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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: 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: 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: Lots of Cars!

Today’s flannelboard was one I found at Miss Meg’s Storytime!

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“Lots of Cars”
There are lots of cars driving down the street (pretend to have a steering wheel)
Tell me what color do you see? (place color car on felt board)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep!
There are lots of cars driving down the street!

I used Homemade by Jill’s car template which I had pinned on Pinterest a few years back. I kept my cars really simple since I was using this flannelboard in toddlers and wanted them to be able to play with them afterwards.


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Flannel Friday: If You’re Going to the Pool…

This clip art flannelboard should be perfect for the weather! (At least I hope so. I’m scheduling this and Chicago is expecting another minor snow storm tomorrow — 4 to 6 inches….in MARCH.)

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“If You’re Going” (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit,
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit,
If you’re going to the pool, then a suit will keep you cool
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit.
(Additional verses: hat, flip flops, sunglasses)

I used this way back a long, long time ago in summer storytime. I have the credit listed at Melissa from Mel’s Desk in the write-up, but the link no longer shows this song on Melissa’s plan. So I might have goofed!

The clip art was from Microsoft, which I cannot believe how badly I miss!


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Flannel Friday: Color Zoo

Today’s original flannelboard is a very special one to my heart. It’s based on Lois Ehlert’s Color Zoo:

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“Color Zoo” is the first book I remember being read to me in my kindergarten school library. I was enthralled with this book and was so thankful that Mr. J read it to us! It’s a perfect memory — I remember that carpeted sunken reading area so well. I can even tell you where the Pinkerton books are if you happen to have a time-turner.

For the template, I made photocopies of the book and used that as my patterns. There is a LOT of measuring if you choose to make it this way, which mirrors the book. You can always do it as a build-your-own like Lisa from Libraryland did.

I used this flannelboard in a shapes theme for a partnership storytime (Play to Learn with the DuPage Children’s Museum) this fall and for a boxes theme for my family storytimes. Both groups really enjoyed it, in particular my family storytime group!


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Flannel Friday: All The Little Germs

This flannelboard was inspired by LibraryQuine!

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All the little germs, dirty and mean,
Hiding on your palms, (point to where they’re hiding)
Where they cannot be seen.
Wash them, (rub hands together)
Scrub them, (rub knuckles together)
Rinse them away. (whisk hands across each other)
Then we’ll have clean hands, (hold hands out palm up)
Hip, hip, hooray! (jazz hands!)

(More verses: Hiding between your fingers, Hiding behind your hands, Hiding on your thumbs, Hiding under nails, Hiding on your wrists)

I used this in Manners storytime when I talked to the kids about keeping our hands clean to be polite to our friends. I also used this in a recent “I’m Sick/Ouches” storytime. The kids loved pretend scrubbing their own hands and parents/caregivers love the reminder that hand washing is necessary and healthy!


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