Friday, December 15, 2017

My Upcoming Holiday Shows!

*If you're not in the Pittsburgh area, my online shop is always open* 

 I'm so excited to participate in my first holiday craft show season!  Here are some of the amazing events where I'll be selling my sets--if you are in the Pittsburgh area, stop by to see me and many other local artists.  (If you're not in the 'burgh, shop local wherever you are!)












Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

How many times have I started making this set?  Oh, about a million.  Finally, I've come up with a pattern I like!  I'm adding this to my tiny collection of good old fashioned stories, which currently includes Goldilocks and The Three Pigs.  I plan to come up with some more over the next few months--stay tuned!



This set will soon be available for sale on my Etsy shop, and like all of my sets can be made larger if you're using it for larger audiences.  Just click the contact button under my picture on my Etsy shop main page.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Jen at Adventures in Storytime! Please also check out the Flannel Friday BlogFacebook, and Pinterest pages, which will give you tons of information and gazillions of ideas to spruce up your story times :)


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Mouse: Hanukkah Variation

I'm a big fan of the Little Mouse game and all its variations!  Proof?  Check out this old post.  I have a Hanukkah set that I've also posted about before, and wanted a new way to incorporate it into story times. Enter a Little Mouse variation! (I like this way of exposing kids to other cultures in a developmentally appropriate way.)





By using the rhyme...
Little __________, Little ___________
Playing Hide and Seek...
Are you behind the __________?
Let's take a peek!
...you can come up with almost endless variations, all while exposing the children to Hanukkah related vocabulary words.  Examples:

Hanukkah gelt, Hanukkah gelt, 
Playing hide and seek...
Are you behind the Menorah?
Let's take a peek!

Little latke, little latke, 
Playing hide and seek...
Are you behind the Nun dreidel?
Let's take a peek!

(Obviously you'll need to brush up on your Hanukkah knowledge if you don't have much of it (that was me before I started teaching in a school with a pretty high Jewish population!))  Great opportunity for you to learn along with the kids, if that's the case.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Jen!  Please also check out the Flannel Friday BlogFacebook, and Pinterest pages, which will give you tons of information and gazillions of ideas to spruce up your story times :)  And of course, swing by my shop when you get a chance:  Flannel Board Fun!