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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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Flannel Friday- Cars

Today’s Flannel Friday is inspired by… someone on Flannel Friday. I found this on someone’s Flannel Friday blog post, and I just cannot find it again! If it was you, or you know who it was, comment with the link and I’ll update.

I am doing vehicles for my storytime today, as I have a couple of boys who are obsessed. Any time there is a truck, or crane, or tractor, or just about anything with wheels in a book, they point it out. We have to sing the Wheels on the Bus every week. So this week, storytime will rock their worlds.

I wanted a simple vehicle Flannel story that could be used in other storytimes. This one works for vehicles and colours. These figures were fun to make, and did not take a lot of time. They have some personality, too, I think. Hard to pick my favourite, but it might be the VW bus!

Here are the books I plan to use:
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Cars Galore by Peter Stein
The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer
Truck Stuck by Sallie Wolf
That’s How! by Christoph Niemann
I Stink! by Kate & Jim McMullan

I didn’t find a rhyme on the original post, and you can make up your own, as I did. Here’s mine:

Red Jeep, red jeep, what do you see?
I see a Blue Van Looking at me.
Blue van, blue van, what do you see?
I see a… Green Bus, Pink Limo, Yellow Cab, Purple Car
Purple Car, Purple Car, what do you see?
I see a DRIVER looking at me!
Driver, Driver, what do you see? I see a traffic jam looking at me!!

This week’s round-up is hosted by Story Time Secrets.

Flannel Friday- 3 Pigs

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Babs sure isn’t, and you shouldn’t be either. Long ago when I was a newly minted librarian, I saw this performed at a library conference. I’ve made at least 3 different versions of this fun flannel story, and left them at the libraries that I worked for. Besides the felt figures, you’ll need these three things: a wolf puppet, a recording of Barbra Streisand’s “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” (on her album The Barbra Streisand Album, available on iTunes for only 99 cents!), and a device to play it on.

Now once you have all that, all you have to do is place the figures on the board as Ms. Streisand sings, and be very silly with your wolf at the end of the song. Of course, you can use these same figures to just tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but I think any chance to play Barbra Streisand songs at storytime should not be passed up.

Here are the figures I made using clip art and images found via a Google search. Wolf puppet is in the corner!

The second image is a close-up of the brick house and Pig number 3.

You can see today’s Flannel Friday roundup at Library Quine’s blog!

Flannel Friday- Trains

This week’s Flannel Friday is inspired by this post from Mel’s Desk. I used her patterns and will be using her own version of the rhyme. I realized, after I had already made the figures, that they might not all fit on my small Flannel Board. So, you can see I’ve had to arrange them quite cleverly to allow them all to be on the board at once. **Note to self: make sure the figures will fit before cutting and gluing!

I made these completely out of felt, and they were super easy and fast. I wanted them to be bright and funky, so I did not try too hard to make them exactly as the original pattern. The passenger car is my favourite, so here’s a close-up.

I was inspired to do Train Storytime when I was at a Kitchen Party and someone played this song, Little Pinkie Engine; I thought immediately that it would be great to share in storytime. It is a song from Cape Breton, and one that is somewhat rare, so not only am I sharing a fun train song, I am helping keep this bit of culture alive. I love it when that happens. You can listen to the song and find the words in the link above. (I will probably only share a few verses, the ones that are most kid-like).

Here are some of the books I am using:
I saw an ant on the railroad track – Joshua Prince
Engines, Engines – An Indian counting rhyme by Lisa Bruce
Hey Mr. Choo Choo Where are you Going? – Susan Wickberg
All aboard the Dinotrain – Deb Lund
The Rain Train – Elena De Roo
and, if they will sit still for it, The Little Engine That Could (may audience is a bit young).

And now, Chug chug to storytime…..

Flannel Friday: The Lady with the Alligator Purse

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

Flannel Friday: homage

I needed a quick, Christmas-y flannel, so I turned to the fabulous Flannel Friday Holiday Extravaganza. There were so many choices, but only  a few fell under my need for quick and easy, using very few materials. I settled on “Five Little Christmas Trees”, originally posted on What Happens in Storytime. This one really fit the bill– I only needed 3 squares of green felt, scissors, glue, and glitter. I cut the trees out without a pattern, as I wanted them to each look different. I think the whole thing took maybe half an hour. So, if you need a quick flannel story for a Christmas event, try this one! Visit the original post for the rhyme that goes with this easy flannelboard!

Felt trees with glitter

This just in– shared this with a large group of kids waiting for Santa to arrive, and they loved it. The “chop!” gives a loud, fun, active thing for kids to do, and boys especially enjoyed this part. Two thumbs, way up, for this simple, yet effective rhyme.

Flannel Friday: The Red Hen

Rebecca and Ed Emberley’s version of “The Red Hen” is the inspiration for today’s flannel. I love the crazy bright artwork and the twist of finding a recipe (rather than a kernel of wheat).  This allows us to add some PRINT AWARENESS to the story, as does the repetitive “Not I” from that lazy cat, rat, and frog. I’ve also included a few tips here for the newbie felt artists among you.

So first, here’s the pattern I made for the hen. I looked at the illustrations and hand-drew my own patterns. They are not exactly like the illustrations in the book, but heavily inspired by them.

hand-drawn pattern

Next, you can see how I cut the different elements out from the drawn pattern. I’ve made the hen from solid red felt, then I add details in other colors. Notice 3 pairs of scissors — I have my paper scissors, my big fabric scissors, and the small detail fabric scissors. In case you don’t know this already — keep your fabric scissors safe from paper. Paper will dull them, so use paper scissors on paper and your good scissors only on fabric. You might also need an iPod loaded with a good audiobook  while you are working on your felt story.

cutting out details

Next up, gluing. I use Tacky Glue (Elmer’s works well, too). I cover the piece to be glued with a good layer of glue, then press it down onto the main piece, making sure the glue gets into both pieces of felt. I have a piece of freezer paper under the main piece, glossy side up, so the glue doesn’t stick to that; you can also use wax paper. You’ll need a space for all the pieces to dry – I usually leave them on the paper overnight.

time to glue

And below are the finished pieces. I plan to make the speech bubble into a “stick puppet” — I will laminate it and put it onto a chopstick so that when the animals say, “Not I.”, the stick will appear from behind the board. I’m thinking I’ll add some bells to the stick so that I will have some sound effects for this part. So, there you have it, The Red Hen.

finished product

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