Flannel Friday: Red Crane, Red Crane

Inspired by Emma Garcia’s fabulous book Tip Tip Dig Dig and Jane at Piper Loves the Library, I give you:


I typically use this as an extension activity after reading the book. I do a take on “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”:

Red crane, red crane, what do you see?
I see a yellow digger looking at me.
Yellow digger, yellow digger, what do you see?
I see a purple mixer looking at me.

It doesn’t have the perfect cadence at “Brown Bear”, but the kids really enjoy the mash-up. I did run into a small problem at storytime this past fall when my parents tried to chime in with me, but couldn’t stay with me on beat as I changed speed to make the rhyme fit. I warned the next group ahead of time to just let me do my thing, haha.

As for the template, I photocopied the pages from the book to make my pieces. I used the biggest spreads, but I would consider shrinking it down if I were making this flannel again!

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10 comments on “Flannel Friday: Red Crane, Red Crane

  1. Jane Breen
    September 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    Absolutely wonderful!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Rachel
    February 26, 2021 at 9:22 am #

    Hi! These flannels are wonderful! I’m wondering how you got the variations of color on the felt. I’m hoping to make my own soon, and I would love it if mine could look half as good! šŸ™‚

    • Katie
      July 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm #

      I definitely painted the felt sheets before I cut out the construction vehicles.

      I used fabric paint (the puffy paint you can find at most craft stores) and a TOOTHBRUSH to paint. šŸ˜€


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