Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pot of Gold (a Little Mouse Variation)

Yep, it's that time of year again.  Leprechauns will be coming around to classrooms, clues will be left for scavenger hunts, maps will be used, songs will be sung, rainbows and good luck and clovers and shamrocks will be discussed, green beer will be...oh wait--that's not preschool!  

Okay, on with today's flannel board!

This set was made as a custom request, and of course as with most of those, I thought--why didn't I think of that?  Well actually, I sort of almost did--here's my Leprechaun Hide and Seek set from last year!  In case you don't click, I'll repeat the adorable Mr. Leprechaun song below, because it's worth repeating :)

(Here's a link to my recent Mr. Leprechaun set, which is available 

So, this set is pretty self-explanatory if you're familiar with the Little Mouse game, but I like to assume you're a newcomer, so here's the deal:

You place your pots on the board one at a time, commenting on or asking the children to help you name the color of each pot as it's placed.  Sneakily hide the gold coins behind one of the pots as you're putting it on the board, and then begin...

The chant is as follows, subbing the bold words as appropriate:

Gold coins, gold coins,
Playing hide and seek...
Are you behind the red pot?
Let's take a peek!

And then you use all kinds of dramatic techniques to check behind the pot, act confused/disappointed/stumped/etc. as you seek out those sneaky gold coins! We like to pat our legs as we do the chant, just to get the kids even more involved and aware of the rhythm...  And of course invite them to tell you which color to check under (sometimes just lightly touching the one YOU want to do next will send a subliminal message and they'll 'choose' it for you!)

As with all the Little Mouse variations, this is a great set for increasing color knowledge, exposing the kids to rhymes, building interactive social skills, and just plain having fun!  Do it again and again--you're bored, but the kids aren't ;)

And the Mr. Leprechaun song I mentioned above:

Mr. Leprechaun 
(credit goes to a past co-worker, Angela Lenz)

Mr. Leprechaun, Mr. Leprechaun, Mr. Leprechaun--Hello!
Mr. Leprechaun, Mr. Leprechaun, Mr. Leprechaun--I Know...'re a cute little elf,
If I say so myself!
In your suit all of green,
You come on March seventeen!

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Create a Car (or really, a vehicle :)

Another custom order that's turned into something I'll carry regularly in my shop!  This set is along the same lines as many of my other do-it-yourself sets, and this time the theme is vehicles.  If I were still teaching, I would love to see what kind of crazy combinations the kids would come up with by mixing the various vehicle parts together...  

This set is great for color and number naming and recognition, and could easily be used in a group time by handing out the pieces and letting the kids come up and decide where their piece could go!  You could also ask things like "If you have a red piece that is BIG, come put it on the board...or..If you have an orange piece that is small, come put it on the board."  You could play a color sorting game, and just have them bring their pieces to a designated area of the board, not building anything, or you could decide as a group that you want to build four vehicles--you could build the bases and then ask them to come put the wheels, windows, and other accessories on.  What a great team work project that builds vocabulary at the same time.  I love these sets as both a group time activity and for kids to use on their own...

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Anytime Mapleson

  I recently had a request from a lovely librarian in Vermont for this set. It's based on a story I've never read, and it's out of print--Anytime Mapleson and the Hungry Bears by Mordicai Gerstein.  If you can find a copy, I recommend it--it looks pretty adorable!  I don't know the story in detail, but I'm sharing it here anyway in case anyone else knows the story and is also inspired to make their own set.  Or I can make one for you ;)  

Flannel Friday is going through some changes.  It will no longer be hosted each week on a blog--but it's got a new home on Tumbler, and and will still be pinned monthly to the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards :) 

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See?

I made this set as a custom order, and I didn't actually ask what she was going to use it for-- but after a quick google search, it looks like she may have been inspired by Jen in the Library or The Lion is a Bookworm.  In any case, this set can certainly be used in various ways, but will work really well as a St. Patrick's Day version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

I've recently started making my sets even bigger than I used to.  This is my second upgrade in size, and I'm so pleased with the results.  Better for engaging larger crowds of kids--not to mention easier to cut, glue and paint!

This cute St. Patrick's Day set is available in my Etsy shop, along with many more of my sets.  All of my teacher and librarian sets are 15% off through 2/15/18!

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chubby Snowmen (a re-post!)

I'm busy. And this week, I don't have something new to post for Flannel Friday, even though it was one of my (million and one) goals for the year.  Is it cheating to do a re-post from a couple of years ago?  If so, I guess I'm cheating!  But these guys haven't seen the light of day in a while since I'm not in the classroom anymore, so they needed to at least come out for a photo shoot and star appearance on my they are 15% off from 2/1/18 - 2/15/18 in my Etsy shop (along with all of my other available teacher and librarian sets!) So without further jibber jabber, here are Five Little Snowman Fat!

And here is the accompanying rhyme/song:

Five Little Snowmen Fat
Five little snowmen fat,
Each with a funny hat.
Out came the sun and melted one,
What do you think of that?
Down, down, down, down.
What do you think of that?

I found the poem here, and used clip art as inspiration for the snowmen and their cute little accessories. I made two sets for each snowman--the second set got scattered onto a "puddle" made of  light blue felt. When each snowman melts I take him away and replace him with his puddle :) 

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jack and Jill

My goal this year is to post a new set weekly!  I'm not off to a great start, but hopefully Jack and Jill will be the start of good things for 2018...  Here they are, ready to be shared at a baby, toddler, or preschool story time.  I love good old fashioned nursery rhymes, and this was a fun one to make. 

I'm thinking most people already know the rhyme, but just in case...

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down, 
And broke his crown, 
and Jill came tumbling after!

If you have a bucket in your possession, this is a fun one to act out, too!  Paper crowns are a quick accessory to add.  A towel or blanket on the floor can be the hill...

This is a nice one to add if you're doing a nursery rhyme story time, or just need something fast and quick between stories.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Jessica!  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 :)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Little Miss Muffet (2)

I’m going through some of my sets that were clip art based, and I’m updating them to use my own designs so I can sell them legally :)  Here’s my new set, and a link to My old set for more programming ideas.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Visit my Etsy shop!

Hop on over to FlannelBoardFun on Etsy!  
The soft, colorful felt board sets there are perfect for children, preschool teachers, and children's librarians. My Travel Mats make it possible (and fun) to use the sets on the go--in the car, on a plane, and anywhere with the dreaded long wait! You'll find many of the sets I've featured here on the blog.  For custom requests, please send me a message by clicking the Contact button under my shop owner picture.

FlannelBoardFun Felt Sets and Travel Mats are classroom tested and teacher-made & -approved. Each item you order is carefully prepared and packaged to arrive safely and quickly, so children can dig right in as soon as possible!

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