…storytime, books, and ideas

I’m planning a crocodilian storytime soon, and wanted a fun flannel for this one, so I chose “The Lady with the Alligator Purse”. I found an extended lyric online, so I used it for deciding which figures to make. Here’s the words that I used.

I used clip art as the pattern for my figures, and made them with the felt- fabric method. I wanted the people to be multicultural, so I made them all with a swirly olive coloured fabric that I had:

Doctor and Nurse

I also try to add print to my flannel stories, and I had 3 opportunities for this one — soap, measles, and mumps. I like that I can add some letter knowledge and new vocabulary into storytime with this simple method.

Here’s all the figures I made: Baby, bathtub, soap, doctor, nurse, 2 speech bubbles, penicillin, castor oil, pizza.

I know you are all wondering where the Lady with the Alligator Purse is! That will be me, because, yes, I do own an alligator purse (two actually, but the other one has a broken strap). I plan to act out the Lady’s parts, carrying my alligator purse, of course. Here it is:

Alligator purse

Comments on: "Flannel Friday: The Lady with the Alligator Purse" (3)

  1. This is a lovely interpretation. I’m fascinated as to how you make your people. I can’t see them big enough on my little to screen to see how you constructed them. Are the figures independently moveable from the background? I guess I need my glasses!

    • I made these people with clip-art drawings I found on Microsoft Publisher… I used a spiral flannel fabric and then just cut some really simple eyes and mouth freehand…

  2. Erica said:

    YES, THANK you for the multicolored people – I’m disturbed at how many caucasian flannelboard people I’m seeing – I work in a very multi ethnic community and it is IMPORTANT for the kids to see all sorts of folks at storytime.

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