Out of Shapes – Flannel Board

Every once in a while I come across a book that I just have to make a flannel board for and Out of Shapes by Ashley G. is one of them.

Such an easy one to do too. Just make a bunch of different sized shapes. If you want to follow the book keep the colors the same… yellow circles, blue squares, red triangles and orange rectangles.

Here are my versions of the first four pages of the book:

 

I think this one will work best if you have all your shapes out around the edges of the flannel board and you put them together as you go. This way you can show how a house can turn into a rocket, a rocket into a robot, etc.

Not sure when I will use this one, but it is now part of my repertoire!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Six Little Valentines

Hi Guys,

With Valentines Day coming up, I was looking for a good flannel board. A colleague of mine recommended “Six Little Valentines.” There are versions of this rhyme posted all over the place, but here is the one my colleague sent.

Six Little Valentines 

6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.” (Red) 

5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”  (Orange) 

4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.” (Pink) 

3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”  (Yellow) 

2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.” (Purple) 

The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”  (Blue) 

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I made my envelopes by cutting out rectangles, triangles for the fold and a heart as my seal.

My animals, I just printed, laminated and then tacky glued some felt on the backside of the image.

Super easy! Although, I really have to press my envelopes over top of the animals to get them to stick, but it worked so I’m happy.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Bundle Up by Jennifer Sattler

 

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Hi Guys,

So I could not resist creating a flannel board of this cute new board book by Jennifer Sattler. Bundle Up just longed to be a flannel board! It’s perfect too because it is all about a hippo getting bundled up for the cold weather.

I could have drawn each of the pieces on the felt itself but I decided to put them on paper first, so feel free to use these as a template…

 

From there it was just a matter of getting my colors straight. And voila!

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If you read the book, you will notice that our lovely hippo steals the carrot off a snowman at the end. I didn’t feel like I needed a snowman for my flannel board but any generic snowman (without a nose) would work if you wanted to include it.

This is going to be a fun one, especially for the little guys and will go great for any snow, getting dressed or bundled up storytime theme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Five Little Fishes

Hi Guys,

A very easy flannel to go with my upcoming ocean themed storytime. At first, I was going with realistic fish and then I just had fun with the colors and the look of the fish.

Five Little Fishes:

5 little fishes swimming in the sea.

First one said, “Come swim with me!”

Second one said, “This sea is deep.”

Third one said, “I want to sleep.”

Fourth one said, “Let’s dive and float.”

Fifth one said, “I see a boat!”

The fishing boat comes.

The line goes splash.

And away those 5 little fishes dash.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 10/22/18

Hi Guys, time for another baby storytime! Here is what I have planned this week:

  • Movement Rhyme – Wake Up…
    • This is a fun stretch to get our bodies moving before storytime. And it is great for babies because it helps us identify our body parts. I got the lyrics from Jbrary but I’ve seen this one around before.

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

(Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.)

  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • 61uaxpnigbl-_sy498_bo1204203200_Song – Roll Your Hands by Toddlers on ParadeSuch a soothing song and easy movements for those little ones.
  • Board Book – Babies Around The World by Puck
    • This is a brand new book for the library and is about the different ways we say hello in different countries. I’m gonna give those languages my best try!
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers

Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
WAY UP HIGH!
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
WAY DOWN LOW!

How else do fingers like to wiggle?
(wiggle on different body parts)

  • Rhyme – Patty Cake20160917_175104
    • I always forget about my classics and this is one most babies love!
  • Flannel – Three Little Kittens
    • This is a flannel I made awhile ago. It’s small but it works.
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • Just your classic wheels on the bus movement song to break things up with.
  • Book/Scarves – I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont61syrqojfnl-_sx425_bo1204203200_
    • I do this one at least quarterly because I love it. I “sing” the book and we use scarves to paint our different body parts. Great for body identification and fun using those scarves with the babies.
  • Lift – Grand Old Duke of York
    • One I haven’t done in ages!
  • Bounce – Trot Trot to Boston
    • Obviously a day for classics!
  • Song/Shakers – Shake it to the East by Reach for the Stars!
    • This song prompts us to move our shakers in different directions.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: Pheww this was a really off storytime for me. First, we only had four babies to start–up to ten total–and then I totally butchered by first book. I really need to practice any with other languages ahead of time. Then, because we had such a small group, I skipped a bunch of my planned stuff and thought I’d brake out my mini parachute. Nope. Still too small. Everyone said they had fun but it was definitely an off day for me. Oh well, next week I have Halloween things planned… my favorite holiday!

That’s all for now!

-M-