Friday, April 29, 2016

Arbor Day

Being a Nebraskan, I'm very proud that Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City.  Since today is Arbor Day, I wanted to share this flannel board I created using wooden shapes from the craft store and paper tree d├ęcor sheets from the dollar store.  I found the trees and brainstormed until I figured out how I could use them.

Red bird, red bird,
What do you see
Hidden high up
In the tree?
Red bird, red bird,
Look with me
There a __________
In the tree.
We talked about how footballs, soccer balls (or a helicopter) could end up in a tree.  I thought it might be fun to find things that DON'T belong there as well.  I may also do a set with pictures behind the trees of nests, birds, and fruit.  On group of kids kept guessing apples each time.
Kate at Feltboard Magic is our hostess today so visit her page for more sharing.

Friday, January 29, 2016


I haven't posted for quite awhile, so I thought I'd share several robot flannel boards today.  These were all items I picked up at various stores but I don't think I paid more than $3 for any one set.

These are wooden lacing robots I got from Target's $1-$3 bins (these were $3)

Hank has eight robots in his shop this week.
This one's microchips are fried and that one sprung a leak.
Hank will give these two a look-see
And he'll know just what to do.
And when these robots leave Hank's shop
They'll be as good as new!
(repeat with 6, 4, 2)
Hank has no more robots in his shop this week.
He's fixed all their microchips and plugged up all their leaks.
This is my adaptation of the rhyme Cate at STORYTIMING wrote.

Two different sets:  the top ones were bulletin board cutouts from Wal-Mart & the bottom three are from Dollar Tree & a set of 15 (5 of each design).  Here's the rhyme I use with 9 of the bottom ones.

One friendly, two friendly, three friendly robots,
Four friendly, five friendly, six friendly robots,
Seven friendly, eight friendly, nine friendly robots,
Standing in three rows.
Nine friendly, eight friendly, seven friendly robots,
Six friendly, five friendly, four friendly robots,
Three friendly, two friendly, one friendly robot
Waving bye, bye, bye.

I love these because they're big (9") & I got them from Dollar Tree.  I used these with this song (to B-I-N-G-O).  I cut the 8" letters out with our Ellison dies.  I'm still working on some other rhymes for these.

I took a lot of metal parts
and built a funny robot.
I built a funny robot.
(Continue with by replacing one letter at a time with a robot & a clap)
Shawn at Read, Rhyme & Sing is hosting Flannel Friday this week so check out his blog to get lots of good ideas.  Flannel Friday is a wonderful way to share and gain inspiration for programming.  I love to visit, learn, and borrow ideas from lots of different folks.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Paul's Pandas

My co-worker Sue had a toddler request a panda toddler time. Sue was charmed since this little one was very shy & needed encouragement from his parent to share his wish.  While she worked on it, I remembered Pippa's Penguins by Susan M. Dailey.  I suggested Sue switch it to pandas & since the boy's name was Paul, Paul's Penguins were born.  They were so cute I wanted to share them.
Sue used circle dies for the head & body.  She said all her kids loved them especially Paul!

I haven't had much time to post but I thought I'd show you my five blue birds.
These are magnetic dry erase boards from Dollar Tree.  Here they're on the side of our refrigerator so I could snap a quick photo.  I haven't had a chance to use them yet but look forward to doing a counting rhyme with them.

Nikki is hosting Flannel Friday at heytherelibrary.  Check out her sight for some great ideas.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Flowers

I found these felt flowers at Target several years ago in their dollar bins.  Each flower is 5" or wider.  With spring starting next week, I'm planning on using them in story time, possibly with more than one rhyme.

