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Flannel Friday: Braille Counting/Match

When I was originally brainstorming for my Languages storytime, I wanted to incorporate as many languages as possible. While Braille isn’t classified as a language, but rather as a writing system (from my understanding), I still wanted to include it to talk to my kiddos about the different way people communicate.

To make this flannelboard, I used puffy paint to create the raised dots. I tried to use the same color puffy paint as I did for the matching felt number so that it was easier for the kiddos.

I passed out the numbers set and had the Braille set on the board. I asked if anyone had the number one and the child who did would (hopefully) come up and be able to run their hand over the Braille number one. And so forth. If I had had over ten kids at this storytime, I would have passed out all of the pieces. Then I would have asked the child with number one to come up and put it on the board. Then I would have asked if someone had a dot piece with hot pink paint. Both kids would then be able to touch the Braille piece for number one.

I used a posterboard set of numbers as my template for the numbers. Other than that, I freehanded black squares.

The kids were very excited to get to come up and pet the flannelboard (which is one of their favorite activities). And they did a great job matching the matches!


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Flannel Friday: Superheroes!

Up, up, and away! Superheroes!

I bought this clipart on Etsy from revidevi, which is one of my favorite clip art stores. I made sure to get clipart that had both female and male superheroes, and I really liked how preschool-like the kids were.

I used this in Superheroes storytime with the song “Ten Little Heroes” modified from a childhood song that I’m sure you all know and recognize:

One little, two little, three little heroes
Four little, five little, six little heroes
Seven little, eight little, nine little heroes
Ten heroes ready to fly!
(count down)

or you could use it with this fingerplay that I got from Jbrary:

Five superheroes ready to fly,
Here comes a villain. Stop that guy!
This superhero can save the day.
Off he/she flies – up, up, and away!

Either rhyme/song you chose, it will be sure to be an excellent time!


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Flannel Friday: Where Is Truck?

Today, I have a set of props to go with a Thumbkin piggyback song!

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These are laminated pieces clipart, backed by construction paper. I’ve used these for years in different kinds of “things that go” storytimes. I had two of each card and hide them both behind my back as I sing:

Tune: Where is Thumbkin?
Where is pick-up truck? Where is pick-up truck?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.
(Tow truck, dump truck, moving truck, firetruck)

If I were making them now, I might choose instead to do a set with photographs so that kids could see the real trucks instead of the clipart ones.


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Flannel Friday: Counting Windows

Today’s Flannel Friday was inspired by Artistic Literacy — counting windows!

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These are so versatile — you can use them every time you do a “Five Little Whatsits” rhyme.

Protip: Craft stores often sell felt letters as stickers. Use them to your advantage when making this set!


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Flannel Friday: Five Little Alligators

A quick laminated set of alligators for this Flannel Friday!

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This was a clipart alligator and I just made five of him/her. I used this in Alligators & Crocodiles storytime, with this rhyme from Esther Storytimes:

One little alligator swimming in a pool
Another comes along and now there are two
Two little alligators swimming by a tree
Another comes along and now there are three
Three little alligators swimming near the shore
Another comes along and now there are four
Four little alligators swim, splash, and dive
Another comes along and now there are five
Five little alligators having lots of fun
Mama calls, “It’s time for bed!” and now the fun is done!

It occurs to me as I write this post that these could also potentially be crocodiles because I have no idea what the difference between the two animals are! Maybe the clipart will work for both.


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Flannel Friday Round-Up 1/30

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, you are more than welcome to leave a link in the comments if the linking tool doesn’t work! I’m keeping the linking tool open until midnight on Friday (Central time) since it’s ALA Midwinter and we could all use a little extra time. Looking forward to everyone’s amazing submissions!

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Flannel Friday: Butterfly Props

Even though I’m scheduling this post ahead of time (it’s actually 12/10 as I write this), I’m sure that it’s safe to say that I’m ready for spring. (I am not a winter person.)

So today’s post is looking ahead to warmer weather with some butterfly props.

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I made these ridiculously easy props for the kids to use while I sing “Flutter, Flutter”. I bought a set of foam shapes and some self-stick popsicle sticks and a few minutes later, boom, prop! Words to the song are below:

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the spring sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the spring sky

The kids love having their own way to act out the song, especially if I’m using one of my butterfly finger puppets at the same time!


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Flannel Friday: Goldfish Puppets!

These adorable goldfish finger puppets come from Library Quine who was inspired by Lisa.

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You can see from my hand picture that the goldfish are pretty big. I wanted to make them big so I used them as stick puppets that they would be seen by kiddos. Like Lisa, I’ve used these with the Laurie Berkner song “The Goldfish” and swam around the room with the kids and puppets.

Unfortunately, it looks like the original site with the template no longer exists. So I traced my puppets to make a template, which is available here.

Happy flanneling!


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Flannel Friday: Shape Game

A Flannel Friday post inspired by possibly the best hugger in the world, Brooke at Reading With Red!

(No, seriously, I think Brooke has the hugger title locked in.)

The shape game!

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I started using this flannel immediately after starting my position and taking on baby time. I scoured websites looking for ideas and I have to report: there’s something magical about the shape game. I would hide another flannel piece behind one of the shapes and talk to the babies and caregivers.

One by one, I would “eliminate” one shape as I talked about it. All of these guesses would end with some variation of “No, it’s not under there. Let’s try another shape!”

“Can we find a shape that makes a noise? What about the heart? What kind of sound does it make?”

“Which shape has three points?”

“Miss Katie is wearing a dress that matches a shape. What color is it?”

I always keep the object hidden until the very last shape. Then our theme for the day is revealed!

The shapes are are large as I could get them on a 9×12 piece of felt. The star is the tiniest, so I hide things under it very rarely.


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Flannel Friday: Song Cube

A different kind of Flannel Friday to kick off the New Year!

This is my hugely successful, used in nearly every toddler storytime, song cube. The first time I saw this prop used was from Melissa at Mel’s Desk. Since then I’ve seen it in a whole lot of places because it’s the best thing ever.

And here’s mine:

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I have six songs on my cube and since I use the cube in every program, I also took the time to pair up each song with an early literacy tip:

ABCs — If you child is having trouble with mashing up LMNOP, try singing the ABCs to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to break up those syllables.

Five Green and Speckled Frogs — Counting helps to develop early math skills and prepares children for school readiness.

I’m a Little Teapot — Pretending helps your child develop their imagination. By pretending to be a teapot, we are encouraging dramatic play.

Itsy Bitsy Spider — Because we sing Itsy Bitsy Spider three ways (Itsy Bitsy, Teensy Weensy, Great Big Hairy), we are giving children more vocabulary. And repetition helps with learning!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star — Lullabies or other slow songs can help children to relax. Sing this song when you need your child to settle down.

Wheels on the Bus — Songs like “Wheels on the Bus” teach children about how things work. You can expand this song throughout different places and include new lyrics.

As for the actual construction, I went a bit advanced and bought these dice to use as the contents. It’s saved me from a lot of “OH MY GOODNESS, DON’T CRUSH THE CUBE, HELPFUL TODDLERS” stress. After that, it’s laminated pieces taped together with book tape. No one has destroyed it yet!


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