Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chickens and Chicks

Okay, spring has sprung!  And with spring come chicks, and eggs, and other stuff not featured in this post.  Such as the Cadbury mini eggs I'm eating by the handful.

These happy chicks are felt versions from this post from Mel's Desk.  Here's the poem:

One Little Chick
One little chick was yellow
One little chick was brown
One little chick was blue
And one was upside down!

I cannot WAIT to share this with my Two Year Olds.  They were so excited about Silly Sally when I read it to them today, and I know they're going to flip when I put that gray chick on the board upside down!  Oh the giggles!!


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The pieces below come from the same post at Mel's Desk.  I didn't do this one in felt--just found some clip art and printed it out.  I took the pictures before the set was laminated--yay for no glare!

Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs  (Add a clutch of eggs each time you say “five eggs”)
And that makes ten
Sitting on top (Add the hen)
Is Mother Hen
Cackle cackle cackle (Clap hands as you say Cackle!)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens (Flip over each clutch of eggs)
Yellow as can be.


I need to do more of these super simple sets--I love them, and I know my littlest ones will too.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Miss Kelly at the Library!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Three Green and Speckled Frogs

This school year I've been so focused on making flannel versions of new songs and stories, that some of my old favorites have been sort of forgotten.  I've had a Three Green and Speckled Frogs flannel board set for many years.  I actually like it a lot--I didn't really need to make a new set, but for the fact that one of our bugs (or at least one of its antennae) is missing. 

But then I came across these frogs on a clip art search, and then these adorable bugs caught my eye... And speaking of eyes, the eyeballs on all of these critters are awesome, aren't they?

(Okay, the bug legs were a pain in the butt, and I bet they'll fall off within the first few uses.  If that happens I'll reluctantly glue them back on, scan them, and make laminated cardstock version of the little buzzers.  But I am just loving the look of felt, so I'm giving this a try.  (Edited to add that I changed the design of he legs and they don't fall off :))

You can buy this set  at my Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/FlannelBoardFun


Just in case you need them:

Three green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are two green speckled frogs--glub glub.

Two green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there is one green speckled frog--glub, glub.

One green and speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
He jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are no green speckled frogs--glub glub!

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Miss Kelly at the Library!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.




Herman the Worm

When I was a little girl, my aunt Suzie told me the most hilarious story about her friend Herman, who ate various animals and grew bigger and bigger, until finally he burped and went back to his normal size.  I remember asking her to tell the story over and over again (she was quite the dramatic storyteller!), but I had forgotten all about it until I saw this post and the video that's linked in there. 

I googled some clipart and the results are below.  I hope I can tell it with as much flair as my dear aunt Suzie--can't wait to give it a try soon! 

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Herman the Worm
One day, I was walking down the street and I saw Herman, and he was this big!  And I said, Herman!  What have you done?!?
And he said, "I ate an ant."

The next day, I was walking down the street and I saw Herman, and he was this big!  And I said, Herman!  What have you done?!?
And he said, "I ate a chicken." 

The next day, I was walking down the street and I saw Herman, and he was this big!  And I said, Herman!  What have you done?!?
And he said, "I ate a cow." 

The next day, I was walking down the street and I saw Herman, and he was this big!  And I said, Herman!  What have you done?!?
And he said, "I ate an elephant." 

The next day, I was walking down the street and I saw Herman, and he was this big!  And I said, Herman!  What have you done?!?
And he said, "I burped." 

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Miss Kelly at the Library!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Felt Doll Set

Here's another set I made to sell at my upcoming vendor fair.  This is definitely one I'll also keep available for the kids to use independently.  I know lots of story telling, vocabulary building, and conversations will happen while this one is in use.  I got the template for the bodies and hair here , and then I free-handed the clothes.

These remind me so much of the paper dolls I used to love as a child, but they're so much easier to use.  I can't wait to bring this out, and I'm sure I'll add more clothes and accessories every now and then.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

So Many Fish!

I've updated this post with pictures of my new fishies!  See below for the chant that goes along with this one--though now that I've made this big new set, I can see lots of other ways to use these,  similar to ways we use my Mitten Match set...
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This is a set I made many years ago.  The fish are cut from sheets of foam.  I drew them with coordinating colors of marker on the foam and then cut them out, and stuck a square of velcro on the back of each one.  I think this probably works best in a classroom, where the teachers know the names of all the children--not sure how valuable it would be for librarians, unless you know your group well enough that you know every child's name...  It definitely works well for me when I have a smaller group of children, so there's not a long wait for anyone to come up and take their fish.

