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Flannel Friday: 5 Bears in the Bed

9 Nov

I do Bear storytime every fall – my bear puppet’s getting ready to hibernate so we read him some bedtime stories.

The song “Ten In the Bed” (or 5, in this case) is a staple for my bedtime stories theme, but also works great for this storytime. I had a flannelboard already made up for this one, but it was looking pretty sad and careworn, so I decided to re-do it.

For anyone not in the know, here’s the song (and you can find the tune here):

5 bears in the bed (hold up 5 fingers) and the little one said:

“roll over! roll over!” (roll hands)

So they all rolled over and one fell out! (1 bear falls out of bed)

4 bears in the bed… etc.

The kids especially enjoy if, when a bear falls out, he actually flies through the air and lands on the floor. Flying felt is ALWAYS a hit.

I got the bed pattern from Making Learning Fun. The bears are a result of a clipart search for a pattern.

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Happy flanneling!

Penguins and Polar Bears: A Chilly Storytime

22 Jul

It’s been a hot one here in Colorado this summer, so I thought I’d cool things off with a storytime featuring penguins and polar bears. I have a great penguin puppet given to me by a coworker, and he introduces our storytime.

  • Brett, Jan. The Three Snow Bears. A three bears retelling, set among polar bears. 
  • Rodriguez, Edel. Sergio Makes a Splash.
  • Song: Penguins and Polar Bears (in which we learn that they do NOT live in the same place).
  • Ward, Jennifer. Way Up In the Arctic. A story to sing! If we have time, and the group is old enough, we go through the book a second time trying to find the number on each page. I ask the kids to use descriptive words to tell me where the number is, rather than saying “right there!”
  • Flannelboard/fingerplay: 5 Baby Penguins.
  • Munsinger, Lynn. Tacky The Penguin. I mean, come on. The gold standard of penguin books. I adore Tacky.  “WHATS HAPPENING!?”

Other books I love:

  • Barner, Bob. Penguins, Penguins Everywhere. A good option for the younger crowd.
  • Dodd, Emma. I Am Small. Another good one for the youngers, with a nice refrain, “And I am small,” for them to repeat.
  • Portis, Antoinette. A Penguin Story. A penguin goes in search of something that’s not black, white or blue – and finds an Antarctic Science Station!
  • Murphy, Yannick. .
  • Bloom, Suzanne. A Splendid Friend Indeed. Okay, so not a Polar Bear story exactly, but I LOVE his expressions. And Goose’s enthusiasm.

What are you doing to beat the summer heat?

Flannel Friday: Bippity, Boppity, Boo, There’s a Teddy Bear On My Shoe!

16 Dec

A short post for y’all today, but a good one! I’ve been doing this with the kids this week and they’ve been enjoying it! I got this from Pubyac (someone sent out a compilation of teddy bear storytime ideas).

I give every child a picture of a bear. If you have enough teddies on hand to give them each a real one, great, but I do not. I made 24 of these – just clipart images of teddies, covered in contact paper (so they can be wiped off if necessary), and cut out:

We then recite this rhyme, moving the bear around to the body parts indicated:

Bippity, boppity, boo, there’s a teddy bear on my…shoe!

Bippity, boppity, bee, there’s a teddy bear on my…knee!

Bippity, boppity, belbow, there’s a teddy bear on my…elbow!

Bippity, boppity, bose, there’s a teddy bear on my…nose!

Etc…continued for as long as you can find rhymes!

This is very similar to “Willoughby Walloughby Woo,” in fact, I almost said elephant instead of teddy bear several times. I guess you COULD use almost any animal for this rhyme! I just happened to be doing a bear storytime right now.

That’s all for now, folks! Most flannel friday-ers will be taking the next two Fridays off since we’re all so busy around the holidays, and I’m no exception. See y’all again in the new year! And THANK YOU for your love and comments throughout the year! I appreciate you!

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Flannel Friday! Best-Dressed Bear

6 May

This flannel comes from the book Best Dressed Bear by Mary Blocksma. I’ve actually never seen the book, but got this from a co-worker (I think?). It’s a nice rhyme, but honestly, my version has devolved into telling the kids that bear is going to a party and wants to be the best-dressed bear. What should he wear? We talk about all of the things he has to put on (vocabulary building!!) and I put them on EXACTLY in the order they tell me. Hilarity ensues. But if you want to do the ORIGINAL version, here it is:

A bear went down to a store in town.

