Tag Archives: Animals

Flannel Friday: Hooray For Hat!

4 Nov

Wow, it’s been a super long time since my last FF post. Happy to be back, even temporarily!

I assume most, if not all, of you are familiar with the excellent book Hooray for Hat by Brian Won. It’s a perfect toddler book – fun story, colorful pictures, repeated refrain the kids can join in on reading, positive ending. Due to its simplicity and repetition, it makes for a great flannel board, too! But I must give credit where due – I got the idea from Laura at Library Lalaland (who’s post I found on the Flannel Friday Pinterest)

While Laura made her animals reversible (genius!) to show their grumpy and happy faces, I did not. I just kept their faces neutral. I also added a tiny piece of velcro to the back of each of the hats to help them stick together as one so it would be easier for me to handle.

Here are the animals, wearing their hats, sans Giraffe, who was still hiding in his tree feeling sad. Note I skipped turtle as I wanted to shorten the story a smidge because I do storytime for ages 0 – 5 and I get a lot of the younger crowd:

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And here’s Giraffe with all the hats. . HOORAY FOR FRIENDS!

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Finally, I made a felt “Hooray for Hat” sign that I could put up the first time we say it and then point to each time. This helps with print recognition and children beginning to think of themselves as readers. I cut the letters out with my library’s die cut so I think they look super cute.

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Hooray!

Today’s FF roundup will be hosted by Mollie Kay! Check out all this week’s awesome posts there!

Ukulele in Storytime: Sleeping Bunnies

10 Mar

Hi! Welcome to another installment of watch Mary make a fool of herself ukulele in storytime! Today we’re learning “Sleeping Bunnies,” a song I first heard on Kathy Reid-Naiman’s cd “Tickles and Tunes.”  It’s super easy to play on uke, and SUPER fun for the kids! When they start hopping, the storytime rug becomes a preschool mosh pit!

Happy playing!

Flannel Friday: Counting Sheep

12 Oct

In the fall I always do a bedtime-themed storytime. It just feels like the right time of year to be thinking about long winter naps, so I break out the cozy (and silly and crazy and chaotic) stories about going to sleep. One book that I think is particularly gorgeous (and works great with my bilingual crew) is Sarah Weeks’ Counting Ovejas, illustrated by David Diaz. Bilingual text plus gorgeous, multi-colored sheep is a win in my book.

I decided to make a flannel board of it. However, I realized that as each sheep comes and goes on the same page, it would be like “drive-by flanneling.” None of the sheep stay on the page very long. Also, for the higher numbers, I’d be making multiples: 10, TEN! yellow sheep. So, the flannelboard very quickly morphed into something like my monster guessing game flannel.

The kids count with me as we put each one on the board. Then, I ask them “what color is sheep number 6?” So they’ve got to recognize the number, and then put the color with it. The teachers actually really liked this idea and I gave my pattern to a couple so they could recreate the activity.

After identifying all the colors, I turn the board around and take one off (no peeking!). The kids then have to tell me which color, or number, or both, is missing. They had fun!

Also: when I asked the kids what animal some people count when they can’t fall asleep, one young lady said: “I want to count zebras!” Hmmm…

This is an original pattern of mine, and I’m sharing it with you here. Feel free to make your own sheep! However, if you post the pattern on your site, be sure and give me credit.

Today’s roundup is hosted by Sarah at Read, Sarah, Read! And if you’d like to see all past flannels, click on the icon to the right.

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday (in finger puppet form): 5 Little Ducks

28 Sep

I have a great set of Folkmanis duckling finger puppets. But some time ago, two of them waddled off to I know not where. So, I’ve been substituting a rooster and a penguin for my rendition of “5 Little Ducks“, to hilarious results. The kids think I’m a nut, and then we agree to pretend.

But I decided it was time to give Momma Duck back her 5 little ones, so I made some:

QUACK! QUACK QUACK!

Aren’t they cute? The tufts on the top of their heads are a cut up pompom. Easy peasy!

Now when Momma Duck yells “QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK!” these are the 5 little ducks who come back.

 

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Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: D-U-S-T-Y (the horse)

31 Aug

Holy schnikies, people! It’s been far too long since I blogged. I apologize for my absence. Here, in penance, I offer you a super-easy flannelboard:

I made this one several years ago when, on short notice, I was invited to do storytime at a cowboy-themed end-of-school party for one of my preschool classes. I whipped this baby up quickly, and it shows. I’m sure you can make a much nicer version.

The text is from The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays. The tune is “Bingo“:

There was a cowboy,

rode a horse,

And Dusty was his name-o.

D-U-S-T-Y,

D-U-S-T-Y

D-U-S-T-Y

And Dusty was his name-o.

Like my B-I-N-G-O board, I started with the letters, and then replaced them, one by one, with a picture of a horse. We neighed instead of saying each letter. Eventually, the board was all horses.

Was his name-o

Neigh! Neigh! S-T-Y

Now, those are some horses of a different color!

The Roundup today will be hosted by Linda. To see all past flannels, click on the icon to the right that leads to our Pinterest board!

Happy flanneling!

 

Flannel Friday: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

27 Jul

I think many of us in library-storytimeland LOVE Jan Thomas’s books. They’re so simple, yet HILARIOUS. Who decides to write a book about dust bunnies who rhyme? Jan Thomas. Who decides to write about a fat cat deciding where to sit? Jan Thomas.

It’s the latter story that I decided to flannelize (yes, we decided that’s a word). I wanted my flannel pieces to look cartoonish, just like Thomas’s fun illustrations.

Here’s Fat Cat:

He enjoys his tuna.

Will Fat Cat sit on… THE COW!?

MOO!?

Will Fat Cat sit on the CHICKEN!?

