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Exciting news for Flannel Friday!

Introducing the Flannel Friday website!

As you know, Anne at So Tomorrow has been an amazing manager and archiver
of Flannel Friday information for the past year. Anne and her husband are
expecting their first baby in June (congratulations Anne!) so we wanted to
give her a break from Flannel Friday during her maternity leave. So this
spring, Anne and Mel from Mel’s Desk and a small group of old and new
Flannel Friday-ers worked to create a new web home for Flannel Friday.

Here’s the link!

The new site will be the home of the Round Up Schedule, the archives, FAQs
about Flannel Friday, information about how to get involved with Flannel
Friday, and links to help new members get started with social networking
and blogging. There will also be a link to the week’s Round Up, but the
Round Up will continue to be hosted on individual blogs. We’ll just point
to each Round Up from the site.

Refining the Round Up Procedure

The Flannel Friday community has grown continuously over the year, with new
bloggers, new Round Up Hosts, and new members every week on Facebook,
Pinterest, and Twitter. We are building an amazing community and are
grateful to each and every one of you for your participation and
enthusiasm. As the group has grown, you’ve probably noticed that so have
the Round Ups! We’ve seen an inevitable increase in missed links and
general confusion as the Round Ups are compiled. We thought that the launch
of the new site was a great opportunity to take a page from other round ups
in the blogosphere and establish one single method for building the Round
Up each week.

This information will be in the FAQs on the new site, but here’s our new
strategy in a nutshell:

Every week the Round Up Host will publish a “placeholder” post for the
Round Up on the host blog at 10pm EST on Thursday.
Each blogger who wants to participate in the Round Up will make a comment
to the Round Up post with the link back to their Flannel Friday post by
10pm EST on Friday.

This will be the only place to post links for the Round Up! This way the
Host won’t have to worry about checking Facebook or Twitter as well.
If a blogger can’t make the 10pm EST deadline on Friday, we’ll ask that the
post be held for the next week’s Round Up.The Round Up Host will gather links from the Round Up post comments throughout the day, and publish the Round Up at the end of the day.

We hope this will make the Round Ups easier to create and easier to
contribute to! We’ll look forward to your feedback over the next few weeks.
Sharon @ReadingChick at Rain Makes Applesauce has the Round Up this week,
5/11, so she’s going to try out the new procedure with us and see how it

If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to share them via the new
Flannel Friday email: flannelboardfriday [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for all you do to to make Flannel Friday more than a blog event–but
a great community too. Here’s to the next great year of Flannel Friday!

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- 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- 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 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

We Dove in the Ocean

This week’s flannel and storytime was inspired by the song “We Dove in the Ocean” found on page 155 of  Ready-To-Go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns, Music and More.  (Benton, G., & Waichulaitis, T. 2003. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. ISBN  978-1555704490). To make the figures, I found clip art images of each ocean creature, printed that out and used it as a pattern. I used fabric on black felt & some white glue to make the figures which you see below. Click on them for close-up views.

I put the flannel board on a stand, printed out the animal motions (below) and taped those up on shelves for myself and the adults, and placed each felt piece up on the board as we sang the song and did the motions together. The kids loved it so much they wanted to do it again (so of course we did).

Here’s how the song goes:

We dove in the ocean, and this is what we saw (make motions of diving and looking under water, then each creature has a motion as well. “We dove in the ocean proceeds each creature. )

A jellyfish, a jellyfish, drifting with the tide.

A seahorse, a seahorse, going for a ride.

A crab, a crab, running to the side.

An octopus, an octopus, trying hard to hide.

An oyster, an oyster, with a pearl inside.

A Shark! A Shark! His mouth was open wide.

We jumped out of the ocean, his mouth was open wide.

I highly recommend this book;  it has some really fun ideas and interactive storytime songs, stories, and fingerplays, with patterns for flannel stories as well.  It even includes a CD with the songs.

So, it was “Ocean” day in storytime, and I read “Hooray for Fish” by Lucy Cousins, which has some fun vocabulary in it. Then I did “Can you hear the sea?” by Judy Cumberbatch. I brought in 3 of my big seashells and passed those around after the book – we have a small group for storytime, so this worked well and the kids were pretty good about sharing and taking turns. I also read “I’m a Shark” by Bob Shea. I had a shark fan that I picked up at ALA this summer, and hid that behind the book. When the shark said something funny or loud, I had the shark fan (which functioned as a stick puppet) pop up behind the book. At the end of the book, the shark puppet chased the kids around for a few minutes. They LOVED this simple addition to the story. You could make your own, or use an actual shark puppet.

I also read “Rattletrap Car” by Phyllis Root, because it has lots of fun rhymes and silliness as well as the refrain, “It didn’t go fast and it didn’t go far” (to which one child informed me that SHE did go fast and far).  We finished up with some Yoga poses using yoga cards – the kids really enjoyed these. This week we did a craft, with some leftover supplies from Summer Reading Club – paper plate oceans. Pretty easy and very cute—I did some prep by getting the plate with blue cellophane ready, and the children put on stickers and seaweed – then we stapled the plates together. Here’s a link that describes how to do this easy craft, which worked well for school-aged kids this summer, we just allowed them to do more of the craft, including the “prep” that I did for the preschoolers.

Flannel Friday – Knock Knock


I made this flannel story at least 10 years ago, and it still looks good (and still works well in storytime).

I’m sharing this “oldie” because I still like to make flannel stories in this manner. Basically, I cut the background shape from one color of felt (I used white for this one), and then the details are made from fabric. If you are not a sewing person, find a friend or relative that does sew, and ask for their scraps. Or purchase cheap fabric in many colors to have on hand.I used a liberal amount of Elmer’s glue to attach the edges of the fabric, which not only holds them to the felt, but keeps the fabric from fraying.

The book that I adpated for this story, “Knock, Knock, Who’s There?”, by Anthony Browne (1988), is probably going to be hard to find. The basic premise — little girl is in bed waiting for her bedtime story, and an array of creatures knock on the door to ask to come in — screeching with, stomping gorilla, etc. At the end, it is Daddy with a cup of hot chocolate and a bedtime story, but she knew it was him all along… Kids can usually guess why she knew (hint: slippers).

You’ll also notice some cards in the corner — I typed the story onto index cards, which I taped to the back of my flannel board the first few times I told this story. Don’t need them now, but they sure were helpful in the beginning.

Here’s a close-up of one of the figures, so you can see the fabric details:

Knock, knock! Who’s there?


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