Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rhythm and Music

Here's an interactive rhyme/activity for Summer Reading this June. I just Googled an image for my pattern. I stapled 2 pieces of felt together and cut 2 shapes at a time while I watched T.V.  Easy Peasy!! Here's the link for the rhyme: Musical Notes .  I made 4 of each of  7 colors but depending on the typical size of your story time you can either make more of each color or add more colors. I am considering making a file folder of the note shape eventually to give the kiddos that color cue as I say the rhyme. I hand out the shapes and tell the kiddos to listen (or watch) for the color that they are holding. They bring the shape up to add it to the board. The toddlers like this activity a lot!! We generally hand out a Home Extension at the end of our story time and for this program we'll hand out 2 sharpened pencils and some small sticker to make their own rhythm sticks.

Rhythm and music are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime! Check out other flannel board ideas at the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Five Fancy Peacocks!

I've been wanting to make a set of peacocks for awhile and finally I did it!!  We plan on doing a program later this summer about birds and one of our books features a peacock, so that's as good an excuse as any to make a rhyme and set of 5 proud peacocks. Here's a link for the rhyme- Five Peacocks I used a Google image and loosely translated it into felt using some sequins and gold glitter glue, fabric paint and hot glue! I'm happy with the results but I don't want to make anymore!! This was fairly simple but very tedious! 
Birds and especially Peacocks are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sea Otters and other Sea Creatures!

I know this is kinda random for February but Miss Margaret and I have been thinking about this for months!  Finally, here is my rhyme/activity for Sea Creatures!!  A few months ago we saw this adorable book about a sea otter and one thing led to another and the idea morphed into a 5 sea creature item.  Then we got John Lithgow's new book about a manatee and knew it was a sign!! LOL! Anyway, I got the set made by using bits of different Google images and some fabric paint and thread (whiskers) and a cute little shell sequin.  I love them!! We'll probably use them this fall but I had to work when inspiration hit!  Did you know that you can tell a seal and sea lion apart by the little ear flaps visible on the sea lion and not on the seal? There's a new fun fact!






Here's a fun video from Veggie Tales and the song, 'Barbara Manatee' !  

Sea creatures are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!! Here are more great ideas on the Flannel Friday RoundupCheck out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Choo Choo! Here comes the Train!

We're starting the year with a preschool favorite theme...Trains! I had a couple of things from before when we did this theme HERE but I wanted something new! I found some great resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Transportation board. I made my version of Melissa's train set. Check out her blogpost HERE.  Now, we're ready to Choo Choo and Clickety Clack for Storytime!
Be sure to see the other ideas on this week's  Flannel Friday Roundup!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holidays with Dinos

We did a mashup of holidays this week for our last programs for this session. We had fun with dinosaurs and Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. I had already shared a set of Christmas candles HERE. I adapted the rhyme for Kwanzaa candles. Here's a link for that, Kwanzaa Candles
We offered a fun craft too.  
Holidays and candles and dinosaurs!! How much Fun is that with Friends at Storytime?! Here's more ideas from this week's Flannel Friday RoundupCheck out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Three Happy Reindeer!

I'm sharing my reindeer Christmas ornaments that I think I'll eventually make into a set for a rhyme. This is the second year that I've made a felt set of Christmas ornaments for my grandsons. Last year I used a Fox pattern to make the cutest ornaments.

This year I saw a cute reindeer ornament in a store and came home and made my own. Since I have 3 grandsons I had to make one for each but not all just alike! I'm thinking of a rhyme so that I can make a set to use in storytime! If you think of one and want to share it, add it to the comments!
Here's a hand drawn pattern that might help you make your own set. I assembled mine with hot glue.

I made my own set of  'lights' with cord, cut up sequins and felt. They were tedious but I love them!  
Here's more ideas from this week's Flannel Friday RoundupCheck out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Newest Halloween Friends

We have been presenting our Halloween Hoot here and used this new adorable book!! It was a nice segue into talking about dressing up for Halloween (or anytime). A lot of the kiddos came to storytime dressed up so that made this activity really fun! I posted some felt kiddos dressing up for Halloween last year HERE. Two years ago I made a medieval set of kiddos that we used for our Halloween theme that year  HERE. This year we used them all plus three new friends that I made! Miss Margaret made up a new rhyme for them all and there was a lot of laughing and talking about dressing up for Halloween. You might even recognize some of the superheroes that I made a couple of years ago too!  HERE.  Here's the link for a printable version of our rhyme HERE
Dressing up is a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!
There are other great flannelboard ideas on the Flannel Friday Roundup.  Check out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!