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Flannel Friday! Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

25 May

It’s no secret that I LUUURRRRVVEEEE Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. I loved the first book, liked the second book, and now am in love again with Pete’s latest adventure. And I was inspired to make a flannel out of it.

Here’s Pete wearing his favorite shirt with its 4 groovy buttons. I photocopied a page from the book to use as my template:

One by one, each of the buttons pops off and rolls away. Does Pete cry? “Goodness no! Buttons come, and buttons go.” When all of the buttons are gone, Pete discovers he still has 1 button left: his belly button!

Here he’s showing it off, along with the 4 buttons. Each button is 2 layers of felt with a tiny bit of velcro attached to the back to keep it on the shirt (but not pull on the felt too much). The shirt is glued down only on the outside edges, so it can be pulled open to reveal his belly button.:

Finally, I also made a set of numbers so that we can count down how many buttons he has left, and as a visual clue for when we sing: “My buttons, my buttons, my 4 groovy buttons!”

Go Pete!

The roundup today will be hosted by Melissa at Mel’s Desk.  Check there later to see all of this week’s flannels! For more information about Flannel Friday, visit our website. To see all past flannels (its a lot of flannels!) click on the icon to the right to see our pinterest page.

Happy flanneling! It’s all good!

Flannel Friday: Yellow Butter, Purple Jelly, Red Jam, and Brown Bread

18 May

I was introduced to this tongue-twister by my friend Carol Edwards. You start with an outstretched palm (the bread), and use the other hand as a pretend knife to spread the butter, jam, and jelly. Then, we say this (as I put each piece on the board):

Yellow butter

purple jelly

red jam

brown bread.

Spread it thick, say it quick!

I use it as another opportunity to put words on my flannelboards:

We  say it again a little faster, ending wtih: “spread it thicker, say it quicker!”

And again, ending with: “now repeat it, while you eat it!” (pretend to eat your sandwich)

And finally, slowly, like you have a mouthful of food:

Nyallough budddder

peurpell yelllieeee

hred jammmm

brohwwwn bread.

Yum! (rub your tummy!)

Here’s a template of my bread, butter and jar shapes if you’d like to use them: Bread/Butter/JellyJar

Flannel Friday today will be hosted by Linda at Notes from the Story Room. Be sure to check out everybody’s posts there! And also click on the icon to the right to see all past boards on our Pinterest page!

For more information about Flannel Friday visit our new website!

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: Aiken Drum

11 May

I really really really wanted to be part of the first flannel friday of the new website, so I went into my archives and found this flannel that I made years ago. Aiken Drum seems to be the original version of what became Flip Flap Jack (in my opinion). Here are the parts: A moon, spaghetti hair, broccoli ears, meatball eyes, cheese nose, pizza mouth, and a ladle (you can use different foods, but the moon and ladle are standard):

Here’s the song:

There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon

There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aiken Drum.

And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle,

He played upon a ladle and his name was Aiken Drum.

(continues with these additional verses:)

His hair was made of spaghetti…

His eyes were made of meatballs…

His ears were made of broccoli…

His mouth was made of pizza…

His nose was made of cheese…

We add each food piece with each verse and here’s how it looks all put together:

The spaghetti hair is yarn glued to a piece of felt. For those of you playing ukulele or guitar, you can find the chords here.

The round up will today be hosted by Sharon at Rain Makes Applesauce. If you have a flannel friday post to share, be sure to add the link in the comments to her round up post, as, per our new procedures, that’s the ONLY place it’ll get picked up. Thanks! Click the icon to the right to see ALL past flannels on our pinterest page.

Happy flanneling!

Exciting Flannel Friday Announcement!

7 May

From the management: Exciting news for Flannel Friday! 

Introducing the Flannel Friday website! 

As you know, Anne at So Tomorrow has been an amazing manager and archiver of Flannel Friday information for the past year. Anne and her husband are expecting their first baby in June (congratulations Anne!) so we wanted to give her a break from Flannel Friday during her maternity leave. So this spring, Anne and Mel from Mel’s Desk and a small group of old and new Flannel Friday-ers worked to create a new web home for Flannel Friday.

Here’s the link! http://flannelfridaystorytime.blogspot.com

The new site will be the home of the Round Up Schedule, the archives, FAQs about Flannel Friday, information about how to get involved with Flannel Friday, and links to help new members get started with social networking and blogging. There will also be a link to the week’s Round Up, but the Round Up will continue to be hosted on individual blogs. We’ll just point to each Round Up from the site.

