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Flannel Friday: Fall Song

16 Sep


When Jbrary has a new favorite action song, I didn’t stop and pause, I just adapted it to fit what I needed most – a fall action/movement song for my storytime!  My kids have been HUGE fans of “Fruit Salad“, “Bubble Bubble Pop” and “Bananas Unite” and I can’t wait to share this new song with them too!

(I’m hoping that even though it’s a jack-o’-lantern and not a pumpkin it will still be okay holiday wise.  I don’t do a “Halloween themed” storytime, but I feel like even if you don’t participate, kids see jack-‘o-lanterns at houses in the neighborhood, at the store and around town.)

“A Yellow Squash”
Based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)

An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms in front of your body to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash

A yellow squash, a yellow squash

An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,

An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,

An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash


Flannel Friday: Balloons

24 Jun

1242395This is a quick and easy flannel I’m putting together for my Balloon themed storytime in a few weeks.  In the story Balloons, Balloons, Balloons by Dee Lillegard, the stanza, “balloons, balloons, balloons” is repeated throughout the book, so I’m hoping that by pointing to our flannelboard balloons the kids will be able to repeat the refrain with me as we read the book together.  I like the chance to offer simple ideas like this, to encourage kids who are different types of learners to gain more content from the story.  If I have time, I’d like to also cut out a balloon shape for each of the kids to hold up every time they hear the word balloon in storytime that day.  This won’t be difficult, because just like the felt balloons, I can use the Elllison machine to cut out a bunch of balloons very quickly.  And the bonus is we don’t have to worry about latex allergies.  Just a little something different than are typical lesson plan.

Flannel Friday: Fruit Salad

17 Jun


IMG_2508I made a very quick “flannel board” for a fun wiggle song that I’ll be doing with the kids during Toddler Storytime this summer.  I thought Fruit Salad, from Jbrary would make a perfect song for summertime and then thought that some kids may have never seen what a papaya looks like or an actual pineapple.  Plus, by adding the words to each image, the kids can see how to spell these words and we can work on basic letter sounds.  My first thought was to create these as flannel pieces, but I realized my skill in flannel board making would not lend itself to making a pineapple, plus as I said before, allowing the kids to see the actual fruit is definitely a great idea!  If you want to use my pieces, you can open this .pdf file (fruit salad flannelboard) and print them!

Flannel Friday: Colorful Butterflies

27 May


These butterflies were so easy to make – our Ellison die-cut machine is a wonder with felt, making flannelboards a lot easier when I can find a template for the pieces I need.  And I figured out that a little bit of puffy paint can make your flannelboards just a little more exciting, especially when it has some sparkles to it!

Colorful Butterflies
Source: Perry Public Library

The first to come to the garden bed
is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED

Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE

This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
says the butterfly of the softest GREEN

Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of YELLOW

Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
the garden is waiting for a color like you

Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
fly in, right where you belong

Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!

Flannel Friday: 5 Little Kites

20 May


5 Little Kites

One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me;
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!

Check out all the amazing Flannel Friday posts this week, over at Literary Hoots!  And be sure to check out the Flannel Friday website to learn how to be involved!

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