Flannel Friday: Veggie Riddles

Happy Flannel Friday!  Many thanks to Anne at So Tomorrow for hosting this week.

It’s January and you know what that means… SOUP MONTH!  I had so much fun planning and delivering a soup-er themed storytime for our team this month.  I made a vegetable riddle flannel for our Preschool/Family crowd.  This flannel goes along great with Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert!

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Vegetable Riddles

I’m red and round,

I also have seeds.

Sliced up in salads,

Is where you’ll see me!

(tomato)

I’m a root vegetable,

I can be red, white or green.

I can make you cry

When you cut into me!

(onion)

I grow underground,

But I have skin and eyes.

I can be roasted or mashed,

Or made into fries!

(potato)

Rabbits like to eat me

When I grow in a field.

I’m an orange vegetable.

I taste best when I’m peeled!

(carrot)

I’m yellow and yummy,

I grow on a stalk.

You can eat me on the cob,

Or cook me in a pot!

(corn)

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Pattern: templates from Pattern Universe

Credit: Most from Riddles for Kids, some original

I’ll be back soon to post a review of how storytimes went this week!  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  Grad school starts for me next week… so not ready!  😦

Flannel Friday: 5 Little Cowpokes

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Happy Flannel Friday y’all!  This fun counting song was a blast with my toddlers the last time I used it during storytime- I can’t wait to sing it again come January and the Western Stock Show!  It goes a little something like this:

5 Little Cowpokes

to the tune of “5 Little Ducks”

5 little cowpokes riding to the store (bounce while pretending to hold reigns)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then were 4!

4 little cowpokes racing to the tree (bounce faster)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then were 3!

3 little cowpokes riding under the sky so blue (bounce normal)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then were 2!

2 little cowpokes racing under the sun (bounce faster)

1 stepped on a cactus – OUCH (grab toe) and then was 1!

1 little cowpoke riding all alone (bounce slowly)

So he turned right around and he rode on home.

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Credit: Myself!  I thought of this little diddy in the shower the night before storytime.  I don’t know about you, but I do my best songwriting in the shower.  🙂

Pattern: I used FREE super cute online clip art from Laura at My Cute Graphics.  Thanks a ton Laura!

Happy Flannel Friday y’all!  The rest of the Round Up can be found right here at Storytime in the Stacks.  Have a great weekend!

Flannel Friday: Baby Rattlesnake’s First Rattle

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I love using folk and traditional tales for flannel sets!  Something about them just grabs and holds my crowd like no other kind of story can do.  “Baby Rattlesnake’s First Rattle” is a wonderfully engaging Pawnee tale with lots of repetition and humor.  It follows the story of a young snake who is told by everyone he’s too young for a rattle- except for Grandpa.  One he gets his rattle he of course causes mischief, hiding behind rocks and jumping out to scare passerby, until the day he meets his match in the chief’s daughter.

I had the audience help me with lots of the sounds in this one.  We previewed the actions and noises beforehand (e.g. “In this story, we’re going to meet a rabbit.  How do rabbits move?  They hop hop hop.  We’re going to have to hide very quietly.  Show me how quiet you can be!” etc.)  We also practiced shaking our shakers when I said the words “chhh chhh chhh.”  I’ve found previewing the expected participation beforehand really helps, that way the kiddos know what to expect and the caretakers know how they can be supportive.

I based my text off the tale as found in Margaret Read MacDonald’s Shake It Up Tales, but I’ll probably re-do my flannel set based on the gorgeous illustrations in this picture book adaptation of Baby Rattlesnake.

Happy Flannel Friday y’all!  The rest of the Round Up can be found right here at Storytime in the Stacks.  Have a great weekend!

Final Flannel Friday Roundup for 2016!

