Thursday, October 26, 2017

Toddler Bots

Why have I been ignoring my littlest friends?  Most of the sets I provide for the kids in my classroom are for age three and up, not only because of the size of the pieces, but also the quantity of pieces and complexity of the sets.  Enter my Toddler Build a Bot set!

You can buy these big chunky robots at my Etsy shop!  

(By the way, I've done a similar set, with a lot more and smaller pieces for kids three and up--find my regular Build a Bots here.

Teachers, put these fellows out in your fine motor area or your book corner along with some individual flannel boards.  Librarians, these would be great on a felt table or large felt wall.

Librarians and teachers, these would be great to use during a story time!  Put your bases on the board, and then hand out the accessories to the kids, naming the colors and shapes as you go.  Then announce "Let's build some robots together!  If you have a yellow shape, come up and put it on one of the robots..."  Continue this way until you have what will surely be some extraordinary bots :)  This is a great way to build color and shape recognition, and to build vocabulary as you use words like dial, gear, antennae...

Here are some robot books to go along with the theme:
Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker
Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna
The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas
Robots Robots Everywhere by Sue Fliess
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley

...and some more goodies:
The Lights on the Robot (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The lights on the robot blink on and off, on and off, on and off.
The lights on the robot blink on and off, as he moves around!

(Continue with more verses:  arms/up and down,
Dials/turn left and right,
Legs/go up and down,
Power on the robot powers down/when it’s time for bed!)

If You’re a Robot and You Know It
If you’re a robot and you know it clank your coils (clap)
If you’re a robot and you know it clank your coils (clap)
If you’re a robot and you know it and you really want to show it clank your coils (clap)
Continue with: “Clunk your gears” (stomp feet), and “Press your buttons” (“Beep beep”)

Jessica is hosting the roundup this week.  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.  
And hey, feel free to stop by my shop for more felt goodies: 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Wheels on the Bus

A  friend has her son enrolled in a new, very small family child care center, and wanted to give the teacher a few flannel board sets to get her collection started.  The Wheels on the Bus was one of her requests, and here are the results:

( I have lots of sets available for sale on my Etsy site!  Check them out :) )

I always like to mix things up, so once I wear out the traditional verses of this song, we sing about animals on the bus, using animals from Old MacDonald or finger puppets. Or sometimes I like to put a few chairs in a row and let the kids come up and pretend to be the various animals or people we are singing about--lots of fun!

Jessica is hosting the roundup this week.  You can also find tons of ideas at Flannel Friday's Pinterest Pages, the Flannel Friday Blog, and Flannel Friday's Facebook page.