With my new found skills and insight (!) I will be re-making this set using felt (no little velcro squares to tempt the children to peel, peel, peel), and I will make the fish much bigger.  These are fine for small group time, but bigger is generally better.  I'm not sure why I always made my story/game pieces so small in the past.  What was I thinking?


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dinosaur Set

One last set that I'l be offering for sale at my school's vendor fair.  This one's for all my dinosaur fans--I hope they will love playing with these pieces!  I'm debating making a few more of everything, but sometimes simple is best...  I was inspired by Byron Barton's Dinosaurs Dinosaurs for the scenery, and I may end up making another set with copies of his dinos, instead of the clipart versions I used for this one.
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Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Kim at Literary Commentary!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Ocean Set

Here's another set I'll be offering for sale at my school's upcoming Vendor Sale.  This one's similar to the Space Set, and I think I'll make a copy for my own use in the classroom.  I intend to add a shark, and could easily have these to accompany Slippery Fish, Down by the Ocean, or various other ocean songs and rhymes.  And I know the kids will enjoy having these on hand for open-ended play, too.



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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Space Set

This is a simplified copy of my classroom Space Set.  I didn't use the collage method on this, as I think it would tempt children to pull the pieces apart, and I also find that the collaged pieces don't stick as easily since I use stiff felt for those and they are a bit heavy.  My set is quit a bit larger--I might add a few more pieces to this one, too.

Anyway, this is a set I'll be selling at our upcoming Vendor Fair at my school along with some other sets! I think having sets like this on hand so children can do their own, completely open-ended storytelling would be wonderful in the classroom or library setting.  You could of course use a set that corresponds with your storytime theme, but having random sets available allows the child to lead, which is always a benefit in my opinion.

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Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Kim at Literary Commentary!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Flower Set

For my school's upcoming Vendor Fair, I made this little flower set.  Almost everything comes apart--the children can build flowers and butterflies, and can tell little stories with the tiny bugs...

Though I wouldn't use these myself in front of a group, I think having sets like this on hand so children can do their own, completely open-ended storytelling would be wonderful in the classroom or library setting.  You could of course use a set that corresponds with your storytime theme, but having random sets available allows the child to lead, which is always a benefit in my opinion.
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Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Kim at Literary Commentary!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Town Set

My school is having a Vendor Fair in April, and I've been invited to sell my flannel board sets!  I have no idea what I'm doing in terms of selling, but I did have a thought that the families might be more interested in buying felt play sets than the sets I use as a teacher.  So, I whipped up this little town set the other day, as well as flower and space sets.  
I have plans to make little portable felt boards--flexible and rollable.  I'd better get on that...

Though I wouldn't use these myself in front of a group, I think having sets like this on hand so children can do their own, completely open-ended storytelling would be wonderful in the classroom or library setting.  You could of course use a set that corresponds with your storytime theme, but having random sets available allows the child to lead, which is always a benefit in my opinion.

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Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Kim at Literary Commentary!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Oh I Wish I Were...

We have a music teacher in our school who sings "I Wish I Were a Little Bar of Soap" with the kids, so when I saw this song and flannel from Kelly at Welcome to Storytime I had to copy it!  Even though Kelly said she wasn't happy with her lyrics, I thought they were adorable and I'm sure the kids will, too!  In case you don't click on the link, here they are:

I Wish I Were (sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
Oh, I wish I were a floating butterfly, (2 x)
I’d go flutter, flutter, fly in the bright blue sunny sky,
Oh, I wish I were a floating butterfly.

Oh, I wish I were a shiny little fish, (2 x)
I’d go swimmy, swimmy, glide in the big blue ocean tide,
Oh, I wish I were a shiny little fish.

Oh, I wish I were a silver airplane, (2 x)
I’d go soar, soar, soar as my engines loudly roar,
Oh, I wish I were a silver airplane.

Oh, I wish I were a tall, tall leafy tree, (2 x)
I’d be a place to rest for the birdies in their nest,
Oh, I wish I were a tall, tall leafy tree.

Oh, I wish I were a green and speckled frog, (2 x)
I’d go croaky, croaky, croak as I jump into the brook,
Oh, I wish I were a green and speckled frog.