Friday December 16th marks our last Flannel Friday Roundup for the year- and it’s a pretty quiet one!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

This week I’ve got two Western flannels to share- hopefully in time to make before the stock show is back in town come January!  The first is a silly counting song about 5 Little Cowpokes who keep riding over a cactus.  The second is a fun folk tale about Baby Rattlesnake’s First Rattle.  And Kathryn is re-posting an oldie but a goody this week with these fun Little Birdies finger puppets!

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And we’re taking a break till 2017 with Mary!  Can’t wait for a great idea?  Check out the Flannel Friday Blog, Facebook, and Pinterest pages!

Flannel Friday: 5 Little Aliens

 

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Many thanks to the fabulous crew at Storytime Underground this week for helping me put the finishing touches on a new space flannel song!  Here’s what I started with…

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And thanks to the many other brilliant brains out there, here’s some different songs I ended up with:

Five Little Aliens

to the tune of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five little aliens,
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
One stopped on Planet Mars
To eat some chocolate bars.
Now there’s four little aliens.

Four little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space
Jupiter had soda pop
Another alien made a stop,
Now there’s three little aliens.

Three little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
One stopped at Saturn’s rings
Looking at flying things.
Now there’s two little aliens.

Two little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
One stopped at Uranus
To fill up with gaseous.
Now there’s one little alien.

One little alien
Flying to her space station,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
She landed on Neptune
To see it’s 14 moons.
Now there’s no little aliens!

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Credit: Dana Jacobs Bjornstad

I also really liked the lyrics to this one:

Five Little Aliens Green

to the tune of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five little aliens green
Flyin’ their space machines
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
Zoom, zoom.
One raced around the sun
‘Cause the solar flares looked like fun.
Now there are four little aliens green…
Beep, beep!

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Credit: Chriss Jones

And in case you’d like to practice counting down by 2 instead of 1, here’s my own take on things:

Five Little Aliens

to the tune of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
ZOOM ZOOM!
One stopped on Planet Mars
And one stopped to see a star.
Now there’s three little aliens!

Three little aliens
Flying to their space stations,
Zooming back and forth in outer space.
ZOOM ZOOM!
One stopped on Neptune
And one stopped to see the Moon.
Now there’s one little alien!

One little alien
Flying to his space station,
Zooming all alone in outer space.
ZOOM…. ZOOM… (slowly)
He stopped on Mercury
Where he was surprised to see
All of his other alien friends!

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Credit: Storytime in the Stacks

You can snag my alien pattern below!  For the planets I just cut circles of different shapes and attempted to free-hand with the puffy paint, to varying degrees of success.

Pattern: available here

Many thanks to Wendy for hosting this week over at Flannel Board Fun.  (Sorry this isn’t really winter related… hope I’m not messing too much with the holiday mojo!)  To learn more about Flannel Friday, please check out the Flannel Friday websitePinterest, or Facebook page.

Here is a Firefighter

Happy Flannel Friday!  I’m back after a not-so-brief hiatus with a firefighter flannel that is perfect for a Fire Safety storytime in October.

At various parts in the rhyme I would pause and hold up the item, asking the kiddos for the word.  The grey beard (aka mask) was great because we had a brief discussion about how it’s important to not be scared of them, even though they are big and cover a firefighter’s mouth so you can’t really see the person.  Then I would put the article of clothing on the wrong spot (e.g. put the pants on top of the head).  Once we had made it all the way through and the kids showed me where each item properly goes, we repeated the rhyme again.  Without further ado…

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Here is a firefighter!

Here are his pants.

Here is his coat,

and here is his hat.

Here are his gloves,

Here are his boots.

Here is his mask,

And his fire hose too!

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Credit: original

Pattern: click here

Many thanks to Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime for hosting the Round Up this week!  If you’d like to see my entire firefighter storytime plan, you can visit the full post here.

Have a great weekend!

Flannel Friday: See the Olympians

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Happy Friday and hopefully a long Labor Day weekend everyone!  This is a set I made a few weeks ago during the Olympics to go with a fun action rhyme my wonderful co-worker Janell came up with.  Here it goes:

tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

See the runners run, run, run

Run run run, run run run.

