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Archive for March, 2012

Flannel Friday- The bear’s pajamas

Time to dream big, bear! Here’s a story that is super easy to make, but does require some memorizing to tell. But once you do it a few times, it really is a fun story. I can’t recall where I found this story, but here it is:

The Bear’s Pajamas:
It was nearly winter and Papa Bear was grouchy as an old bear can be when it is close to bedtime. The only reason Papa Bear was still up at all was that Mama Bear was sewing him a new pair of winter pajamas, and they were not finished. Now Mama Bear was tired and sleepy too, and wished she had the pajamas all done by now, but Papa bear could not decide what colour he wanted!

Papa Bear grumbled and groused and growled his way down to the sewing room where Mama Bear was working. She merely sniffed when he came in, and kept on sewing. She cut out a red top and red pants. (place pieces on board)

Red pieces, all wrong...

But because Papa Bear was making so much noise grumbling and grousing and growling, Mama Bear could not concentrate. She sewed the LEFT arm where the RIGHT leg should be. (place pieces). Then she sewed the RIGHT arm where the LEFT leg should be. (place pieces) And the LEFT leg where the RIGHT arm should be and the RIGHT leg where the LEFT leg should be. (place pieces)

And then she showed the pajamas to Papa Bear, but they were all wrong!
Papa Bear grumbled and groused and growled. And Mama Bear said, “Get out! Go pick some berries while I fix these pajamas!!”

So Papa Bear left, grumbling and grousing and growling, and Mama Bear took off the wrong arms and the wrong legs. (remove pieces)

“Now what am I going to do?” she said. “I don’t have enough red fabric to make more arms and legs.” So she started looking around her sewing room. She found a scrap of blue material, and she mad a LEFT arm out of it and sewed it where the LEFT arm should go. (place piece)

She found a scrap of green material and made a RIGHT arm out of it and sewed it where the RIGHT arm should go. (place piece)

She found a scrap of yellow material and made a LEFT leg out of it and sewed it where the LEFT leg should go. (place piece)

She found a scrap of purple material and made a RIGHT leg out of it and sewed it where the RIGHT leg should go. (place piece)

groovy PJ's, all fixed!

All that sewing was just finished when Papa Bear returned from his walk. When Mama Bear showed him the pajamas, he was so surprised that he dropped his bucket of berries. “Why, Mama Bear, those are the best pajamas I have ever seen! And they are just the right colour!

So: you need red felt, and I used black felt and fabric scraps to make the colourful legs and arms. The pieces are pretty simple, I just made these up by hand. Use whatever colour of fabric you have, and make the story fit to that.

Today’s Round-Up is hosted by Rain Makes Applesauce.

Flannel Friday Round Up – March 16

Ok folks, here it is.. I am hosting the fantabulous Flannel Friday Round-up! There are lots of great ideas for SPRING today. I think we are all ready for some green to pop out of the ground, some sparkly rainbows, and cheeping birdies. Enjoy this amazing page full of talent!

I brought out an oldie, but goodie for today’s round-up, which you can see here.

Miss Alison is using interfacing as well. See what she’s done with piggies.

Leprechauns and shamrocks are the stars at Recipe for Reading. Katie has done up a fun puppet/prop story.

Maureen demonstrates The Quarreling Rainbow and teaches us some sign language, too!

After the rainbows have made up, they can dance! Storytime ABC’s has a not-so-flannel post to go with the Springy theme.

A new flannel board is ready for Library Quine, and I’m sure she will fill it with flannely-goodness!

Spring has sprung and the birds are in their nest! See what Miss Tara has for you!

There’s a great finger puppet tutorial and some sweet little birds at Notes from the Story Room.

If you cut yourself while making finger puppets, Seth can help you out with some band-aids. Can I just say it? YEAH! We have a guy in the house!

There are even more birds at 1234 More Storytimes. Tweet tweet!

You never know what amazingly cute thing is growing in Read, Sarah, Read’s patch of grass!

There are more things hiding in the grass over at My Storytime Life.

Speaking of looking for things, go on a Bear Hunt with Falling Flannelboards. We’re going to catch a big one……

Flannel-board babies! Katie brings us a sweet little rhyme perfect for Baby Storytimes.

There are some nattily dressed bears and a familiar song In the Children’s Room.

Sarah has a whole lot of jumping going on in this Leap Day flannel. You don’t need to wait 4 more years to use it, though!

Miss Mary Liberry has gone buggy with a great idea! This one includes science, guessing, vocabulary, and letter knowledge.

Everyone will be stuck on magnetic walls after they see this great idea by Kendra.

In need of a pirate ship? Never fear, because Andrea has a template and a couple of rhymes for you.

Perhaps your mode of transport is cars. Lisa has a few for you.

Our very own Future Librarian Superhero shares a quick and easy collage technique for making flannelboard figures.

Hungry? Get your lunch at Libraryland!

What Happens in Storytime is inspired today by owls and pigs.

And finally, here are some super-cute, not very scary monsters from Piper Loves the Library!

Wait, wait… a few last minute entries:
Storytime Katie made some finger puppets for the farm, and Cate has some uses for little robot puppets.

You made it to the end — now go out there and FLANNELIZE!

Flannel “Friday” – 3 Billy Goats Gruff

For those of you looking for the Flannel Friday Round-up for March 16, hang on, it is coming…..

I just love this story. And no, it does not scare children. I have used it scores of times and have never had anyone break out in tears. I always get them to participate, saying “trip trap” and chiming in when the Troll says, “Who’s that walking across my bridge?”. Works every time. This one is made with interfacing (you may know it as Pellon). I learned this brilliant trick many years ago when I was fortunate enough to take a workshop on Flannel Storytelling with Judy Sierra. Her book, The flannel board storytelling book has patterns, ideas, and so many tips. This pattern came from her book.

A few tips – 1) Photocopy your figures and then trace over them with a fine-tipped sharpie. Use colored pencils to color in the figures, then cut them out. Everyone can be an artist!
2) Do not buy the interfacing that is made to iron-on. It has bumps and you don’t need that kind. I use medium-weight interfacing.

Troll close-up

Nearly forgot the best part about this story, which is the ending that I learned from Sierra. As the biggest goat is told by Troll that he is to be lunch, the Big Billy Goat Gruff says:
“Oh no you won’t. For on my head I have two spears, and I’ll poke your eyeballs out your ears. And on my feet I have four stones, and I’ll crush you to bits, body and bones!” Gruesome, yes, but the kids LOVE it.

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