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Flannel Friday: Hickory Dickory Dock

1 Feb

Hickory, dickory, dock. The mouse ran up the clock. The clocks struck one, the mouse ran down. Hickory, dickory, dock!

I’m sure you’re all familiar with this nursery rhyme. But how many KIDS are? Nursery rhymes are not as commonly recited as they once were, but they can be an important tool for learning early literacy skills so it’s fun to break them out in storytime every now and then!

I found the ukulele chords for this one, so I decided I had to use it and we could all sing along. The clock was created in MS Word shape drawing, and the mouse is clipart. He’s perfect, though, don’t you think? The clock hands are held on with a pin so that they’re moveable; I cut an eraser off a pencil to stick on back.

That mouse is ready to RUN!

That mouse is ready to RUN!

My greatest achievement was making the mouse moveable up the clock. He’s got part of a hanging file folder tab (those plastic thingees you stick a piece of paper in to label your files) attached to his back. It allows him to clip on the side of the clock and you can slide him up and down by holding the tab.

The mouse's (and clock's) backside

The mouse’s (and clock’s) backside

It worked really well. I had the teachers move the clock hands and mouse as I played and we all enjoyed it! The rhyme I used had something for (almost) every hour:

Clock struck 2…away he flew.

3…and he did flee.

4…he hit the door.

5…he took a dive.

6…that mouse, he split [yes, I KNOW it doesn’t rhyme!].

7…8,9,10,11.

As 12 bells rang, the mousie sprang.

Enjoy!

Today’s roundup will be hosted by the lovely and talented Anne at So Tomorrow. As always, if you want to see ALL the flannelboards of months (years, even!) past, click the icon to the right. DON’T FORGET to answer Anne’s survey about where you are – we want to know where all our peeps are at!

Happy flanneling!

Flannel Friday: Flannelboards Inspired by Others

5 Aug

Hi all! No new flannels for you today; I wanted, instead, to share my excitement with all the wonderful bloggers/librarians who have joined in Mel’s Flannel Friday endeavor and have inspired me greatly! Here are MY version of some of their friday flannels:

Both Anne and Sharon have a version of Flip Flap Jack, and it’s a great fun song! I really liked how Sharon’s co-worker used pictures of real food, so I replicated that:

My clerk and I decided he needed a nose, so he has a cherry nose. Each item is covered in clear contact paper, with a piece of double-stick tape on the back, and we covered a piece of construction paper with contact paper. The food sticks very nicely to that – and can be easily removed!

I got “Little Mouse” from Anne also. I had heard the rhyme before, but Anne’s post is what finally motivated me to make it! My kids LOVE these kinds of guessing games. It also inspired me to create this color spinner for big crowds.

Ahhh...flourescent lighting gives it such a lovely glow, doesn't it?

The mouse pattern is here.

I have loved these owls from the moment Katie posted them and have been itching to make them! The original idea, though, comes from Leah at Sunflower Storytime (where the template lives!) Although I wont be doing my bird-themed storytime for a few months, I finally made them last week and have them ready to go.

Hooo!

I lucked out in that a co-worker who plans our teen programs happened to have a bag of colored feathers, so mine got a little addition. They’re so cute, and I love how colorful they are!  Storytime Moxie also created a version.

What has Flannel Friday inspired you to make?

Visit Anna later today for the full Flannel Friday roundup! And if you’re on Pinterest, look for Flannel Friday there too! You’ll find all of the past flannels organized into categories! It’s a great visual way to find the flannel you want (and get some new inspiration!).

Flannel Friday: Mouse Count/Cuenta de Ratón

15 Jul

Today’s Flannel Friday idea comes from Making Learning Fun.

I made a jar and 10 mice of various colors. After reading Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Count, we sing this rhyme, to the tune of “Frere Jacques”:

Mouse count, mouse count

Mouse count, mouse count

Count with me, count with me

How many mice, how many mice

Do you see? Do you see?*

I DID have 10 mice. Where did #10 go?

We count the mice. I take one or more away and then we recite the rhyme and count again. This can be done an endless number of times!

To change things up, and to promote vocabulary, we also count how many mice are INSIDE (adentro) the jar, and how many mice are OUTSIDE (afuera). I may also ask the kids to name the specific colors inside or outside.

Inside mouse, outside mouse

We also do the same with UPSIDE DOWN (cabeza abajo) and RIGHT SIDE UP:

Upside down mouse, right side up mouse

This would work well for a Mice, Colors, or Counting-themed storytime.

For the full Flannel Friday roundup, visit Andrea later today!

*P.S.: I just made up this Spanish rhyme: doesn’t rhyme perfectly, but works with the tune:

Ratoncitos, ratoncitos,

Cuéntalos, cuéntalos

Cuántos ratoncitos

Cuántos ratoncitos

Puedes ver? Puedes ver?

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