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Flannel Friday: Five Little Starfish

An inspired by inspired by Flannel Friday offering: Five Little Starfish!

I was looking for a good flannelboard to help me clean up my scrap piles this past fall and stumbled on this little gem that Dorothy wrote, inspired by Nicole!

Five Little Starfish
Five little starfish by the shore,
The yellow one got lost and that left four
Four little starfish in the sea,
The blue one swam far, far away and that left three.
Three little starfish in the ocean so blue,
The red one took a seahorse ride and that left two.
Two little starfish in the sun,
The orange one took a dive and that left one.
One little starfish swimming along,
It was time for him to go home and that left none.
Credit: The Wielded Pen (with inspiration from Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime)

I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I know the opportunity will eventually present itself now that I’m at a new library! I’m going to modify the colors since I was just trying to use scraps and I never have red scraps for some reason.

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Flannel Friday: Ice Cream Colors

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

I couldn’t resist making the whole I scream, you scream pun. Here’s a great summertime (a little bit early — but maybe someone is doing ICE CREAM SCIENCE?) flannelboard for you to grab.

Flannelboard: “Ice Cream Colors”
We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.
Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.
Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.
Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.
Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!
Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a heavenly sight.
Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.
Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.
Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!
Credit: Step By Step

I’ve used this in summer, sweets, the Letter I, colors, and probably another dozen themes are possible.

Another first flannelboard for me — this is the first one that I freehanded! Since I freehanded it, I went ahead and traced it and uploaded it as a pattern for you, available here! Enjoy!

Anne will be hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Flannel Friday: Ten Fluffy Chickens

I have a great springtime rhyme for you today: Ten Fluffy Chickens!

This wonderful flannelboard came from the one and only Melissa at Mel’s Desk. This was another of my first flannels and posting about it in bird storytime resulting in Melissa commenting on my blog for the first time ever. (Which…um…I totally didn’t fangirl or run around my job squeeing about. No matter what you might have heard.)

Here’s the rhyme:

Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is Mother Hen
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
Yellow as can be!

And for the pattern, I used Microsoft clip art to get the images. You can also use Melissa’s (or my) picture, blow it up and print it out if you don’t have access to clip art. Or find some new clip art of your own!

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Happy Anniversary, Flannel Friday!

ff-birthdayHappy 3rd anniversary, Flannel Friday!!!

I can’t even begin to express my appreciation for Flannel Friday and what it has done for me. You guys *saved* me when it came to professional learning and development. My first library was very small and for a number of more recent years, I was the only degree-holding children’s librarian. Flannel Friday and the contacts I made from it are invaluable to me. I wish we could all have a giant Internet hug right now. ::hug::

I will NEVER forget reading that PUBYAC post inviting us to participate and immediately settling down to write a post. So, I thought I’d do a little bit of everything: a bit of reflection, a peek at my to-do, and some of my personal favorites over the years.

I love seeing the evolution of flannelboards and the different intepretations of stories! We have a bunch of universal flannels, but one in particular seems to pop up everywhere, Dog’s Colorful Day: Me, before Flannel Friday even existed!, Nicole 4.27.11, Anne 5.27.11, Bridget 9.2.11, Danielle 3.2.12, Library Quine & Kendra 9.9.11, Tracey 4.13.12, Sarah’s dinosaur twist 5.18.12, Andrea 11.15.12, & Amy 2.21.14!

[If I missed your Dog post, please link it in the comments & I'll update it!]

One of my favorite things are tutorials. Whether it’s how to store your materials (Lisa from Thrive After Three) to how make a board (Library Quine at Loons & Quines) or repurpose a board (Lisa at Libraryland) to mastering puffy paint (Mary at Miss Mary Liberry), to making your own patterns (Melissa at Mel’s Desk).

So, thanks again, Flannel Friday! Pretty soon it’ll be four years…five years…fifteen years with you still going strong!

Anne is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Flannel Friday: Ten Umbrellas & Raindrops

Another favorite flannelboard that I can’t believe I haven’t posted before! This is a super simple one to make and it can be used for so many different storytimes! I’ve used it in spring, rain, letter U, and number ten!

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Umbrellas & Ten Little Raindrops”
One little, two little, three little umbrellas
Four little, five little, six little umbrellas
Seven little, eight little, nine little umbrellas
Ten umbrellas up for the rain
Repeat with raindrops going on top of umbrellas – last line “Ten raindrops falling down.” Pull raindrops away, counting down – last line “No raindrops out today.” Pull umbrellas away, counting down – last line, “Everything’s put away!”

As for the pattern, I just used Microsoft clip art as my template. It was very easy to find both an umbrella and a raindrop.

Anne will be hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Flannel Friday: Ten Little Dinosaurs

This week, I bring you a flannelboard I’ve used ridiculously often since dinosaurs are a favorite storytime theme of mine: Ten Little Dinos! And it even fits into the science theme, though it isn’t chemistry or physics.

I use this flannelboard with this song:

Ten Little Dinos
One little, two little, three little dinos
Four little, five little, six little dinos
Seven little, eight little, nine little dinos
Ten little dinos for me!

I cannot find the pattern for these dinosaurs in my files, but Melissa also has an awesome pattern available on her website. I would totally recommend using hers, especially since she had a Pterodactyl.

Amy will be hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Flannel Friday: If You Have a…

Today’s Flannel Friday is a super simple clip art easy Flannel that I make ALL THE TIME.

To make this, I find a clip art pattern that I want to use and change its color in Paint. I make twenty-thirty pieces with at least five colors. I print out and laminate each bike (or fire engine or whatever), attaching sticky-back felt to the back of the laminated piece!

Then, in storytime I sing this song to the tune of The Muffin Man:

If you have a red bike,
A red bike, a red bike,
If you have a red bike,
bring it to the board!

The kids come up and place their pieces on the flannelboard, which they love to interact with. I typically do this flannel in addition to a more traditional story, song, or rhyme flannel. The response to this flannel has been wonderful — the kids practice their color knowledge, interacting with me, and taking turns with their peers!

Kathryn will be hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Flannel Friday Round-Up 10/25

Good morning! It’s the Flannel Friday round-up for 10/25!

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: Astronauts!

Today’s Flannel Friday is our Halloween extravaganza! I don’t have a Halloween flannel to share since I don’t do Halloween storytime at the library (only outreach!), but I will tie this back to Halloween!

The one costume I never got to dress up as and always wanted to was an…

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astronaut! But now I have two astronauts to wear while doing any number of rhymes:

Two little astronauts afraid of the Sun,
One blasts off, now there is one.
One little astronaut alone is no fun,
He blasts off, now there are none.

Climb Aboard the Shuttle
Climb aboard the shuttle,
We’re going to the moon.
Hurry and get ready,
We’re going to blast off soon.
Put on your helmets,
And buckle up real tight.
Here comes the countdown,
Let’s count with all our might.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1—BLAST OFF!!

Both rhymes from this awesome storytime/powerpoint, here.

I also do “Two Little Whatevers” a lot since my kids LOVE that rhyme. Even though astronauts don’t normally sit on a hill or wall, I think I can make a quick “Two little astronauts sitting on a SPACE HILL” adjustment and they’ll stay with me!

The template came from Crack of Dawn Crafts.


K is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Flannel Friday Round-Up 5/17

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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