Tag: props

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.


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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.

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“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: 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.


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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: 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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Flannel Friday: Green Says Go

A prop for this week’s Flannel Friday!

I originally found this from Leah’s blog Toddler Storytime:

Action Rhyme: “Green Says Go”
Green says, “Go!” (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
Slow…slow…slow
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go! Go! Go! (march fast)
Slow…slow…slow (march slowly)
and STOP! (stop)

I’ve used this in countless storytimes, but first made the props last fall (2014) at my library. It’s a really quick prop — some imperfect circles free-handed and a couple of sticky-back jumbo popsicle sticks!


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Flannel Friday: Scat the Cat

This week’s Flannel Friday is a folder story from the Storytime Katie archives. I made this years and years ago when Anne of So Tomorrow first posted about the amazing Scat the Cat!

Anne has direction and links to the templates that I used to make this fabulous folder story. I’ve used this in colors storytime and cats/pets storytimes. It is one of those amazing props where you become a magician in the children’s eyes. I absolutely love using this with preschoolers/family storytimes, but I’ve also done it in toddlers too.


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Flannel Friday: A-P-P-L-E

I hope you’re ready to start thinking school time. (We’re almost near the end of summer reading, I promise!)

Today’s “BINGO” spin-off came from Erin at Falling Flannelboards!

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“A-P-P-L-E” (Tune: BINGO)
I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E
And apple is its name-o.

[As the song goes on…]

I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E, Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E, Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E
And apple is its name-o.

Erin has a template available to download on her site. I simply used her template and laminated the pieces. I used this song in my toddler apple storytimes from last fall.


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Flannel Friday: Animal Flashcards

Adorable animal flashcards are this week’s prop!

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I used these in toddler storytime and sang “Where is Animal?” to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”

Prop Song: “Where Are Animals?”**
Where is [animal]? Where is [animals]?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
Credit: Modified from childhood

I purchased this clip art from Pink Pueblo’s Etsy shop. Each animal print-out was backed with a piece of blue cardstock for stability. Then, together, they were laminated.


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Flannel Friday: Where Is Truck?

Today, I have a set of props to go with a Thumbkin piggyback song!

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These are laminated pieces clipart, backed by construction paper. I’ve used these for years in different kinds of “things that go” storytimes. I had two of each card and hide them both behind my back as I sing:

Tune: Where is Thumbkin?
Where is pick-up truck? Where is pick-up truck?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.
(Tow truck, dump truck, moving truck, firetruck)

If I were making them now, I might choose instead to do a set with photographs so that kids could see the real trucks instead of the clipart ones.


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