Rhymes that I'm considering are:

Five Flowers
Five flowers standing in the sun
See their heads nodding, bowing one by one.
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain
And the five flowers lift up their heads again.
My Flowers
One bright flower in my garden grew,
Up popped another and now there are two.
Two bright flowers for everyone to see,
Up popped another and now there are three.
Three bright flowers that I adore,

Up popped another and now there are four.
Four bright flowers prepared to thrive,
Up popped another and now there are five.
Five bright flowers standing straight and tall.
Five bright flowers answered Spring's wake-up call.
Sandy Wallick
 I've added a 2nd picture without all the background "noise", but left the first one up because I think it shows the colors better.
Laura at Library Lalaland is our host this week, so check out her site for lots of  fun ideas.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Bears (or any other creature)

I remember reading someone's blog about how they used window clings like they would flannel board pieces.  GENIUS!  (I'm sorry I can't remember who--but please know how much the idea was appreciated)

I found these window clings at the dollar store & thought I'd give them a try.
I only used the bears & here's the rhyme I wrote to go with them:

One bear dressed in an outfit brand new
Called for a friend and now we have two.
Two bears dressed and ready for a party,
In strolled another and now we have three.
Three bears talking, heard a knock on the door,
In pranced another and now we have four.
Four bears began to dance a jive,
In walked another and now we have five.
Five bears continued to dance and play
On a very, very happy Valentine's day.
This could easily be any animal you wanted it to be & you could used pieces you already have.
Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Ms. Kelly at the Library

Friday, January 9, 2015

Snowmen, Snowmen

I've been doing several winter themes and last week I focused on snowmen.  This first one is one that we make ages ago (& despite the photo it is still very white).

We used a rhyme from RHYMES FOR FINGERS & FLANNELBOARDS by Louise Binder Scott.  We added the last four lines since the children were upset that the original rhyme didn't have arms.

Roll a snowball large,
Then one of middle size;
Roll a snowball small;
Use lumps of coal for eyes.
Place a carrot for a nose,
An old hat on his head,
And for his necktie, tie around
His neck a ribbon red.
A corncob pipe goes in his mouth,
Some buttons on his vest;
And there he stands so round and fat;
Of snowmen, he's the best.
But's something's missing...Can you guess what?
Let's give our friend a hand;
Some sticks from a tree will work just great
As arms for our snowman.
This guy is new (& also white)  I found the following rhyme in an old book that was donated to us & loved the fact that it used pebbles for eyes and raisins for the mouth.  I've since seen some very similar rhymes on the web. 
First the body
And then the head.
A stovepipe hat
And a scarf of red.
Pebbles for eyes,
And a carroty nose,
And a mouth made of raisins
In two smiling row.
Just by adding a heart, you can use any snowman for Valentine's Day:
I made a snowman yesterday
So jolly, fat and fine.
I pinned a red heart on his chest
And called him Valentine.
Lisa at Libraryland is hosting Flannel Friday this week, so visit her site for lots of good ideas.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter Fun

   Does anyone remember the song "Suzy Snowflake"?  It's one that I grew up with & always loved.  For those who want snow/winter without the holiday aspects it works really well though the sheet music for it is almost always in a holiday collection.  Suzy comes to town & taps on the window to ask the children to come play with her, build a snowman or ride a sleigh.  You can find the lyrics at as well as the music.
   I was thinking about making the pieces for a flannel board but decided to do it 3-D instead with a snowflake from Dollar Tree that I spruced up a bit, a big plush snowman I had & a large sled ornament from Hobby Lobby. 

   I played & sang along with the Rosemary Clooney recording and used the props -- the kids really loved it!  I also had paper snowflakes to give the children so they could dance with me as well as use them with another action song--Dancing Snowflakes, from  .  They were able to take the snowflakes home which was another big hit.  I also had one daycare that wanted a version of Suzy on compact disc that they could take back with them (which I was able to do).

  I also created a flannel board at short notice on winter using a package of cut outs that I found at Dollar Tree.  These are all basic shapes that I'll someday recreated in felt to be sturdier.  The pieces are laminated so I'm afraid there's a bit of glare.

Winter is coming, the weather's getting cold.
It's time for our hats and mittens we are told.
Snowflakes start to fall, and many plans we make
To build some snowmen and go sledding at the lake.
Winter is coming, the weather's getting cold.
It's time for our hats and mittens we are told.
Sandy Wallick

   Flannel Friday is being hosted by Melissa at Mel's Desk this week.  It's Flannel Friday's Holiday Extravaganza so check it out!