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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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Flannel Friday: Turkey Color Match-Up

I got this flannelboard from Confessions of a Homeschooler — which also has a template for you to download!

I used this in an outreach Thanksgiving storytime last year. I had a great time with this group and asked them to help me match turkey’s feathers to his buttons. This lead to great conversations about color and we did this several times so each child could button the feather to turkey.

I’m not sure if I’ll be using this flannelboard again any time soon because I do not do holiday storytimes unless it’s an outreach request. But maybe sooner than I think!


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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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