See the runners run, run, run

At the Olympics!

(repeat with other athletes and actions- swimmers swim, riders jump, wrestlers roll, gymnasts twirl, etc).

I made this fun set by using the following technique.  It was pretty easy and I love how the figures turned out!  (In fact it was so easy I may never make time-consuming felt sets again… just kidding!  T-shirt transfer paper actually can be pretty expensive).  One thing I want to emphasize is that you need an INK JET printer for this to work.  Do not try to put fabric transfer paper through a laser printer.  It will be bad.  Very bad.  Also, if the paper starts turning yellow while you’re ironing- STOP!  If it starts to smell like something’s burning… STOP!  🙂

I used clip art from a set I purchased from David’s Simple Teaching on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Thanks Lisa for hosting this week!  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the round-up at Libraryland!!

Flannel Friday: Little Moon, Little Moon

This little game went over really well with the family crowd this week- I even caught a mom taking a picture so she could recreate it at home!  Our weekly theme was all about Bedtime and our Every Child Ready to Read focus was Play, so I made a little flannel that worked well with both.  It could also go with an outer space theme.

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Little moon, little moon, hiding in the sky.

Is that you behind the blue cloud I spy?

(repeat with other colors)

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credit: inspired by Anne at So Tomorrow

pattern: available here

Don’t forget to check out the rest of this week’s inspiration over at What Is Bridget Reading?  Have a great weekend!  (Now that I’m on break for a week from grad school I might actually get around to posting the full plan for once… stay tuned!)

Full plan is up and ready for your viewing pleasure here!

Final Flannel Friday Post: Crazy for Cars

And last but not least, I added these cute little cars and some rhymes to my transportation theme repertoire:

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Here’s one fun rhyme you can do…

Driving around in my little red car,

Driving around in my little red car,

Driving around in my little red car,

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

(repeat with other colors)

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Credit: Storytime Katie

Pattern: click here

And another one!

Black road, black road, what do you see?

I see a red car looking at me!

Red car, red car, what do you see?

I see a blue car looking at me!

(repeat with other colors)

Colorful cars, colorful cars, what do you see?

Children and their families, that’s what we see!

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

Pattern: click here

*Note: thinking about spicing this up next year with other things that go (e.g. blue truck, yellow copter, etc).

And there you have it!  Glad I have a little break coming up soon.  I absolutely adore story time, but I also have mountains of homework (that I tend not to do in favor of making fun flannels).  Hopefully my next week off story time duty will help me catch up!

Many thanks to Kate at Felt Board Magic for hosting this week’s round up!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Flannel Friday: My Friend Duck

Happy Friday my friends in flannel world!  Hope your summer reading is going well.  Not only are we crazy busy, but our story times have gotten even bigger too.  This week I had so much fun with one of my favorite story time themes ever- things that go!

I actually made three flannels this week (because I love this theme SO MUCH I really couldn’t decide which ones I wanted to do.  Oh, librarian problems…) This first flannel was a HUGE hit with the preschool crowd.  Many thanks to Sandy at Storytime Sparks for the fabulous idea!

my friend duck

Here’s how it goes:

My friend duck

Is hiding behind a truck.

Is my friend duck

Behind the red truck?

(repeat with other colors)

If NO:

No, that’s not duck

Behind the red truck!

That’s… (cow/horse/sheep/etc).

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Credit: Storytime Sparks

Patterns: click here for trucks

farm animals from Carson-Dellosa’s Early Years Everyday Patterns, or alternates available at My Cute Graphics

Sandy has another cute rhyme for uncovering the other animals after finding duck, but we just stopped and started over when we found him.  We also patted our knees to the rhythm, which seemed to help the kiddos catch onto the rhyme faster.

Many thanks to Kate at Felt Board Magic for hosting this week’s round up!  See you in another post with some more fun flannels and with the whole story time plan.  🙂