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!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Melting Popsicles

I love Flannel Fridays and all the wonderful ideas that I have found there.  I find many things I can use as is and others that I can easily adapt to fit my needs.

This spring we did a fun storytime on sticks.  One of the flannel boards I used at that time is also great for summer--Three Melting Popsicles which I found on Story Time Secrets (it was a Flannel Friday post).  She just did three popsicles but you can see that I expanded that number. I read that along with early literacy, early math skills have been found to impact how well young children do in school.  I'll sometimes take away multiples and then ask how many are left.  I also sometimes change colors out for flavors.


Eight melting popsicles
Sticky and sweet
Mark and Jan ate green ones
What a yummy treat!
(Rub stomach and say "Yum! Yum!)

(Repeat removing 1-3 each time until...)

No more popsicles
Sticky and sweet.
I guess I'll have to find
Something else to eat.

I use this with the picture book, WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A PALETA by Carmen Taffola.

Katie at Story Time Secrets is the host for this week's Flannel Friday.  Please visit her page to see what others have shared this week.