Friday, September 7, 2018

Fairy Tale/Mother Goose Bedtime (with a twist!)

This all started with the book SLEEP TIGHT, SNOW WHITE: 15 BEWITCHING BEDTIME RHYMES by Jen Arena, which can be read aloud quite easily.  It reminded me of another favorite, GOOD NIGHT, BADDIES by Deborah Underwood where many of the baddies from fairy tales gather and get ready for bed.  Could I find enough to make a storytime  with a twist?  I could and more!

Cover image for Good night, baddiesCover image for Sleep tight, Snow White : 15 bewitching bedtime rhymes

The books I had on hand were:

FAIRLY FAIRY TALES by Esme Raji Codell
GOOD NIGHT, BADDIES by Deborah Underwood
LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA by Susan Middleton Elya
ROCK-A-BYE ROMP by Linda Ashman
SNORING BEAUTY by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

I have two preschool storytimes a week so I used different titles at each one & still wasn't able to use them all.  I also used a collection of bedtime rhymes called SLEEPYTIME: BEDTIME NURSERY RHYMES by Terry Pierce.

Then came flannel boards.  There are lots of bedtime themed one but I wanted some that were Mother Goose or fairy tales & had a twist.  Here are three that I made, the first was inspired by a rhyme from SLEEPYTIME called "On Saturday Night, I lost my wife."  I changed wife to cat & added the other days of the week.  I found a moon image through Google for my felt moon, used our die machine to cut the other figures out of felt & (since I didn't have the star die handy) used some star cut-outs from a bulletin board,


On Saturday night, I lost my cat
And where do you think I found her?
High on the moon, singing a tune,
With all the stars around her.

On Sunday night, I lost my mouse
And where do you think I found him?
High on the moon singing a tune,
With all the stars around him.

(I continued with the rest of the days of the week)

Another flannel board came from Story Time Secrets, Rock-a-Bye Baby (Animals).

I used a cradle from a baby announcement for my cradle pattern and enlarged a tree die cut for my tree pattern.  Again, I die cut the animals from felt.

The third flannel board built on Little Boy Blue.  He's asleep, but behind which haystack?  I had farm animals behind 5 of the haystacks & we rolled the die to see which number to look under.

(expanded flannel board edition)

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
Where is the little boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under a haystack, fast asleep.

Which haystack should we pick?
Let's give the die a roll real quick.
Number ____, can it be?
Let's take a look and see.

My patterns were primarily Google images I found with the farm animals being dies that we had in our collection.

I had a lot of fun with this and my storytime group of children and adults got some good chuckles from it as well.  Happy Storytimes!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Creepy Underwear

I adore Aaron Reynolds' book Creepy Pair of Underwear and love reading it to children.  I just had to create a flannel board story to go along with it and thought I'd share it with you.

I created my underwear out of glitter fun foam for a spookier look and used velcro dots on the back.  I used a coloring sheet called Design Your Own Underwear as my pattern.  I used the expressions on the underwear at the end of the book for my faces.  I wrote this last fall & only had time to make 8 pair and so that's what my rhyme reflects.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did & have some fun making your own underwear.


Creepy, creepy underwear
I see them here
I see them there
I see them almost everywhere.

Look, there’s one, two, three,
That I can see.

Now there’s four, five, six,
Are they up to tricks?

Here’s two more, seven & eight
Hurrying so they won’t be late.

Creepy, creepy underwear
Really are EVERYWHERE!

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