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Flannel Friday: Five Little Boats

And now for a recently re-done flannelboard: Five Little Boats!

This was the only flannelboard I accidentally lost in the move between my libraries. I know that it’s *somewhere*, but to be honest — it wasn’t a super great flannelboard. It was done quickly before a storytime and instead of finding it, I thought I just re-make it using this Pinterest pin as inspiration/template.

I forgot, however, the original rhyme which really doesn’t work for having two sailboats and no rowboats:

“Five Little Boats”
The first little boat went chug, chug, chug.
The second little boat went tug, tug, tug.
The third little boat went row, row, row.
The fourth little boat went ohhhh sooooo slooooooow.
Here comes the sailboat, watch it go!

So I found this rhyme “Five Little Sailboats” on Felt Board Ideas and modified it to work with my boats:

“Five Little Boats” (Tune: Five Little Ducks)
Five little boats went out one day
Over the waves and far away
With the wind, they begin to rock
One little boat returns to the dock


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Flannel Friday: Maisy Drives the Bus

This week’s flannelboard is inspired by Jane of Piper Loves the Library! After she posted her Maisy Drives the Bus flannel, I knew I had to recreate it!

(For those of you who may not have access to the book since it’s out of print, here’s a YouTube video where the book is read aloud.)

Like Jane, I omitted Eddie’s part in the bus. And I tried the stained glass technique of backing the felt pieces with a black outline — I love how it looks! But I didn’t want a head to fall off accidentally and traumatize a child, so I made doubles of the head to ride on the bus.


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Flannel Friday: Green Says Go

A prop for this week’s Flannel Friday!

I originally found this from Leah’s blog Toddler Storytime:

Action Rhyme: “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)

I’ve used this in countless storytimes, but first made the props last fall (2014) at my library. It’s a really quick prop — some imperfect circles free-handed and a couple of sticky-back jumbo popsicle sticks!


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Flannel Friday: The Shape Story

Today’s flannelboard comes from Miss Kristie at The Library Village — The Shape Story!

No template for this one still I free-handed it. This worked really well in my toddler storytime! We practiced identifying shapes as I told the story and my older toddlers were able to say “house” or “tree” at the end of the flannelboard. I also used this in a preschool outreach/partnership storytime with the DuPage Children’s Museum and they LOVED it. Afterwards, I let the preschoolers build with the shapes from this story and from this flannelboard. We had a great time!


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Flannel Friday: Scat the Cat

This week’s Flannel Friday is a folder story from the Storytime Katie archives. I made this years and years ago when Anne of So Tomorrow first posted about the amazing Scat the Cat!

Anne has direction and links to the templates that I used to make this fabulous folder story. I’ve used this in colors storytime and cats/pets storytimes. It is one of those amazing props where you become a magician in the children’s eyes. I absolutely love using this with preschoolers/family storytimes, but I’ve also done it in toddlers too.


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Flannel Friday: A-P-P-L-E

I hope you’re ready to start thinking school time. (We’re almost near the end of summer reading, I promise!)

Today’s “BINGO” spin-off came from Erin at Falling Flannelboards!

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“A-P-P-L-E” (Tune: BINGO)
I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E
And apple is its name-o.

[As the song goes on…]

I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E, Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E, Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E
And apple is its name-o.

Erin has a template available to download on her site. I simply used her template and laminated the pieces. I used this song in my toddler apple storytimes from last fall.


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Flannel Friday: Baby Animals

A long, long, long, long, LONG ago clip art flannelboard from Melissa at Mel’s Desk!

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Sadly, these adorable clip-art animals are no longer available in Microsoft Office. :(

Melissa has SO MANY IDEAS at her post. I went with the simplest one and the kids helped “guide” me to the right pair in babies storytime.


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Flannel Friday: Hearts Matching

[Edited…this fits in with our Shark Week theme because I love sharks!]

This hearts matching game was inspired by Lisa from Libraryland!

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These hearts were made with an Ellison die-cut machine. I went home and puffy painted them. (The ones that look smeared were created because I messed up the design I was working with or because the puffy paint sputtered!)

I used these in toddler storytime (theme: hugs and kisses) and had the toddler find their match “friend” and put them on the board together. Obviously the toddlers needed parent/caregiver help, but that was just my tricky way of getting everyone to participate!


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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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