“A dance!” Said the bear. “I’m going to a dance.

WHAT can I wear to be the best dressed bear?”

Bear has shorts as the kids kept telling me he needed them. So I made them.

“Socks,” said the fox, “get socks that are new.

You can get one, or you can get two.”

(Chorus) “Look!” Said the bear, “just look at me now,

I am the best dressed bear. OH WOW!”

“Not yet! Get a shoe!” said the kangaroo.

“You can get one, or you can get two!”

 (Repeat Chorus)

Bear's not afraid of color.

“Not yet,” said the sheep, “You need to wear,

A shirt and a tie, to be the best-dressed bear.”

(Repeat Chorus)

“Not yet,” said the goat, “Get a coat with a tail.

“Look at this coat, you can get it on sale!”

(Repeat Chorus)

“Not yet,” said the cat, “You need a new hat!

You cannot go without a hat like that!”

(Repeat Chorus)

Bear wears his hat at a jaunty angle, a la Gene Kelly.

“I’m the best,” said the bear, “I’m the best I can be.

I’m off to the dance, so EVERYONE can see.”

Then the bear left, to go out the door,

But everyone said, “there’s just ONE THING MORE!”


…”PANTS!” said the bear, when he got to the door.

“A best-dressed bear needs something more!”

You're never fully dressed without a smile! Bear also has mittens because the kids requested them.

So he went to the dance, in a new pair of pants,

and EVERYONE said, when the bear got there…

Look at that wonderful BEST-DRESSED BEAR!

(Stylish, isn’t he?)

See more Flannel Friday posts at So Tomorrow, Nikarella, Mel’s Desk, Rain Makes Applesauce, Abby the Librarian, 1234 More Storytimes, Miss Mollie’s Storytime Fun, Read Rabbit Read, Storytime Secrets and Storytime Katie (links to the right!)!

Or, check So Tomorrow later today for a round-up of all today’s Flannel Friday posts!

Inside Of a Bear, It’s Too Dark To Read*

4 May

Today we were reading A Pet For Petunia by Paul Schmid, one of my new favorite books.

Skunks are AWESOME!

Petunia wants, WANTS, WANTS a pet skunk, and is completely indignant when her parents say no. There’s a page-long rant by Petunia that’s great fun to read aloud (and had the kids and teachers laughing). After her rant, Petunia decides to run away to the forest, where, in all likelyhood, she’ll be eaten by a bear. THEN, she declares, her parents will let her have a skunk.

I asked the preschoolers: “Will she be able to have a skunk after she’s eaten by a bear?”

“No,” said one young lady.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Because you can’t get out of a bear.”

Wise words…

*with apologies to Groucho Marx.

Sleepy Bears: New bear stories for storytime

23 Nov

Around this time last year, I posted a bear storytime. October and November, with their falling leaves, first snows, and general chilliness, seem about the right time for those bears to crawl into their caves and hibernate. But before they do, I want to share a few new books I’ve added to my repertoire:

  • Brown, Peter. Children Make Terrible Pets.

    Can I keep him?

    Lucy Bear finds a child spying on her as she twirls her way around the forest. She immediately takes “Squeaker,” as she names him, home and asks if she can keep him. Reluctantly, mom says yes, and Lucy and Squeaker become inseperable (new vocabulary word!)  friends. Until Squeaker begins to prove why Lucy’s mom thinks that “children make terrible pets.” I adore the illustrations in this book, with muted colors and faux-wood grains. Plus, Squeaker really is darn cute.

  • Wheeler, Lisa.  Ugly Pie. This story, about a bear who sets out to find the ingredients to make an “ugly pie”, allows me to channel some of my relatives and sing/speak in a southern accent. For those of you who do crafts, perhaps you could give each child a circle of brown construction paper (the pie crust) and allow them to draw/paste pictures of food on the crust in order to invent their own ugly pies? (By the way, ugly pie isn’t particulary disgusting – it’s just not pretty.)
  • Wright, Maureen. Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep. I first heard about this one thanks to a reader of this blog! Bear doesn’t hear very well, and when Old Man Winter tells him to “sleep, big bear, sleep”, he mistakenly thinks he’s supposed to drive a jeep, leap, dive deep, and do other curious things that rhyme with “sleep.”
  • Wargin, Kathy-Jo. Scare A Bear. Do YOU know how to scare a bear? What if that bear wants to stay and swim? Join your campfire? Sleep overnight? How will you make him go?

