Flannel Friday: Summer Shapes

This week, I did a flannel from Melissa at Mel’s Desk! She did this super cute shape game and I repeated it with my 3-7 year old storytime group.

To start, I had all the shapes turned over, so that they were just shapes. (The kite string and popsicle stick just got tucked under their pieces.) Then, I asked the kids what they thought the shapes could be if they were summer items. My kids guessed the sun, the ice cream cone, and the kite without prompting. The beach towel and popsicle were easier after a bit of discussion — ie “What do we need to go to the beach?”

The pinwheel STUMPED them. I put all four triangles up and finally someone said, “FIREWORKS!” I congratulated them (because we had just read a book with fireworks in it, and my little girl was trying to draw connections between what we read and what we did on the board, and she’s only three!) and then I moved on.

All in all, this was a GREAT flannel, and one that the kids enjoyed and I felt made me a better librarian (for having a discussion with them instead of just saying a rhyme)!

And we’re back at Mel’s Desk this week for the round-up! Look for it there!

8 comments on “Flannel Friday: Summer Shapes

  1. MelissaZD
    June 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Beautiful! It looks great! And I LOVE your addition of a kite with a tail!

  2. julie
    June 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I just discovered your site a couple of weeks ago and I’m so glad I did. You have so many great ideas. Storytime is my single most challenging part of the job because I’ve always had public speaking/presenting fears. But I’m learning that if I really take the time to prepare, it eases the nervousness because I’m confident that I’m presenting a well-planned program. I already made two flannelboards inspired by this site (“Dear Zoo” and the adorable 5 hoot owls). Thanks for maintaining such a great blog!

    • Katie
      June 30, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I, too, was terrified of public speaking when I first started. The planning really does help!

  3. Kristin
    July 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I just discovered your site about a month ago. What great ideas! I’ve already incorporated some of your flannelboard ideas into my storytimes. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    • Katie
      July 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      You’re very welcome!

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