Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Three Little Pigs

Okay, it's time for a good old fashioned felt board story.  Not a rhyme.  Not a song.  Not a game.  A story!  And for that, simple is best:


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I decided not to go for many details on the houses.  No fabric paint at all!  I didn't want to have any pieces other than the main characters and their humble abodes.  Easy peasy.  My only problem is that my wolf is not a baddy--he borders on cuter than the piggies! 

When we tell stories in my classroom, we usually start out by telling it pretty much "by the book".  Once the children become familiar with it, we retell it and mix it up a little.  Sometimes we ask the children to name the characters...  Sometimes we change the story line a little--maybe one of the pigs has a broken arm like one of the kids in the class, and needs help from his brother-- or bring a character from another story into the mix. Goldilocks has made an appearance in this story, for example.  She was just passing through the woods...  We might change the ending depending on the mood of the kids (or teachers).  There are lots of ways to use these simple pieces to encourage imagination, build vocabulary, and just generally have fun and inspire a love of reading!




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Five Little Monkeys

After I made this, I realized I already have another very similar set (which I've never used!)  These monkeys are  a bit smaller, and numbered...  We are working on having more print numbers available for the children that represent quantity, so this will be a set that the teachers and children both have access to.
I based my cute little creatures on these PreciousPatterns monkeys.  And though my bed looks a whole lot like the one in my other set, this one is actually from a clipart search.  And my doctor's stethoscope is directly copied from my snowman doctor's...




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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hanukkah Set

We don't really read a lot of Hanukkah or Christmas books in my classroom.  Most of the books I've found that focus on those topics aren't really great in terms of quality literature.  However, we do sing several Hanukkah songs, play with dreidels, and make latkes.  We do similar Christmassy stuff, and I have a few Christmas sets for the children to play with.  But as far as Hanukkah goes, we had nothing in felt.  

So, now we do:



This set could be used on a felt table for individual use after a Hanukkah story time.  
It could also be used just to help aid in having a conversation about Hanukkah.  

You could pass out candles and flames and have the children come up and "light" the candles!  

They can come up and put a latke in the frying pan to cook!

They can frost the sufganyot, and put the cherries on top!  

You can talk about the symbols on the dreidels, pass them out, and see if they can remember what their symbol means (bring me your dreidel if you have the symbol that means "take all").

This set is for sale at my Etsy shop.  Come visit me there...

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Five in the Bed

I haven't had enough time to make my own bed in the morning lately, but in the past week I've made two felt beds!  I love this one and the bears that go with it (both found through clip art searches).  And Five in the Bed is one rhyme that I use every single year, probably every single month at least once...  You can't go wrong with it :)  Five Little Teddy Bears is also adorable.


Five LittleTeddy Bears
Five little teddy bears sleeping in the bed,
Three at the foot and two at the head.
One little teddy said, “This bed is too full,”
So he grabbed the blanket and started to pull!
He pulled and he pulled and he pulled some more,
Until one little teddy went BOOM to the floor!
(Make pulling motions, and clap on BOOM)

(Count down until there's just...)

One little teddy bear sleeping in the bed,
Zero at the foot and one at the head.
This little teddy said, “This is not right!
I don’t want to sleep alone tonight!”

So…
One little teddy bear sleeping in the bed,
Zero at the foot and one at the head.
This teddy said, “This bed is not full!”
So he put out his paw and started to pull.
He pulled and he pulled and he pulled some more,
Until four little teddies climbed up from the floor!

Now...
Five little teddy bears sleeping in the bed,
None at the foot and five at the head.
One little teddy said, “This is JUST right!”
So five little teddy bears said, “Good Night!”

Five in the Bed
There were five in the bed and the little one said, “I’m crowded, roll over.”
So they all rolled over and one fell out...
Wheee….Boom!
(count down until…)
There was one in the bed and the little one said, “I’m lonely, come back now!”
So they all came back and they snuggled in tight,
There was not a sound and they said “Good night!  Sleep tight! Don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

This set is for sale at my Etsy shop!  I hope you'll visit me there...

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears


Ah, a good old fashioned flannel board story...  Goldilocks!
I love Byron Barton's version of this one, and was inspired by the simplicity in his illustrations.  I based my pieces on clip art searches.  The bears and their "stuff" are color coordinated, so this can work as a matching set as well as a story-telling set.



Just as with my Three Piggies set, I start off by telling this story as originally intended.  Later, as the children are more familiar with the characters and story line, I might change things up a bit.  I also leave the pieces out for the children so  they can use their own imagination and story-telling abilities!





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