Category: Flannels

Flannel Friday: Baa Baa Black Sheep

This prop song from the archive (seriously, it was the first prop I ever made!) comes from Melissa at Mel’s Desk.

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I double-side each sheep with their bags of wool. I switch the prop sticks back and forth as we sing. This is one of my favorites to use with babies because of the great black and white contrast that their eyes love so much. My toddlers find it equally as entertaining when we change the color of the sheep. And it makes a great pairing with Mem Fox’s Where is the Green Sheep?.

Once upon a time, there was Microsoft clip art that was easy to modify. And then Microsoft took it down. I’m sorry I don’t have the original files anymore.


Kate is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Flannel Friday: The Great Hot Air Balloon Race

A flannelboard inspired by Destination Storytime: The Great Hot Air Balloon Race!

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I let each child take a turn rolling the dice that I bought from Constructive Playthings — where I had put a matching piece of cardstock for each balloon color. The first balloon to hit the top of the flannelboard won! (I did have to stop moving them up so much when it was clear that blue was winning and I still had a few kids that needed a chance to roll.)

I used this hot balloon clip art as my template and made up the designs on the balloons. You can do anything with your balloons — I had the chance to see Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico in 2012 and there really is a balloon for everything!


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Flannel Friday: Bears!

Both flannels today are inspired by previous Flannel Fridays! First up, Melissa from Mel’s Desk’s: “Five Bears”.

Melissa has the template available for download. I did use embroidery for the eyes since these pieces are handled by kiddos. But I used a rhyme from Anne at So Tomorrow with Melissa’s bears. (I did tweak it a bit since I didn’t have a teddy bear. You might notice that grizzly bears and black bears have a lot in common…)

All Types of Bears
To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Grizzly bears are big and brown, big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown, and live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white, soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white and live where it’s cold.

Panda bears are black and white, black and white, black and white,
Panda bears are black and white, and live with bamboo.

Koala bears have great big ears, great big ears, great big ears.
Koala bears have great big ears and live high in a tree.

Black bears are big and tall, big and tall, big and tall.
Black bears are big and tall, and live in the woods.

And next, from Kari’s My Storytime Life:

Kari based her flannelboard on a book. I used her rhyme and told the kids that we were looking for the three smallest balls for Jack to juggle. I kept switching balls out until all the right little balls were on the board. The kids were enamored with this one!


There is no round-up today due to the holiday, but I made a resolution to post EVERY Friday this year and I’m keeping it! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Flannel Friday: Community Helpers

Two Community Helpers activities for you today!! I used them both in Staying Safe! outreach storytime.

“What Is My Job?” Sung to: “Are You Sleeping?”
What is my job?
What is my job?
Can you guess?
Can you guess?
[_________________]
[_________________]
Who am I?
Who am I?
*Other verses: I help people get well (doctor). I make meals for you (chef). I keep your pets healthy (veterinarian). I put out the fires (firefighter). I grow food for you (farmer). I help you cross the street (crossing guard). I can help you stay safe (police officer).
Modified from: Preschool Education, Music, & Songs

I bought the clip from Etsy shop PaperiePixel.

&

“Little Cat”
Little Cat, Little Cat,
Are you under the (farmer’s) hat?

I got the template from Making Learning Fun. I used the cat from my Farm Pack set.


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Flannel Friday: Five Hungry Ants

A very out-of-place summertime & bug flannelboard today:

Rhyme: “Five Hungry Ants”
Five hungry ants, marching in a line,
Came upon a picnicwhere they could dine.
They marched into the salad,they marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper….uh oh, that was a mistake!
AHHHH-CHOOO!
(count down)
Credit: Miss Mary Liberry

I made this using a clip art template for my ant. I blew it up in Publisher to get the right size. I used pipe cleaners (attached with hot glue) to make the antennae.

This was made for bugs storytime after it was such a success as a fingerplay in picnic storytime.


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Flannel Friday: Five Snowmen

A winter-y wonderland for today’s Flannel Friday!

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I used this in Snowmen themed storytime. I didn’t make the sled in time for the storytime and still haven’t made one!

“Five Snowmen Riding on a Sled”
Five snowmen riding on a sled
One fell off and bumped his head
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said
No more snowmen riding on that sled
(Continue in this fashion until you get to zero)
Credit: Preschool Music & Education

I also used these snowmen last winter in Hats, Mittens, & Scarves storytime. Originally, the snowmen had black hats. I peeled those off and updated with the brightly colors hats and scarves. I sewed the buttons on to match and asked the kids to help me match up the scarves and mittens in a discussion game. They had a great time!


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Flannel Friday: Eight (Nine, Really) Planets

An out-of-this-world flannel!

I originally made this laminated flannelboard at my old library. I don’t know where the pieces went in the moving process. (I honestly think I left behind nearly all of the laminated flannels in a file cabinet I didn’t clean out in time.)

Anyways, I used it in Number Nine! storytime and then re-made it this summer to use in outreach Space! storytime. I did make Pluto because we were having storytime on the day that Pluto pictures were revealed (!!!) and I wanted to talk about that. This is just a discussion based ordering flannel. No special rhymes!

The new set features clip art from Etsy shop JWIllustrations.


There is no round-up today due to the holiday, but I made a resolution to post EVERY Friday this year and I’m keeping it! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Flannel Friday: Pancakes

This week’s Flannel Friday is all about yummy breakfast food! (Although I’m still Team Waffle.)

“Who Wants a Pancake?”
Who wants a pancake, piping hot?
“I’ll take the one with butter on top.”
Who wants a pancake, fresh off the griddle?
“I’ll take the one with butter in the middle.”
(More toppings: syrup, blueberries, strawberries, sugar)
Credit: Storytime Source Page

I would have used this flannelboard with my Pancakes Storytime! But since I left before performing the storytime, it’s just hung around the Storytime Katie archives waiting for a chance to be used.


Kathryn is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Flannel Friday: Slippery Fish

Today’s prop stick song is all about Slippery Fish!

I learned this song at Midwinter 2015 (? I think?) at Guerrilla Storytime. Anyways, Jbrary has you covered in case you don’t know the song. Lyrics are below:

Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an …

Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Tuna fish, tuna fish, flashing in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … Gulp! … Gulp! … BURP!
(Cover your mouth.) Excuse me!

I bought my clip from Etsy and I didn’t stick to the lyrics that Jbrary had on their video. Pictured from left to right in my picture: (top) Jellyfish/twirling in the water, Octopus/squiggling in the water, Humongous whale/spouting in the water (bottom) Slippery fish/swimming through the water, Puffer fish/puffing in the water, Seahorse/flashing in the water, Little crab/pinching in the water

I love that I have all of these options for new vocabulary and actions depending on my group. I might only use slippery fish, crab, and whale in toddler time. But in preschool storytime, I’d use every one!

I laminated the clip art and backed it with self-stick popsicle sticks.


Kim is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Flannel Friday: Two Little Turkeys

Just in time for you to make some for the Thanksgiving holiday! This template and inspiration came from Frog Paper Paperie.

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I used this in an outreach Thanksgiving storytime from TWO years ago (I know, I know!) with the rhyme of “Two Little Turkeys”:

Two little turkeys sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(sitting on a pole/fast and slow & sitting on a cloud/quiet and loud)

Preschoolers love this rhyme and I’m thrilled to continually make new versions of finger puppets to go with it!


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