Flannel Friday: Socks Match-Up

This amazing flannelboard came from Miss Mary Liberry.

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I used this in Socks and Shoes storytime. I was brave and puffy-painted it up!! I did not make an amazing Washer/Dryer tissue box though.

The kids had a great time matching up the socks and I would definitely use this again at a future storytime.


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Flannel Friday: Cat Finger Puppets!

It’s another set of finger puppets, finally photographed and up on the blog!

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The amazing pattern for this set came from FloralBlossom on Etsy again — I cannot say enough wonderful things about Widia’s shop! I used these back in Cats Storytime with this rhyme:

Action Rhyme & Puppets: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so
They run to the left, they run to the right
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
Along comes a dog, who’s in for some fun
M-e-oooow, see those kittens run!
Credit: Los Angeles Public Library


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Flannel Friday Round-Up: 9/19!

This week’s round-up will be using a linking tool again! Though it is a thumbnail version on the site, you still need to click through to see it since I’m a WordPress.com hosted blog.

Borrowing instructions that Andrea shared: To share your Flannel Friday post, please click “Add Your Link” by the cute blue frog. Please enter the URL for your post rather than your website and label your post as “Post Name (Blog Name)” i.e. “Rockets! (Storytime Katie)”

If there are any tech problems, I will be around on Twitter (@katietweetsya) and you are also welcome to leave a link if the linking tool doesn’t work! Looking forward to everyone’s amazing submissions!

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Flannel Friday: Sharks!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….

SHARK WEEK ON FLANNEL FRIDAY!

This amazing finger puppet set came from Repeat Crafter Me and includes a template, so please visit!

I’m planning on using this in storytime with a modified “Two Little Blackbirds” or with “Baby Shark.”


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Flannel Friday: Finger Puppet Glove

Today, I present my finger puppet glove. I used to have a puppet mitt at my last library and I found I really missed have that resource here. So I made my own!

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This was easily done with four simple things:

1. A hot glue gun
2. Magic stretch gloves
3. Felt stickers (I don’t know why only the owls are available online…)
4. Velcro dots

To get the gloves ready, I hot-glued a Velcro dot to each finger. I did originally try just Tacky Glue and the dot did come off after a few uses. To make sure the hot glue didn’t go through the thin layer of the glove, I used a piece of cardboard and kept it inside where the finger should go.

To make the felt stickers work with the glove, I used the back on the sticker as my pattern. I cut a piece of felt the size of the sticker, sewed a Velcro dot onto the back and glued the felt piece to the back of the sticker.

I wound up doing five different sets: monkeys, frogs, owls, birds, and snowflakes:

All in all, a little bit of a time consuming project, but highly cost-effective!


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Fast & Slow!

The Plan

Books

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Faster, Faster by Leslie Patricelli
I’m Fast by Kate McMullan
Max on His Tricycle by Max Genechten
Slow Snail by Mary Murphy
Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Tortoise and the Hare”

Flannelboard: “Green Says Go”
Green says, “Go!” (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
Slow…slow…slow
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go! Go! Go! (march fast)
Slow…slow…slow (march slowly)
and STOP! (stop)
Credit: Toddler Storytime

Action Rhyme: “This Is Big”
This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Action Rhyme: “We Can Jump”
We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stop, stop, stop
We can nod our heads for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And we can sit down really slow
Credit: 1234 More Storytimes

Fingerplay: “Two Little Snails”
Two little snails sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(cloud/quiet & loud, pole, fast & slow)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I’ve had this snail craft pinned on Pinterest since my very first Pinterest week.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Hot & Cold!

The Plan

Books

hotcold

Hot Cold by Apple Jordan
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
Today is Cold by Martha Rustad
Today is Hot by Martha Rustad

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Song: “Sunny/Snowy” (Sung to: “BINGO”)
There was a day, when it was hot and sunny was the weather
S U N N Y
S U N N Y
S U N N Y
And sunny was the weather.
Other Verses
There was a day when it was cold and snowy was the weather.
Credit: Preschool Education

Action Song: “Mister Sun”
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, hiding behind a tree
These little children are asking you to please come out so we can play with you
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me
Credit: Childhood

Nursery Rhyme: “Pease Porridge Hot”
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot nine days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot nine days old
Credit: Childhood

Puppet Song: “The Penguin Went Over the Iceberg”
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
To see what he could see,
To see what he could see,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg
To see what he could see.
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
Was all that he could see,
Was all that he could see,
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
Was all that he could see.
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (though they appear to have taken down all their songs…)

Craft

I got this idea from A Cupcake for the Teacher and was thrilled to find that she had a pattern available on Teachers Pay Teachers.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Pancakes!

The Plan

Books

pancakes

Chew, Chew, Gulp! By Lauren Thompson
Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Who Wants a Pancake?”
Who wants a pancake, piping hot?
“I’ll take the one with butter on top.”
Who wants a pancake, fresh off the griddle?
“I’ll take the one with butter in the middle.”
(More toppings: syrup, blueberries, strawberries, sugar)

Action Rhyme: “Mix a Pancake”
Mix a pancake;
stir a pancake;
pop it in a pan;
fry a pancake;
toss a pancake;
catch it if you can!
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Pat-a-Cake”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake
Pancake man!
Make me a pancake as fast as you can
Roll it and pat it
And mark it with a “B”
And put it in the pan for baby and me!
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Song: “The Pancake Man” (Tune: Muffin Man)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I got this idea from Mollie at What Happens In Storytime and the original idea came from EstherStorytimes.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Robots!

The Plan

Books

robots

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Junkyard by Mike Austin
Robots, Everywhere by Denny Hebson
Sometimes I Forget You’re a Robot by Sam Brown

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Noisy Robots”
Five noisy robots in the big toy shop,
Shiny and tall with antennae on the top.
Along came a girl with a penny one day.
Bought a noisy robot and took it away.
(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1 noisy robots)

App: “Toca Robot Lab”

Action Rhyme: “I Am a Robot”
I am a robot (march in place with ‘robot arms’)
I am a robot
Clank Clank (bend forward and back at waist)
Clank Clank (bend side-to-side at waist)
ZZZZZZZrt (Raise arms up while shaking them)
CRASH (Either fall, or ‘lose power’ or clap)
Credit: Future Librarian Superhero

Song: “If You’re a Robot”
If you’re a robot and you know it
Clank your coils (clap hands)
Clunk your gears (stomp feet)
Press your buttons (“Beep beep”)
Credit: Future Librarian Superhero

Craft

This was a craft kit from Michaels that I bought on clearance a few years back.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Money!

The Plan

Books

money

Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells
The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen
Out and About at the Bank by Nancy Attebury
You Can’t Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime by Harriet Ziefert

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”

Fingerplay: “Three Little Dollars”
Three little dollars in a wallet new,
I bought a box of crayons,
And then there were two.
Two little dollars, and before the day was done,
I bought some cookies,
And then there was one.
One little dollar, I heard it plainly say,
“I’m going into the piggy bank for a rainy day!”
Credit: Can Teach (was originally “Three Little Nickels”) via What Happens In Storytime

Song: I Had a Shiny Dime (to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
I had a shiny dime, (hold up right index finger)
I had a shiny dime,
I put it in my piggy bank, (make circle with thumb and fingers of left hand, put index finger into opening)
To spend another time.
Credit: Ready to Read at ALPL

Craft

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways. I did have plans to paperclip the non-fiction book “Out and About at the Bank” though, since it was probably going to be too long for storytime.

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