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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: Dear Zoo

9 Sep

Most of us are familiar with Rod Campbell’s book Dear Zoo. It’s a storytime classic! Kizclub has great printable storytime pages that can be easily turned into a flannelboard story. I printed, cut out, and mounted each piece on construction paper. I covered each with contact paper, and then attached the animal to it’s box with book tape so it could be opened. A velcro button on the back of each attaches it to the flannelboard.

I especially like that Kizclub includes the key words of the story. I put these below each of the boxes, after opening, and after reading the word and running my finger under it from left to right. Helps the kids make print connections!

I got it in a story

8 Sep

Today, after reading Dear Zoo, the kids and I were taking turns telling the group what kinds of pets we have at home. There were the usual dogs and cats, and some sad-faced kids who said they didn’t have any animals at home. One young man, however, said this:

“I have a crocodile.”

I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio

“Oh? You do?” I replied.

“Yes. I got it in a story.”

Thinking I had heard him wrong, or he’d meant something else, I corrected him: “You got it in a store?”

“Yes,” he replied, “I got it in a story.”

Kids will often say they have unusual things at home, like dinosaurs, or rocketships.  So saying he had a crocodile at home wasn’t all that strange.  However, the thing is, he really DID mean he got it in a story. NOT a store. After further questioning, he said he had a bear too, and they were in a book.  His pets were in a book.

Anything is possible in stories. Even having a crocodile as a pet.

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