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Flannel Friday: A Blanket for the Princess

13 Jul

Today’s flannelboard comes from the wonderful book Storytime Magic – a great resource for any storytime provider. Here are the basics of the story (I have modified it a bit to include the colors I wanted):

The king and queen have a beautiful baby girl, whom they name Princess Marigold. They decide she must have a blanket as beautiful as she is. The king looks out the window at the blue sky and declares, “she must have a blanket as blue as the sky.” The queen also looks out and sees the bright sun, and declares, “the blanket must be as blue as the sky and as yellow as the sun.” This continues…

As white as the fluffy clouds… As orange as the flowers in my garden…

As green as the grass… As red as the cherries in the trees… As purple as the grapes on the vine… As brown as the earth from which they grow…

I like how it makes a nice little vignette

And, finally, as pink as our baby’s cheeks.

The servants look everywhere for just such a blanket but can’t find one. They bring in tailors and weavers from all over the kingdom and each can create a blanket with one of the colors, but not all. Finally, an old woman comes forward and offers her faded quilt that she wrapped her children in as babies. She made it from scraps of yarn, blankets, a dress, apron, curtains, and ribbons.

The King and Queen state that they are honored to have it, as it is “as beautiful as our daughter but also as warm as a mother’s embrace and as light as a father’s kiss.” They wrap Princess Marigold in the blanket and they all live happily ever after.

I wanted the quilt to have a bit of a “crazy quilt” look so I glued different-sized squares to a backing piece of felt and then used my very-beginning sewing skills to sew over them so it looks pieced together.

Here are the King, Queen and Princess; they’re a set of finger puppets someone in the office received as a freebie from Muzzy. The princess is clearly not a baby, but she’s the only princess I’ve got! If I can find a small baby doll I’ll use that instead, with my folkmanis prince and princess puppets.

I like this story because it’s a cumulative tale (we have to recite all of the colors each time, adding each new color) with lots of opportunity for the kids to participate and practice their color names. It’s also just a sweet story! Storytime Magic has patterns but I made my own; if you’d like to recreate mine, it’s here. Please, though, if you use it, give me credit, and do not re-publish.

Today’s roundup is being hosted by Storytime Katie!   For more information about Flannel Friday (and to learn how to participate) visit our blog. To see all past flannels, organized visually by category, click on the “flannel friday” icon to the right.

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! Conejito by Margaret Read MacDonald

8 Jun

Conejito, retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, is based on a folktale from Panama. It’s a fun story with lots of repetition and, of course, a happy ending. I have been sharing this story with the preschoolers as part of my Bunnies storytime, and they’ve been enjoying it – even those who don’t speak any Spanish (there are Spanish words throughout, but they’re all explained and easily understood in context).

We start with conejito (little bunny) talking to his mother, and preparing to go up the hill to visit his Tia Mónica (Aunt Monica). When he gets there, she is going to feed him “cakes, cookies and every good thing” until he is gordito, gordito, gordito (fat, fat, fat!).

I gave mom some rockin’ glasses.

Conejito heads up the mountain, singing…

I have a sweet old Auntie,

My tía Mónica,

And when she goes out dancing,

They all say “Ooh la la!”

…until he runs THUNK into a Tiger. Señor Tigre.

Señor Tigre wants to eat conejito for lunch, but conejito convinces him to wait until he returns from Tía Mónica’s house because he will be gordito gordito gordito. Right now he is too skinny – flaquito flaquito flaquito!

Tigre agrees and conejito continues on his way singing and dancing until he runs smack into Mr. Lion – Señor León.

Conejito also convinces Señor Leon to wait to eat conejito, and he continues up the hill until he runs THUNK into Tía Mónica.

She’s fancy. She has a flower tucked behind her ear.

Conejito spends the summer with her, dancing, playing, and eating cakes, cookies and every good thing (but also fruits, vegetables, and fresh mountain water so he will be strong, strong, strong!). But when it’s time to head back to his Mamá, he tells Tía Mónica his problem.

Her solution is this: He will roll down the hill in a barrilito (little barrel). If Lion or Tiger stop him, he will tell them the mountain is on fire (Tía’s made a fire to make smoke) and they’d better run for it.

Conejito fits under the barrel.

Conejito DOES meet Lion and Tiger, but tells them:

The mountain’s on fire,

conejito is too,

you’d better run Señor León

or you’ll be barbecue!

They, of course, run away so conejito is able to continue rolling down the hill until he reaches his mamá. All’s well that ends well!

I’m going to learn this story so I’ll be able to tell it without the book. It shouldn’t be too hard to learn. I won’t know it perfectly, but well enough! I think this would make a fun readers’ theater too! The book contains the notes for singing the song about Auntie Monica, but I ended up making up my own tune. The kids liked chiming in on the “ooh la la!” The book also has a fox in addition to tiger and lion, but I decided to shorten the flannel version a little.

I got all the animal templates from Clker.com: rabbit, lion and tiger. You can also get the lion and tiger in two parts – head and body separated – from the same site.

Today’s roundup will be hosted by Katie at Recipe for Reading. To see all past flannels, click the icon to the right.

Happy flanneling!

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: 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!

 

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