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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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Flannel Friday: Five Little Ducks

Another flannelboard from the archives! I think this was my second or third flannelboard.

I use this with the song “Five Little Ducks!”

Song: “Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
And only four little ducks came back
(count down until)
Sad mother duck went out one day, over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
And all of her five little ducks came back

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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!

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Flannel Friday: Cakes!

I have two Flannel Fridays for you today, that I used last fall in “Cake” storytime!

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These adorable cupcakes come from Money Saving Mom and I originally found them on Pinterest. I did attach all of the sprinkles and toppings with glue, but I left the cupcake liners, frosting, and cupcakes unattached so the kids could play around with them after storytime.

I used “Down Around the Corner” as my rhyme, with a puppet twist:
Down around the corner in the bakery shop
Were five yummy cupcakes with sprinkles on top
Along comes (puppet) with a dollar to pay
He/she buys a cupcake and takes it away
(continue with four, three, two, and one)

Since I usually have more kids that cupcakes and my next flannelboard was participatory, I grabbed some puppets to “eat” the cupcakes. The kids LOVED this.

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This counting cake came from Anne’s Library Life.

I also used it as a mix-up flannel and had the kids, one at a time, come to sort and order the cake layers. Since I had more kids, I did this flannel multiple times.

The full write-up for “Cake” storytime will be on the blog on Monday!

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Flannel Friday: Very Hungry Caterpillar

And my last — I hope — flannel from the archives, my very first flannelboard ever: The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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I’ve used this one in countless amounts of programs — Eric Carle storytime, a Very Hungry Caterpillar party, Letter C storytime, and countless others.

The templates were from DLTK, though I did not use their butterfly. I actually wound up free-handing that based on the book. The butterfly is, of course, my favorite piece.


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Flannel Friday: Mouse Paint

And yet again, another flannelboard from the Storytime Katie archives. I made this flannel version of “Mouse Paint” and posted about it in my Colors storytime, but I wanted to pull it out and highlight it for Flannel Friday.

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In the original post, I wrote this “brief” note for anyone who wanted to make their own versions:

(As a brief note — I did not make the spiraled paint splots and I did not make the dancing mice. Instead, I asked the kids to dance for the mice and we twirled our fingers in the air and I just overlapped the new color over the old. And, I did not make the paintbrushes and instead just used a real paintbrush before putting the color splots on the white piece of felt. I am all for creative flannel pieces, but I am also a big believer in the less pieces you have and the less you move the pieces around — the better the flannelboard works.)

The template for these pieces came from Kizclub.


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