Refining the Round Up Procedure

The Flannel Friday community has grown continuously over the year, with new bloggers, new Round Up Hosts, and new members every week on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. We are building an amazing community and are grateful to each and every one of you for your participation and enthusiasm. As the group has grown, you’ve probably noticed that so have the Round Ups! We’ve seen an inevitable increase in missed links and general confusion as the Round Ups are compiled. We thought that the launch of the new site was a great opportunity to take a page from other round ups in the blogosphere and establish one single method for building the Round Up each week.

This information will be in the FAQs on the new site, but here’s our new strategy in a nutshell:

  • Every week the Round Up Host will publish a “placeholder” post for the Round Up on the host blog at 10pm EST on Thursday.
  • Each blogger who wants to participate in the Round Up will make a comment to the Round Up post with the link back to their Flannel Friday post by 10pm EST on Friday.
  • This will be the only place to post links for the Round Up! This way the Host won’t have to worry about checking Facebook or Twitter as well.
  • If a blogger can’t make the 10pm EST deadline on Friday, we’ll ask that the post be held for the next week’s Round Up.
  • The Round Up Host will gather links from the Round Up post comments throughout the day, and publish the Round Up at the end of the day.

We hope this will make the Round Ups easier to create and easier to contribute to! We’ll look forward to your feedback over the next few weeks. Sharon / @ReadingChick at Rain Makes Applesauce has the Round Up this week, 5/11, so she’s going to try out the new procedure with us and see how it goes!

If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to share them via the new Flannel Friday email: flannelboardfriday [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for all you do to to make Flannel Friday more than a blog event–but a great community too. Here’s to the next great year of Flannel Friday!

Flannel Friday: 5 Rubber Ducks

23 Mar

Quack! Here’s a flannel that can be used with a duck-themed storytime, or one about baths, water, getting clean, or toys. It would work great right after reading Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks. The text of the rhyme is from Storytime Magic, and while they say it works to the tune of “One Elephant Went Out To Play”, but I heard it in my head as the “5 Little Ducks” tune.:

5 rubber ducks came out to play,

Battling the waves in the tub today.

Along came the splash that sent one to shore,

And then he couldn’t play anymore.

4 rubber ducks…

3 rubber ducks…

2 rubber ducks…

1 rubber duck came out to play,

Battling the waves in the tub today.

Along came the splash that sent him to shore,

Now no rubber ducks can play anymore.

After each “splash” I’ll replace a duck with a water…blob? Splash? Mark? Drop? One of these:

I think at some point I may also make a big bathtub for them to sit in. Wouldn’t that be cute?

The Flannel Friday roundup will be hosted by Cate at Storytiming today. Check it out! You can see everybody’s flannels from past weeks (year!) by clicking on the felt link to the right, and see just mine by clicking the tab on the top of the page.

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: Bug Board

16 Mar

After a week’s hiatus, I’m glad to be back with a VERY simple board idea for y’all.

A few weeks ago, I found myself browsing the $1 bins at Target (as I am wont to do ) and I discovered bags of plastic bugs. This was fortuitous, as the timing coincided perfectly with my annual bug storytime. I picked up a couple (each had different bugs) and decided what to do with them.

I put a small piece of velcro on the back of each:

I made a felt/paint label for each bug.

I told the kids we were going to figure out what the bugs are, and then put their names with them. I keep the bugs hidden and give them clues to guess what they are:

  • Likes to visit picnics. Is small, sometimes black, and sometimes red (ANT)
  • Makes honey (BEE)
  • Hops; is long and green (GRASSHOPPER)
  • Flies around our houses in summer, bothers us, and lands on our food (FLY)
  • Is long and green and arms sometimes go together like this [praying motion] (PRAYING MANTIS)
  • Flies around the water; has long skinny body and wide wings. Sometimes blue. (DRAGONFLY)
  • Has eight legs (SPIDER)
  • Red with black spots (LADYBUG)
  • Lives where it’s hot; has pinchers and a long tail with a stinger on it (SCORPION)

They don’t always guess all of them, but they guessed many. I did have a few kids who were able to guess the harder ones, even!

When we’ve guessed, we put the bug on the board and add it’s name. This was a great print recognition/awareness activity as we talked about which names were longer, which had only 3 letters (Bee, Fly, Ant) and how Praying Mantis has two words in its name. I run my finger under the words from left to right. Several kids commented on first letters (“Hey! That B is my name!”).

In short, this was a fun, easy-to-make activity that the kids really seemed to enjoy. The moral of the story? ALWAYS check the Target dollar bins.

Today’s Flannel Friday roundup is being hosted by Angela at Valley Storytime. Check it out for all the flannel-y goodness! All past flannels are pinned on pinterest (click the felt words to the right) and all of MY past posts can be found under the tab above.

