Thursday, April 28, 2016

Big, Bigger, Biggest

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Hmmm...  Where did I originally see this?  I can't remember!  But it's super simple, and can be adapted many different ways:
  • A big bug, a bigger bug, the biggest bug I see--now help me count them!  One...two...three!
  • A small bug, a medium bug, a big bug I see--now help me count them... One, two, three!
  • A yellow star, a blue star, an orange star I see--now help me count them...one, two, three!
See how you can change it up?!  And this is SO simple to make--especially with clip art if you want to go that route.  You could do animals, shapes, same colors, different colors, seasonal items, foods--this one really is endless in it's possibilities.  

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Kate at Felt Board Magic.  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A House for Birdie

I saw this set while perusing Flannel Friday's Pinterest pages--it was originally posted here.  I love the simplicity of the birds, though when I used this set today for the first time, one of my little girls couldn't stop asking me where the birds' feathers and wings were...



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So, I have never read the book this set is based on, but it seems that Birdie (the turquoise bird in the red house above) doesn't have a house, so he and his friends go house hunting together.  I named the friends Bluey, Orangie, Yellowey, and Greenie.  Of course.  Anyway, as they come across each house they discover that although the house is too narrow, short or tall for Birdie, it is just the right size for one of his pals.  They all celebrate each new house for their friend, and in the end, Birdie finds the house that is a perfect fit for him.  

This is such a simple, simple story, but I cannot tell you how completely enthralled my little two-year-olds were.  They fell in love with Birdie and his friends, feather-less and wing-less though they may be.

Flannel Friday is being hosted by Melissa at Mel's Desk You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Five Little Ducks


Five Little Ducks is a classic, and a song I've shared with every group of kids I've taught for the past 20+ years.  I started out just doing it as a finger play, and I still share the hand motions with the kids as we sing about the ducks.  I made a foam set for the flannelboard about 5 or 10 years ago, and we've been using that. But I felt like it needed to be freshened up, so I scanned my foam ducks and printed them out to use as templates for this felt version.  I also changed my old mama duck from yellow to white--because, um, mama ducks aren't yellow!  

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day (hold up five fingers)
Over the hills and far away 
(move hand like it's going over hills, then hand to forehead as if you're looking far away)
The mama duck said"Quack, quack, quack, quack." (other hand quacks like the bill of a duck)But only four little ducks came back. (fold one finger down)
(count down till all the ducks are gone)

Sad Mama duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mama duck said
Quack, quack, quack, quack
And all of the five little ducks came back!

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Flannel Friday is being hosted by Melissa at Mel's Desk!  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Freight Train

Freight Train by Donald Crews has long been a favorite in my classroom.  One of my coworkers made a paper version of the set below many years ago.  It is wonderful, but it's a little too large to work well on our flannel board.  We have it out for the children to use on their own, and they love it.  But I still wanted a felt version for the teacher to use, too.

So, I took those pieces and shrunk them down to use as my pattern.  When the train moves in daylight, we put up the sun; in darkness, we put up the moon.  There's the tunnel, and a city.  I skipped the trestle, because it would take 150 hours to make it...  I used a little fabric paint to put some of the details on the train cars, but tried to keep these pretty simple.  The city is the most detailed piece, and I love it :)

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

Dessert Set

This is the last in a series of sets I'm making for my preschool's vendor fair next week.  Everything in this set comes apart, other than the flames from the candle.  I have another cupcake set I use in the classroom, and the kids just love it, so I think they'll like this one, too.  
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With each set I'm selling, I include some book suggestions, and some poems or songs to go along with the theme of the set.  Here's what I'm including with this set:

Book Ideas:
Benny Bakes a Cake by Eve Rice
Maisy Bakes a Cake by Lucy Cousins
Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
The Red Hen by Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Who Made This Cake? by Chihiro Nakagawa
A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
Don’t Spill the Beans! by Ian Schoenherr
Magic Box by Katie Cleminson
The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein


Down Around the Corner
Down around the corner in the bakery shop
Were five yummy cupcakes with sprinkles on top
Along comes ________ with a dollar to pay
S/he buys a cupcake and takes it away
(continue with four, three, two, and one)

Five Candles
Five candles on a birthday cake
Five, and not one more
You may blow one candle out,
And that leaves four!
(There for all to see / three; Standing straight and true / two; Helping us have fun / one; We know its task is done / none)

Ice Cream Scoops
First we need a cone, nice and crunchy.
Then we need some ice cream, sweet and yummy.
Scoop ’em up, stack ’em on, up to the sky.
We love ice cream; my, oh my!
First comes vanilla, cold and sweet.
Then comes chocolate, a delicious treat.
Here’s some strawberry with sprinkles and a cherry too!
A super-duper scooper cone just for you!
One scoop, two scoops,
Three scoops, four.
We love ice cream, let’s have some more!

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