SIT ON THE PIG! SIT ON THE PIG!

Will Fat Cat sit on the DOG?

GRRRRR….

Then what WILL Fat Cat sit on?

Oh boy…

Perhaps he could sit on…

…the CHAIR!?

OF COURSE!

And, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens next.

The pieces are all cut from felt and painted with Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint.  The cat, dog, and mouse  (I deleted the knickers) are from Marktoon.co.uk, a new site I found this week. Here are the cowchicken and pig. For the chair I photocopied a page in the book.

I’m considering adding some words to this (at least the word NO!) as that’s one thing I love about the book – the print awareness it reinforces.

The Flannel Friday roundup will be hosted by Amanda at Toddler Tales. To learn more about Flannel Friday (and how you can participate) visit our blog. Click the link to the right to see all the flannels (over a year’s worth) on Pinterest.

Happy Flanneling!

 

 

Flannel Friday: Penguins and Polar Bears

6 Jul

We have some CRAZY heat happening here in Colorado. One of the downsides, besides just being miserable, is that our state is tinder-box dry and as you know we’ve had some terrible wildfires that have caused major destruction. If any of you are in states that have been having too much rain, feel free to send some our way. We REALLY need it.

I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to do a Penguins and Polar Bears storytime, to help beat the heat. When I mentioned this to a friend, she was ADAMANT that I make it clear that the kids learned that penguins and polar bears DO NOT live together. So, to aid in her cause, I found this song:

(sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”)

Up North there’s a very cold ocean,

Where icebergs are big as can be,

Up north there’s a place called the North Pole,

Where polar bears swim in the sea.

[Chorus]

Up north, up north, where polar bears swim in the sea, the sea!

Up north, up north, where swimming is too cold for me.

To demonstrate the idea, I printed off a globe picture and covered it in contact paper. I stuck a star sticker at Colorado’s (approximate) location, and put an “N” at the north pole and “S” at the south. Then I added pictures of the animals that live there.

The second verse continues:

Down South there’s a very cold ocean,

Where icebergs are big as can be,

Down South there’s a place called the South Pole,

Where Penguins all swim in the sea,

[Chorus]

Down south, down south, where penguins all swim in the sea, the sea,

Down south, down south, where swimming is too cold for me.

There you have it! Simple, but a fun song, and we might learn something!

I’m hosting the round up today so check back during the day for updates! I’ll have the whole thing done by Saturday morning. Click on the icon to the right to see ALL the past flannels organized visually by subject.

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!

 

Flannel Friday: Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

3 Feb

While there are a lot of parts to make for this one, I think the kids will enjoy it! I think you know the story of Eric Carle’s Mixed-Up Chameleon, about the color-changing lizard who wishes to be like the other animals. He takes on characteristics of the other animals until he realizes he can’t catch flies with all the other animal parts, and wishes to be himself.

The patterns for this flannel come from Storytime Magic, which the lovely Anne at So Tomorrow told me about. It’s a wonderful resource!

Here’s chameleon in his original form:

And while the different animals parts are added one by one, I thought I would spare you  that many pictures in this post. Here’s chameleon with the addition of flamingo wings and legs, fish fins, and a fox tail:

(I think I painted the fox tail backwards and it’s supposed to fit over and cover the chameleon’s tail. Oops. Oh well.)

Here he is with the addition of a giraffe neck, turtle shell, and antlers:

And finally, with elephant head, “people” hat and umbrella, and seal flippers:

Not only does he look silly, but he realizes if he was like all these other animals he wouldn’t be able to catch flies, so he returns to this:

Much better to be yourself than to wish to be something else, don’t you think?

Check out the roundup later today at Andrea’s Roving Fiddlehead Kidlit. And click the “Flannel Friday” icon to the right if you want to see all past flannels -organized, categorized, and sanitized (okay maybe not that last one)- in a visual format on Pinterest. Enjoy!

 

 

Flannel Friday! Make-a-Pig

11 Nov

This week I’m reading silly stories (my favorite!) with the preschoolers, and I’ve been looking forward to using Sharon’s Make-A-Pig Flannel for this theme since she posted it back in may! It’s a great way to get kids to use vocabulary, as we have to describe the color and shape of the various parts of a pig, as well as where on his body they go! If you take the kids very literally when you add pieces to the board, you’ll end up with some pretty funny results!

Several kids have asked to make another animal after we finish this one, so I think you could do this with other animals as well!

We start with the body:

Kinda looks like a pink potato, no?

The first thing we have to add is a head:

That's not right?

After figuring out where the head really goes, we add the eyes:

They just told me to add eyes; they didn't say where...

Oh! Eyes go on the head.

As Sharon said, very Picasso-esque. Pigcasso?

Once we figure out that the eyes are horizontal, we move on to the nose:

Excellent! What?

That’s not right? That’s a trunk? Oh, okay. How about this?

Okay, so a pig doesn’t have a beak. He has a pink, round, snout. Let’s find some ears:

Whoops! Those aren’t right!

Cute, but no.

So. Pig’s ears are pink triangles. Let’s find some legs:

Are pigs' feet supposed to be webbed?

No. Pink feet.

Perfect! Now we need a tail. A pigtail!

A ponytail?

Let’s try another tail, on the bottom this time:

Cute and fluffy, but no.

Once we figure out that a pig’s tail is pink, curly, and goes on his bottom, we’ve made a pig!

Personally, though, I think a pig needs something extra: a wig!

With Hello Piggy bow!

Get it? Pig, wig! It rhymes! No? Okay fine. But look! We made a PIG:

Check in with Sharon (the originator of this flannel) later today for the full Flannel Friday roundup! And click the link to the right if you’d like to see all the posts organized in a visual manner on pinterest. Enjoy!

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