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: Pretty Ladybug

2 Mar

I was looking for something new to add to my bug storytime when I found Mollie Kay’s Pretty Ladybug flannel on Pinterest. Perfect!

Ladybug looks great, but is missing something – spots! We add each one as well as its corresponding number:

After each one, we sing (supposed to be to the tune of “The Muffin Man” but I couldn’t remember that and used “Johnny Works With 1 Hammer”; “London Bridges” would also work):

Ladybug has 1 black spot,

1 black spot, 1 black spot;

Ladybug has 1 black spot,

pretty ladybug!

(From preschooleducation.com)

Eventually pretty ladybug has 6 lovely spots!

The kids I tried it on today really liked it – especially because the song is simple enough for them to learn quickly and join in easily. Thanks, Mollie Kay for this wonderful idea!

The ladybug is all felt and the numbers are painted on felt squares.

The Flannel Friday roundup today will be hosted by Storytime Katie. And check out our Pinterest page for ALL past flannels!  Also, for your convenience, I’ve added a Flannel Friday page (see top menu) where all MY flannels will be archived. Because, you know, it’s all about me.

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: See You Later, Alligator

24 Feb

We’ve been reading rhyming stories this week. It’s late enough in the school year that many of the older preschoolers will have started getting rhymes and can really participate in the stories. The younger kids still have trouble – they have an easier time with beginning sounds – but they still enjoy the storytime just as much.

I have a Frog puppet, Freddy, who says he “likes to rhyme all the time!” I think I had him say “see you later, alligator!” to a group of kids, and that reminded me that I had seen a whole list of these animal rhymes on Pinterest. I decided to make this into a flannelboard that we can use at the end of storytime to say goodbye to Freddy.

First, we name the animals. There’s an alligator (from a previous flannel I made), a crocodile, and a raccoon:

(Paint was still wet on the crocodile so he had to sit on paper)

Also a ladybug, butterfly, and jellyfish:

Next, I have our list of beginning phrases. We read them all, and I run my finger under each phrase from left to right (building print awareness!). This is just a more rigid piece of 8 1/2 x 11 felt with the words written in puff paint:

Finally we match each animal with its rhyming phrase, and say the whole thing as a goodbye to Freddy. I matched the color of the words to the dominant color of the animal to add even more recognition:

You could add a lot more animals (“Out the door, dinosaur!” Toodle-oo, Kangaroo!) but I didn’t have time (or space) to do more. Of course, many of us have a stock of felt animals that can be used in lots of different stories – so you’d just have to make the words. And the jellyfish. Who already has a jellyfish?

Visit Busy Crafting Mommy later today for the full roundup, or check out the pinterest page for all past Flannels (icon to the right). Happy flanneling, y’all!

 

(Not) Flannel Friday: Feelings Faces

17 Feb

I created these faces (in MS Word) to go along with my “feelings” storytime. I bring them out one by one and the kids guess what the face is feeling, and then we try to make the face ourselves. Can YOU guess what they feel?:

Here they are with their labels, which I clip on after the kids have guessed each one. I end with the “HAPPY” face, because OF COURSE we want to finish with smiles!

(I’ll admit that the kids had a little trouble with “confused;” although, some of them did get it. They also said “thinking” and “frustrated”, which are equally valid!)

I’m sorry that I’m not longer able to share copies of these faces. But rest assured, you can make your own pretty easily! MS Word, draw some circles, etc. You can do it!

If YOU’RE happy and you know it check out the Flannel Friday roundup, today hosted by Katie at Story Time Secrets. To see this week’s and all past flannelboard posts, click on the link to the right to see them on Pinterest.

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: 5 Little Caterpillars/5 Little Butterflies

10 Feb

I must admit, I am VERY proud of how this one turned out. The text is (again) from Storytime Magic but the felt pieces are my patterns (based on clipart pictures I used for the basic shapes; although the tree branch I did freehand).

“Five little caterpillars and not one more…

One spun a cocoon and then there were four.”

The rhymes continue until there are nothing but cocoons hanging from the tree:

“But…

One cocoon opened underneath the sun,

Now there’s a butterfly and that makes one.”

This continues until there are five butterflies!

Here’s a closeup of the butterfly and his corresponding caterpillar. The antennae are made from a pipe cleaner, glued between the body and wings of the butterfly.

I got the idea for the caterpillar paint from a monarch butterfly caterpillar which has similar stripes.  I am working on a template with the basic patterns that I will post here ASAP. But I KNOW all you creative types can just as well make your own beautiful bugs and butterflies!

Happy flanneling!

Library Quine is hosting the roundup today so head on over there to check out ALL the flannel-y goodness! And click the link to the right to see our Pinterest page.

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