Oh, I wish I were a bright and shining star, (2 x)
I’d go twinkle, twinkle, spark in the nighty nighttime dark,
Oh, I wish I were a bright and shining star.

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Mitten Match

The first place I saw this was on Storytime Katie-- I absolutely love her use of the clothesline, and intend to use one myself some day soon.  I have it, and the clothespins, so what am I waiting for??

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What is is about mittens that is so appealing to children?!  They're just so darn snuggly and warm, and when they don't have to actually wear them, they're even better! (I write this having just spent most of the time on the playground this morning picking up discarded mittens as the children frolicked about happily with freezing fingers...)  That said, when they get to come put a mitten on the board to make a pair, they are so proud of themselves.  And when they see all those colors and shapes matched up and lined up, they know something is just right in their world.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Anne at So Tomorrow!  You can also find more fantastic ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest pages, or Flannel Friday's Facebook Page --check them out!

Six Houses


I wanted to spruce up our Little Mouse houses, which were laminated construction paper from over ten years ago.  I googled some cute house images, and up came these sweet little huts.  I didn't have a laminated mouse to photograph with the house, but the cute bear from my Presents set made a guest appearance!  You can use him with this rhyme:

Little bear, little bear, playing hide and seek,
Are you in the __________ house?
Let's take a peek!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Rainbow Stew


I've had this pinned on my Flannels to Do Pinterest Page for a while now, but it has now been safely moved to Flannels I've Done.  I was inspired by this post at Roving Fiddlehead!  Below the picture you'll find the words to the chant that goes along with the pieces.

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Take an apple
Put it in the pot
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out. What will it be?
The prettiest red you ever did see.

Have your rainbow strips already set up in a bowl or cooking pot, and have a spoon at the ready.  Don't let the kids see those strips hiding in the pot--after you add each piece of fruit and stir it up, you can magically pull out the rainbow strip the fruit has turned into!

With the success I've had with my veggies and The Soup is Boiling up, I'm sure this Rainbow Stew is going to be a hit!

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Laura at Literacious!  You can also find more fantastic ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest pages, or Flannel Friday's Facebook Page --check them out!



Thursday, March 10, 2016

Monkeys!


I've had various versions of Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree/Jumping on the Bed in my classroom over the years.  But a couple of the monkeys seem to have gone missing from the tree set, and I was never that fond of the laminated version I made of the bed set, so...

Mel's desk and Storytime Katie to the rescue!
I'll use my alligator hand puppet with this set, but he's in the puppet basket at school right now so he's not pictured here...


After making these I remembered seeing Amy's super cute monkey version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider over at One Little Librarian.  All I needed was a lion to complete the set.  I googled "cute simple lion clipart" and used the first image that came up as my pattern.  The results and the words to the song are below.  I can't wait to use them! ( I also have a bunch of foam letters that I'm going to put out on a table with the tree and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with my three-year-olds next week.  Should be a fun time! )
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The itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the coconut tree.
Down came a coconut and hit him on the knee -- OWWW!
Out came a lion shaking his mighty mane
& the itsy bitsy monkey went up the tree again.

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Jungle and Farm Finger Puppets

I really like to use finger puppets to add a little visual to songs.  These little guys are so great, because they also stick to the flannel board.  Just today I used the farm animals with a felt bus, and they hung on like champs!  I will sometimes put one puppet on while we move like that animal, or I'll just put them up on the board to watch us move.  It's also always fun to hide one behind a book and then have it peek up over the top, and then have that little puppet help us read the story, or point things out in the pictures, or whatever!

I bought the patterns for both sets at Precious Patterns.  It's been months since I made them, but I remember that it was super easy, the instructions were great, and I think they are pretty darn adorable.


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Some songs to go along with these include Old MacDonald, The Animals on the Bus, Down by the Ocean, Down on Grandpa's Farm, and I'm sure there are a million more.  

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Monday, March 7, 2016

The Elephant in a Well

Here's another set I made several years ago.  The Elephant in a Well was posted on a list of stories that work well as flannels.  I had never heard the story before, so I googled it and found this summary.  Based on that, I printed out and laminated clip art animals, threw in a string, stuck on some velcro, and I was done!  The children love this sort of cumulative story, especially if you make each animal's sound as they pull on the rope:  the sheep pulled (baaa!), the dog pulled (rufff!), the horse pulled (neeiiigghhhh!!!), etc.  We like to give the animals names, too.  Sometimes the children use people names, sometimes pet names, and sometimes random odd words, like "toe".  Or "box". Yep.  Just go with it.