Any new bear stories you’d put off hibernating for?

What is this, like, the 1950s?

17 Nov

Today in storytime we used my “Best Dressed Bear” flannel pieces to get bear ready for a party. I have pants, a shirt, socks, shoes, a jacket, hat, tie, and gloves.

He also has underwear,which I made for him due to popular preschooler demand (they kept telling me he had to put them on before pants).

Today, a young lady, responding to my question about what bear should put on before his pants, said this: “a girdle.”

Ahem…I believe the current correct term is “shapewear.”

I also had this priceless exchange with a young man:

Boy: “What are you? Like, a librarian?”

Me: “Yes, I’m a librarian! That’s exactly what I am!”

Boy: “I’m going to be a librarian when I grow up.”

Teacher: “I thought you said you were going to be a teacher!”

Boy: “I changed my mind.”


Before they hibernate, let’s have a bear storytime!

21 Oct

My lovely grizzly bear puppet, Grizzwold (named by a co-worker), comes out to introduce our theme.  He tells us he’s getting ready to go to sleep for the winter (ta da! We introduce a new vocabulary word: “hibernate!”).  I ask if he’d like to hear some bear bedtime stories.  Here’s what Grizz and I share:

  • Teckentrup, Britta.  Big Smelly Bear.  Love it, love it, love it.  Especially when I get to shout: “because you [big dramatic pause] stink!”
  • Wood, Audrey.  The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear=El ratoncito, la fresa roja y madura, y el gran oso hambriento. Okay, technically, there’s no bear in this story.  Pictured, at least.  But the bear is implied, and therefore, very important to the plot.  Plus, the kids love it.
  • Flannelboard: Best Dressed Bear.  There is a story that originally went with this one (about a bear who goes to a store and asks what he needs to buy to be the best-dressed bear), but my version has just become having the kids tell me what the bear needs to put on in order to be ready to go to the dance.  We have underwear (which I made after so many kids told me he had to have it before he put on his pants), pants, shirt, socks, shoes, jacket, top hat, and mittens (again, something I made because the kids insisted).
  • Rosen, Michael.  Bear’s Day Out.  A new favorite by the author of another bear favorite, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!  This story has a great beat, and you can tap your toe along with it.  The kids can help!  Plus I love the illustrations by Adrian Reynolds, who also illustrated Harry and the Dinosaurs.
  • Hest, Amy.  Don’t You Feel Well, Sam?=¿No te sientes bien, Sam? VERY appropriate, given how we’re all trying to avoid certain nasty viruses right now…
  • Wilson, Karma.  Bear Snores On, or  Bear Feels Scared.  Bear’s got some awesome friends, and the repeated refrain is easy for the kids to pick up and help out with (building narrative skills!).
  • Martin, Bill.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? or Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (both available en espanol) or Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? These all have a rhythm to them, and the kids probably know Brown Bear so well they can recite it with you.  I like Baby Bear because many of the animals included we find here in Colorado.
  • Song: “The Other Day I Met a Bear” – a fun “echo song” (a new term for me — means you say one line, and then the kids repeat it, like an…um, echo), with lyrics that easily lend themselves to making up motions.  The teachers have enjoyed helping out with this one and have been singing along with gusto!  We may just have to take our show on the road.  Find the lyrics here, and the tune here (sung by one of my fave bands, btw).  The original version has a verse about a gun, but I omit it simply because I know the preschools I visit don’t allow any play with simulated weapons (or real ones for that matter!), so it seems to make sense not to sing about them.  The song still works without that verse, I think.

Obviously I have more books than time.  Again, I like to have options.  I choose based on time, kids’ ages and attention spans, and what I’m in the mood to perform.

What stories can’t you “bear” to do without?  Heh heh.  Bear hugs all around!

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