set, complete with some great robot book suggestions.  I want to know how Wendy cut out such amazingly detailed little pieces!

 

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Wendy’s second set has to be one of the cutest set of hedgehogs created in Flannel Friday history.  I love Wendy’s new take on the “Four Little Hedgehogs” counting down poem too.

 

 

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I am loving Mr. Keith’s flannels and rhymes about biting lately!  His newest kawaii installment is Chicken in the Barnyard.  I can’t wait to try this one out during my next baby storytime!

 

 

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Heather’s got a seriously cute space-themed “Mouse in the House” variation this week.  Check out her rhyming hiding rocket game at Lady Librarian’s Literacy, Lifestyle and Lookbook Blog!

 

 

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Jennifer from Bookwings has created an amazing set of five little fireflies that ACTUALLY LIGHT UP!  I am seriously in awe of her super maker skills.

 

 

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We have a guest poster this week!  Please join me in welcoming Krystal, who created this amazing flannel adaptation of Ouch! all by freehand.

 

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I also have two flannels to share this week!  Clearly some of us had boxes on the brain.  The first is a fun noisy guessing animal game called Here is a Box.

 

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The second is a riddle flannel set full of yummy treats called My Lunch Box.

Need more great ideas?  

Check out the Flannel Friday blogFacebook page, or Pinerest page.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Flannel Friday: Little Chick

Thank you Wendy at Flannel Board Fun for hosting the Flannel Friday Round Up this week!  If you something landed here without stopping THERE first, you’ll definitely want to go back and look at what everyone else is up to.  You can also check out the blog, Facebook page, or Pinerest page.  Happy Friday!

I’ve got another guessing game this week that goes along well with a farm, Easter, birds or baby animals theme.  Here’s Little Chick:

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Little Chick

Little chick, little chick,

Where did you fly?

Is that you

Behind the yellow egg I spy?

(repeat with other colors)

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Clipart: Courtesy of My Cute Graphics

I’m thinking of going back and adding other farm animals behind the other eggs for next time.  🙂  If you’d like to see how I used this flannel in storytime, visit my Baby Animal Bash post.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Storytime Spotlight: Baby Animal Bash

Spring is almost in the air… which means it’s time for some of my favorite books and songs about baby animals!  Family time was so much fun last Saturday.  Here’s the rundown:


Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • If You’re Happy & You Know It
  • Shake My Sillies Out

ABC Routine: Letter H

Transition/Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers

Book #1: What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward

I was really excited to read this nonfiction book to the crowd, but they just didn’t seem that into it.  I may try reading this again at a later point during storytime after everyone wakes up a little.  🙂

Book #2: Egg by Kevin Henkes

This one went over much better!  The repetition really drew the young ones in, plus they liked knocking along with me, trying to crack the egg open.

Shaker Song: Bunny Hop – Katherine Dines

Katherine Dines is the best.  I was lucky enough to participate in her closing session at CLEL last year and I’ve been in love with her music ever since!  🙂  We loved this song so much, we had to play it two times through.  Be ready to hop, stop and wiggle!

Transition: Little Duck, Little Duck

“Little Duck, Little Duck”

Little duck, little duck, waddle around.

Little duck, little duck, touch the ground.

Little duck, little duck, wings go flap.

Little duck, little duck, say “Quack Quack!”

Little duck, little duck, jump into the river.

Little duck, little duck, give a little shiver.

Little duck, little duck, shake your feet.

Little Duck, little duck, find your seat.

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Credit: Carol Garnett Hopkins, Artsy Toddler Storytimes

Book #3: Nope! A Tale of First Flight by Drew Sheneman

This mostly wordless picture was SO. MUCH. FUN.  It was definitely the crowd’s favorite and mine as well.  We practiced some actions before we started reading (saying nope and swinging our finger, pretending to look down from a tree).  By the time we got towards the end of the book, the kiddos felt comfortable enough to help narrate.

My Twitter friends voted for a video, so here I go!  Please do pay special attention to the disclaimers.  I’m not an expert!  This is just worked well for me.  🙂

The best part for me was the mom who came up after storytime asking for more wordless books to take home!  She said she never felt brave enough to try before, but reading one together at storytime gave her confidence.

Book #4: Charlie Chick by Nick Dechenfield

Who doesn’t love a good pop up book?  This was a fun book to finish with and it was the perfect transition for our flannel game.

Fun Fact:

You may have heard play is the work of childhood and it’s true!  We develop so many skills through play, like our motor skills when we run and play tag.  Today we’re going to play a fun game and practice recognizing colors!

Thanks to an ALSC Webinar I took awhile ago, I now call my early literacy tip my fun fact of the day.  Parents really do seem to listen better.  It’s amazing what a difference being deliberate with your words can make!

Flannel: Little Chick, Little Chick

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Little Chick

Little chick, little chick,

Where did you fly?

Is that you

Behind the yellow egg I spy?

(repeat with other colors)

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Template: clip art courtesy of My Cute Graphics


That’s all folks!  It was a fun day.  To see more great songs and stories I didn’t use, check out my handy dandy master OneNote notebook below:

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Flannel Friday: Birthday Cakes & Snakes!

Happy Birthday Flannel Friday!  Here’s to 5 more years of fun, new friendships and awesome flannels.  🙂  So grateful for this community!

Many thanks to Fun with Friends at Storytime for hosting this week.  As soon as I saw it was Flannel Friday’s birthday (on top of being Read Across America Day), I knew I had to celebrate with a new flannel somehow… and what better way to rhyme, practice color recognition and have fun than with a snake in the cake?!

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Mr. Snake

Mr. Snake, Mr. Snake,

Are you hiding

Behind the RED cake?

(repeat with other colors)

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Clip art/pattern outlines available from My Cute Graphics

I’d like to go back and add some candles to the cakes and reattach the red tongue to my poor snake… but the kiddos had a blast anyways.  🙂  I had a nice small group for outreach so they each got a chance to come up to the board and guess.

Don’t forget to visit Flannelboard Fun and see all the other awesome ideas out there.   You can also check out the blog, Facebook page, or Pinerest page.  Happy Friday!