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Flannel Friday: Red, White, & Blue

Today’s flannelboard is a long overdue post that was inspired by Melissa of Mel’s Desk!

I used this a very long time ago in “Letter U” storytime. The kids had a great time telling Miss Katie how wrong she was about the various colors. They didn’t guess what was coming but after the flag was up it all made sense to them!

I wound re-making this flannelboard when I got to my new library. I had printed clip-art pieces for the first one and since we had a TON of brand new Ellison die-cuts for me to play with, I couldn’t resist, haha.


There is no Flannel Friday today in honor of American Independence Day, but I vowed to post a flannelboard every week this year and I can’t break that resolution!

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Flannel Friday: Animal Flashcards

Adorable animal flashcards are this week’s prop!

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I used these in toddler storytime and sang “Where is Animal?” to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”

Prop Song: “Where Are Animals?”**
Where is [animal]? Where is [animals]?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
Credit: Modified from childhood

I purchased this clip art from Pink Pueblo’s Etsy shop. Each animal print-out was backed with a piece of blue cardstock for stability. Then, together, they were laminated.


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Flannel Friday: Lots of Cars!

Today’s flannelboard was one I found at Miss Meg’s Storytime!

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“Lots of Cars”
There are lots of cars driving down the street (pretend to have a steering wheel)
Tell me what color do you see? (place color car on felt board)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep!
There are lots of cars driving down the street!

I used Homemade by Jill’s car template which I had pinned on Pinterest a few years back. I kept my cars really simple since I was using this flannelboard in toddlers and wanted them to be able to play with them afterwards.


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Flannel Friday: Zoo Puppets

Another gorgeous, GORGEOUS set of finger puppets from Widia’s Etsy shop FloralBlossom.

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I am adding these for the song “You Can Hear” as I did with the first set.


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Flannel Friday: If You’re Going to the Pool…

This clip art flannelboard should be perfect for the weather! (At least I hope so. I’m scheduling this and Chicago is expecting another minor snow storm tomorrow — 4 to 6 inches….in MARCH.)

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“If You’re Going” (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit,
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit,
If you’re going to the pool, then a suit will keep you cool
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit.
(Additional verses: hat, flip flops, sunglasses)

I used this way back a long, long time ago in summer storytime. I have the credit listed at Melissa from Mel’s Desk in the write-up, but the link no longer shows this song on Melissa’s plan. So I might have goofed!

The clip art was from Microsoft, which I cannot believe how badly I miss!


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Flannel Friday: Color Zoo

Today’s original flannelboard is a very special one to my heart. It’s based on Lois Ehlert’s Color Zoo:

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“Color Zoo” is the first book I remember being read to me in my kindergarten school library. I was enthralled with this book and was so thankful that Mr. J read it to us! It’s a perfect memory — I remember that carpeted sunken reading area so well. I can even tell you where the Pinkerton books are if you happen to have a time-turner.

For the template, I made photocopies of the book and used that as my patterns. There is a LOT of measuring if you choose to make it this way, which mirrors the book. You can always do it as a build-your-own like Lisa from Libraryland did.

I used this flannelboard in a shapes theme for a partnership storytime (Play to Learn with the DuPage Children’s Museum) this fall and for a boxes theme for my family storytimes. Both groups really enjoyed it, in particular my family storytime group!


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Flannel Friday: All The Little Germs

This flannelboard was inspired by LibraryQuine!

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All the little germs, dirty and mean,
Hiding on your palms, (point to where they’re hiding)
Where they cannot be seen.
Wash them, (rub hands together)
Scrub them, (rub knuckles together)
Rinse them away. (whisk hands across each other)
Then we’ll have clean hands, (hold hands out palm up)
Hip, hip, hooray! (jazz hands!)

(More verses: Hiding between your fingers, Hiding behind your hands, Hiding on your thumbs, Hiding under nails, Hiding on your wrists)

I used this in Manners storytime when I talked to the kids about keeping our hands clean to be polite to our friends. I also used this in a recent “I’m Sick/Ouches” storytime. The kids loved pretend scrubbing their own hands and parents/caregivers love the reminder that hand washing is necessary and healthy!


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Flannel Friday: Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed

This is week two of two to extend the “Five Little Monkeys” set I posted two weeks ago.

Since I already had the monkeys, it was time to make the bed! I decided not to make a mama monkey or a doctor monkey to keep things as simple as possible. I know many pre-made sets have both, but I dislike moving pieces around on the flannelboard.

I have a template available for the bed here! You can get the monkeys from Melissa’s template here.


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Flannel Friday: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This is week one of two to extend the “Five Little Monkeys” set I posted last week.

Pull out a copy of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and print out your favorite font to make some letters!

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Since I already have the palm tree made, this is a great way to stretch out its use!

(I couldn’t resist having one shot with the tree as well!)


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Flannel Friday: Five Little Monkeys

Today’s post came from Melissa at Mel’s Desk, who made an amazing template for you to make your own monkeys!

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And I just couldn’t resist taking an up-close picture of the sleepy monkey. He’s too cute not to!

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So this set is for “Five Little Monkeys Swinging In the Tree”, but for the next two weeks I’ll show you how to extend this set and make it work for multiple flannels.


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