Five Little Kernels

I’ve been working on two flannel boards this week. One super easy and one a bit more complicated. This is the easy one and boy was it easy!

Anyone can do this one. You just need white and gold felt. I even used some gold crayon to make my popcorn look like it had butter on it.

This one is for a camping themed storytime I have coming up. I got the idea from Storytime Katie.

Five Little Kernels

Five little kernels sizzling in the pot

All of a sudden, one went POP!

(Repeat until all your kernels are popped)

A fun, easy, quick flannel board!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Hi Guys,

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw is a picture book classic. Everyone knows this little book about using your imagination. What can these white patterns on the page be? Are they rabbits? Ice cream cones? No, they’re clouds! This is a book about identifying shapes and using your imagination.

This is also a popular book for storytime. It can fit into themes on creativity, imagination, weather and color.

We needed a new Flannel Board for this one, so I gave it a go.

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This was probably the easiest flannel board I have ever made. I used a pattern from kidzclub. I wanted mine a little bigger then kidzclub, so I just over traced the pattern. If your new to flannel boards this is a great one to start out with.

Not too bad if I do say so myself!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Three Little Kittens

Hi Guys,

This past weekend, I made some car flannels and then I made a storyboard flannel of one of my childhood favorites: The Three Little Kittens

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Kittens are not easy to make!

First I made my “sad” kittens, who lost their mittens:

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Then I made my mamma cat and the pie the kittens aren’t allowed to have until they find their mittens:

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Finally, I made my happy kittens, who found their mittens and now can have some pie!

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They are all a little funny looking but it’s a more complicated flannel. I didn’t use a pattern, so not bad for freehand if I do say so myself. Sorry about the lighting, I was losing the sun and didn’t think to turn on a light!

Cute rhyme. Cute flannels. All in all a success!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Flannel Cars

Hi Guys,

My next family storytime is going to be all about transportation. I like to have at least one flannel board for this storytime, so I decided to make some cars.

I made a very basic car shape and standard car features. To make this flannel even more versatile, I used different colors and numbered my car. Now I can use these cars and several different ways.

You can do a couple different rhymes:

There are lots of cars driving down the street.

Tell me what color do you see?

Big cars, little cars

Beep, beep, beep.

There are lots of cars driving down the street!

You can do a spin off of 5 little monkeys with 5 fast race cars:

Five fast race cars speeding round the track.

The first car said, “I can’t look back!”

The second car said, “Oh, no! I’m out of gas!”

The third car said, “Beep! Beep! I’m fast!”

The fourth car said, “Vroom, vroom. I win!”

The fifth car said, “Vroom, vroom. I win!”

Then beep went a horn and flash went the lights.

And five fast race cars sped out of sight.

You can also work with counting cars and identifying colors.

This was a quick, easy flannel with lots of possibilities.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Dear Zoo Flannel Board

Hi Guys,

With summer winding down, we’re all starting to get back into storytime mode at the library. Because I’ve only been a Children’s Librarian for a little over a year now, my storytimes take quite a bit of planning since I am doing everything from scratch. Today was my day off and what with it being hotter then blazes out, I thought I’d watch a movie and start a new flannel board.

20160812_165746After deciding that my first Family Storytime would revolve around zoo animals, I knew I just had to create a flannel board based on the lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.

In this book a child writes to the zoo to send them a pet. The zoo replies with box after box of animal that isn’t quite right. Too big, too scary, too tall, too hoppy. Until they find a pet that is just right.

This is the perfect picture book for a flannel board. The story has repetition, which is great for the little ones. It’s also short, which keeps the kiddos from losing interest. The animals are ones you can act out or make sound effects as you show them. Finally, I love the reveal! Building up the suspense and playing up what’s in the box until you finally make the big reveal.

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This one was pretty easy to do. I free handed the drawings, although I’ve seen some pretty good templates on Pinterest if anyone is interested. I do need to invest in some more fine tipped Sharpies. I couldn’t add the “From The Zoo” tags with the ones I had.

My plan is to set up all the boxes on the flannel board, in order, before storytime. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes.

Close up slideshow of the flannels below:

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That’s all for now!

-M-