Flannel Friday: The Great, Big, Enormous Carrot!

great big enormous carrot

This week’s Flannel Friday is a fun adaptation of the traditional Russian folk tale “The Great, Big, Enormous Turnip.”  The original tale can be found many places, but my favorite beautiful flannel pattern for the original comes from Judy Sierra’s Flannel Board Storytelling Book.  Inspiration for this fun story also comes from Perry Public Library.

Before starting the story, we practiced how the different movements would go.  We hit our knees for each animal- what do you think a bunny hops like?  What about a squirrel?  A turtle?

Here’s how my version of the tale went…

Once there was a brown bunny hopping along one day- hop hop hop.  He was VERY hungry.  His tummy went rumble-rumble-growl.  So he went to the garden where he saw some tall green leaves.  “That is one BIG carrot!” he cried, and he grabbed onto the top.  He PULLED- mmmmph!– and he PULLED- mmmmph!  But the carrot wouldn’t come out.

Along came a grey squirrel- skitter scatter scamper.  “Do you need help?” she asked.  “Oh yes please,” the bunny said.  So Bunny grabbed onto the top of the carrot and Squirrel grabbed onto Bunny’s tail and they PULLED- mmmmph!– and they PULLED- mmmmph!  But the carrot wouldn’t come out.

Along came a green turtle- step…step… step…  “Do you need help?” he asked.  “Oh, yes please,” the bunny and the squirrel said.  So Bunny grabbed onto the top of the carrot and Squirrel grabbed onto Bunny’s tail and Turtle grabbed onto Squirrel’s tail and they PULLED- mmmmph!– and they PULLED- mmmmph!  But the carrot wouldn’t come out.

(That must be a really BIG carrot.  Bigger than big!  What are some more words for big?)

Bunny was so sad and hungry he started to cry sniffle-sniffle-snuff.  Along came a little white mouse.  “Do you need help?” she asked in her high squeaky voice.

“How can YOU help?” laughed Squirrel.

“You are TOO SMALL,” Turtle said.

“And this carrot is way TOO BIG!” Bunny added.

“Let me try,” said Mouse.  So Bunny grabbed onto the top of the carrot and Squirrel grabbed onto Bunny’s tail and Turtle grabbed onto Squirrel’s tail and Mouse grabbed onto Turtle and they PULLED- mmmmph!– and they PULLED- mmmmph!  And sure enough, the BIG ENORMOUS CARROT CAME OUT!

“Oh, thank you!” cried Bunny, and he shared his BIG ENORMOUS carrot with all his new friends.

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Credit: adapted from the traditional folk tale as told by Judy Sierra in the Flannel Board Storytelling Book

Pattern: click here

*Note the pattern includes a snail- I ran out of time to make one, so I snagged a mouse from another set instead!  Also the tail of the original squirrel as pictured ended up ripping off pretty easily, so I am going to make a new squirrel with a “thicker” tail based on the pattern included in the download.

This was a HUGE hit with the preschool crowd!  I just loved the synonyms they came up with for big- my absolute favorite was “beastly.”

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the full spring-themed storytime preschool plan and don’t forget to check out the other Flannel Friday fun at Fun with Friends at Storytime.  You can also check out the Flannel Friday websitePinterest, or Facebook page!

Flannel Friday: Ahhh Choo! with Tulips & Toddlers

ah choo tulips

Happy Flannel Friday!  Hope everyone had a good week.  (We won’t talk about mine.  All that needs to be said is FINALS…. dun dun dun!)  Thank you to Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime for hosting the round-up this week.  You can also check out the Flannel Friday websitePinterest, or Facebook page!

I actually had a break from storytime this week (thank goodness, I had so much homework) so the flannels I’m presenting are from last week.  Also like my last FF posts I have 2 to share with you- one set I used with toddlers and the other set I used with preschoolers.  I think I will continue to do this as much as possible in the future.  They really are such different age groups that things go so much smoother if I just end up making two different plans.

Many thanks to Maria at The Serpentine Library for putting me onto this rhyme and the fun book Finger Tales by Joan Hilyer.  I can’t wait for my copy to get in and see what other fun rhymes are in store!  I adapted the original rhyme a bit to be tulips instead of flowers (easier to draw) and added some more actions, but other than that the words are mostly the same.

5 pretty tulips (hold up 5 fingers)

in the meadow grew.

“Hmm,” I said (tap chin)

“I bet they smell pretty too!”

So I bent down to sniff (pretend to sniff)

But they tickled my nose!

Ah-ah-choo! (pretend to sneeze)

Oh no- away 1 flower blows!

(repeat with 4,3,2,1)

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Credit: adapted from Joan Hilyer’s Finger Tales

Pattern: click here

The toddlers had a ton of fun making huge sneezes and blowing the tulips the away!  I think for now I will stick to fun guessing/interactive flannels for the little guys, they seem to go over the best with the crowd.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the full spring-themed toddler plan!