(By the way, the photo below doesn't represent the story very well.  I place the elephant at the left hand bottom of the board looking up, the string extends down to him, and the animals line up one after another with the mouse last.)

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Little Gorilla

For years I've loved Little Gorilla, and I've been intending to make a flannel board version of it for almost as long.  I think I once even printed out clip art images of each of the animals, intending to make a laminated version. But Flannel Friday is having it's birthday, and I wanted to do more than just a laminated story, and more than just cupcakes and presents (even though I love those too!)

So this week I got to work!  It was difficult trying to make my pieces resemble the illustrations--those faces do not translate all that well to flannel...  But, in the end I'm okay with what I have.

So, here's Little Gorilla:
Once there was a gorilla, and everybody loved him.  His mother loved him.  His father loved him.  His whole family loved him! Even when he was only one day old, everybody loved Little Gorilla.

Pink butterfly flying through the forest, Green Parrot in his tree, and Red Monkey in her tree, all loved Little Gorilla.

Even big Boa Constrictor thought Little Gorilla was nice.


Giraffe, walking tall through the forest, was there when Little Gorilla needed him.

Young Elephant, and Old Elephant too, came to see him.

Lion roared his loudest roar for him.

Even Old Hippo took him wherever he wanted to go, because she loved Little Gorilla.  Just about everybody in the great green forest loved Little Gorilla!  Then one day, something happened...  Little Gorilla began to grow...and grow...and grow.



And one day, Little Gorilla was BIG!
And everybody came, and everybody sang "Happy Birthday Little Gorilla!"  And everybody still loved him.

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Five Pretty Presents

Okay, I don't have a rhyme for this one yet!  I wanted to do presents for Flannel Friday's birthday.  I wanted to make elaborately wrapped, ribbon-bedecked, eye-catching, fun, pretty, too-good-to-be-true, felt presents.   That's as far as my plan went.  I thought it would be easy to find a rhyme, but so far, I'm a little stuck.  I'll do more looking and come up with something, but until then, Happy Birthday Flannel Friday.  So glad I found you!

...Wait!  I'm back, with some ideas!  Ah, the benefits of a sleepless night...
  • Print out some clipart pictures of toys, sized to fit under the presents.  A stuffed bear, a tricycle, a doll, maybe a dinosaur, a ball, some blocks...anything that children in the preschool age range would like.  Laminate/velcro.  You know the drill.
  • Hide one toy under each present.
  • Perform, with birthday-worthy enthusiasm, this rhyme:
Five Pretty Presents
Five pretty presents with bows on top,
Sitting on a shelf in the big toy shop!
Along comes a friend (puppet or child) with a dollar to pay, 
S/he buys a present
'cuz it's ____________'s birthday!

In my classroom, I might do this on a real birthday.  I'd let a child come up to choose the present to take off and reveal the toy underneath, and then the birthday child gets to hold those gifts as they are revealed .  Or, just use puppets.  Or, a combo of both.  

Another fun idea would be to use animal puppets or stuffed animals to be the birthday giftees.  Print out clipart images of things that a bear, or duck, or frog, or pig, or dog, or cat, or whatever puppets you have would eat/roll in/play with/live in --and as the presents are revealed the children tell you which animal should receive that gift.  Or use rhyming items, and the children tell you which animal gets the truck (the duck!) or the chair (the bear!).  

For the puppet versions, you could use the rhyme above, and fill in the blank to the last verse with "someone", Reveal the present and have the children figure out whose birthday it is.  

Or, you could just hide the items under the presents and have one puppet sing this song, courtesy of Falling Flannelboards:

Oh, where oh where has my present gone, oh where or where can it be?
I'm searching and singing my present song, can you please help me?

Then, when the item is revealed, if it goes with that puppet, he takes it and another puppet gets a turn.  If the gift doesn't go with the puppet, everyone helps figure out where it goes.

And of course, we will also no doubt play a Hide-and-Seek game with this, using any little laminated animals or toys.  
Little _________, Little ___________,
Playing Hide and Seek.
Are you in the __________ present?
Let's take a peek!





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