Friday, September 21, 2012

Moose and Muffins for Flannel Friday

When I did a moose storytime last year, one of the books I had to use was IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN by Laura Numeroff.  Luckily, I found the perfect flannelboard idea to go with it at under their theme for the book.  They gave the rhyme (but said little muffins) and a pattern for a moose headband.  With my group, I used a moose puppet and made BIG muffins from photos I found by googling muffins.

Ten big muffins on the window sill.
Moose came along and ate his fill.
Now how many muffins are on the window sill?
____ big muffins on the window sill.
Moose came along and ate his fill.
Now how many muffins are on the window sill?
____ big muffin(s) on the window sill.
Moose came along and ate his fill.
Now no more muffins are on the window sill.
I asked a child each time how many muffins he thought moose would eat so this verse can go very slowly or very fast.  This would also be fun to do with props if you had them & could also be changed--for example to Cat & Cupcakes as a companion for IF YOU GIVE A CAT A CUPCAKE.  Don't you just love something that can be adapted quickly to fit your needs?
Sharon is our host this week for Flannel Friday at RAIN MAKES APPLESAUCE.  If you'd like to get involved, visit Flannel Friday's home at Flannel Friday.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Monster Mania

I love to do monsters in the fall since we don't do a specific Halloween theme.  Last year, I found blank balsa wood masks at one of the fabric stores for $1 each & just had to have them.
As you can see, I also had fun coloring them all in.  I used them in a family storytime and had five parents come up to be my monsters and follow as I read the following rhyme:
Five big monsters on a dark, dark night
Made a very, very spooky sight.
The first one danced on his tippy toes
The second one tumbled and bumped his nose.
The third one jumped high up in the air.
The fourth one walked like a fuzzy, fuzzy bear.
The fifth one sang a Monster song.
Five big monsters--played the whole night long.
What was really fun was when some of the parents took their role very seriously--falling down & singing a made up monster song.  The kids enjoyed seeing their adults acting silly and helping out the storyteller.
I also had some holographic monsters that I found at the dollar store; I just had to trim "Happy Halloween" off the bottom.  These I can use on the flannel board when the masks don't work as well with my group. 
Hallmark put out a picture book with sound effects of "Monster Mash" last year.  I found a CD with the song and put the two together as part of our Monster Mania.
The Monster Mash Books
The book is out of stock on line at Hallmark, but you might be able to find a copy through another outlet.  (I found a 2nd copy on clearance at Walgreens this fall).  This was fun to use and then at the end, I played it again and encourage them to dance.