Category: Flannels

Flannel Friday: Five Noisy Robots

A flannelboard that never saw an actual storytime, but I made anyways since Anne of Anne’s Library Life made these robots look so cool!

I once again used Anne’s picture as my template. I did use sticky felt letters for the numbers though to save myself some trouble. Here’s her rhyme:

Flannelboard: “Five Noisy Robots”
Five noisy robots in the big toy shop,
Shiny and tall with antennae on the top.
Along came a girl with a penny one day.
Bought a noisy robot and took it away.
(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1 noisy robots)

Like I said, I planned the robots storytime and never performed it at my last library. I likely won’t do it at my current library in toddlers, but I might try it in families. We’ll see!


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Flannel Friday Round-Up 10/30

Apologies that this round-up took so long! I was in a *very* minor car accident, but spent a great deal of my weekend/week with insurance, the body shop, and switching from my loaner car back to my (repaired) car.

On to the round-up!!

Storytime Ukulele has given us a lovely and simple flannelboard of cars with a template included! Additionally, there are also ukulele chords for Woody Guthrie’s Take Me For a Ride! I love the different patterned cars here.

Jaime at Miss Jaime’s Library Journeys has a fabulous take on an ice cream cone rhyme that she found at Kathryn’s blog. Jaime used this at a Candy and Desserts storytime instead of a Halloween one and I think that’s a splendid idea.

Katie at ¡Es divertido hablar dos idiomas! is hosting a guest post from Kate Cruz, a library assistant at Washoe County Library System. Kate has a great bilingual activity where her character Duke dresses up as a cowboy as Kate teaches Spanish vocabulary. I think that Kate did an amazing job explaining how to do this flannelboard and if you didn’t scroll down to see Duke dressed up as a barber, you’re missing out on life.

And speaking of Kathryn…Kathryn left us a link to my dear friend Sarah’s FIRST Flannel Friday!! (I am so proud of you, Sarah!) Sarah at GreenBeanTeenQueen made a flannelboard adaptation of Buddy and the Bunnies by Bob Shea and it’s wonderful. Sarah is highlighting one of her state’s picture book award nominees which I’m also a big fan of!

Nikki at Hey There Library solved an outreach problem nightmare: keeping your felts with you. Who hasn’t lost a piece on their way to/from the car while doing outreach? (Just today I lost a piece coming back from outreach storytime!) Nikki has made a most ingenious pocket for the back of the flannelboard. I will be making that immediately.

And I had Five Noisy Robots this week.

Thanks friends for contributing! Thanks friend for your patience!

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Flannel Friday: A Blanket for the Princess

A flannelboard that I got from Mary of Miss Mary Liberry!

I used Mary’s template and added lots of color to the blanket. I decided not do any stitching though and just went the puffy paint road. I used the King & Queen from the Manhattan Toy “A Day at the Castle” set (still available!) and used Cinderella from the Manhattan Toy “Cinderella” set (no longer available) as my puppets.

manhattantoyblanketfortheprincess

I told this story in Blankets/Teddy Bears family storytime and it went over fairly well. I think it was over some of the kids’ heads, so I might reserve it for preschool use only from now on.


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Flannel Friday: Fruit & Vegetable Finger Puppets

Two gorgeous sets of finger puppets up this week!

Fruit Puppets!

Veggie Puppets!

Templates for these puppets are available here at Precious Patterns Etsy shop. (Link to fruit pattern I purchased here.) & Link to vegetable pattern I purchased here.)

I have no idea what I’ll be singing or doing with these yet, but here’s a slew of ideas on these pages: Fruit & Vegetable Songs and Preschool Education Music & Songs: Vegetables.


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Flannel Friday: Paintbrushes

Another family storytime flannelboard this week, inspired by Anne of Anne’s Library Life!

I used Anne’s picture as a template and decided to use her second rhyme:

I know the colors of the rainbow.
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing,
Would you know which hue?

Most of the preschoolers were excellent as guessing this and since I have a mostly 3/5 year old audience, it was a perfect flannelboard for them!


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Flannel Friday: Apples & Bananas

A classic flannelboard that I left at my last library (since another librarian has made it) and I recreated at my new library:

This, of course, goes with the song:

Song: “Apples and Bananas”
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
(Repeat with different vowel sounds)

I made this by cutting out an Ellison die-cut of each letter. We also have mini appples die-cuts, so I added those and the free-handed bananas for fun!

I put each letter up as a reminder to the kids about which letter we’re using at the front. This typically works best with preschoolers or family storytime.


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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.
(etc.)

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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Flannel Friday: Plant Cycle

I made a prop inspired by Kathryn at Fun With Friends at Storytime, but tweaked it to be a bit more springy using clip art from an Etsy store that seems to be shut down now.

All of the pieces are hidden inside the “dirt” paper plate. I slowly pulled each piece out as we talked about how seeds get planted, grow roots, sprout up, grow, and eventually flower. The families at garden storytime loved this one! And hey, preschool science!

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Flannel Friday: Flower Finger Puppets & Planting a Rainbow

A labor of love that I made during Midwinter this past year: flower finger puppets!

You can find the pattern for these amazing puppets on Etsy at the Precious Patterns shop. (Link to the puppets here.)

I used this in my Garden storytime for families this spring. I sang “Ten Little Flowers”:

One little, two little, three little flowers
Four little, five little, six little flowers
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers
Ten flowers growing tall!

For the puppets, I had them attached to my finger puppet gloves so I didn’t have to spend a lot of my time putting all ten finger puppets on while my families waited to sing with me.

And a bonus second flannel today, inspired by Library Village’s “Planting a Rainbow”!

I used this in the same storytime — gardens with my famliies. I used these pieces on the flannelboard as I told the story. I didn’t make bulbs or seed packets or anything like that and just counted on the “wow” factor of the flowers to be enough. You also could read the book up until the flowers start to grow and then use the flowers on the board.

As for a template, I just made photocopies of the book.

The kids LOVED these pieces and I had several compliments from caregivers as well. I did back them with black felt to give them more stability since I knew the kids would want to play with them. And play they did!


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Flannel Friday: Stoplight

This Flannel Friday is brought to you by my friends Abby of Abby the Librarian!

I made this by using supplies around the office. The posterboard was a recycled piece left over from another craft project and was the PERFECT size. The paper plates were from the staff room. The felt sheets I had in my desk. And I made the paper plates pop out by reinforcing paper clip boxes with duct tape. A healthy amount of hot glue to hold everything together and bam: stoplight!

I used this in my toddler storytime since I’ve been trying to incorporate more hands-on learning to get them up and moving. For my youngest kiddos, I just had them touch their clothespin to the corresponding color and then their grown-up did the pinning. For my oldest toddlers, I helped them pinch the right end of the clothespin. You should have seen their faces — they were so proud of themselves!

A co-worker also used the stoplight as “classroom” management during a joint storytime/parent tour. She ran the storytime and used their colors to designate which activity table they attended afterwards while I took their parents on a tour of our space.

I also used it in my family storytime to do “Green Says Go” so that the room packed with people could see it in a larger format.


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