Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sea Otters and other Sea Creatures!

I know this is kinda random for February but Miss Margaret and I have been thinking about this for months!  Finally, here is my rhyme/activity for Sea Creatures!!  A few months ago we saw this adorable book about a sea otter and one thing led to another and the idea morphed into a 5 sea creature item.  Then we got John Lithgow's new book about a manatee and knew it was a sign!! LOL! Anyway, I got the set made by using bits of different Google images and some fabric paint and thread (whiskers) and a cute little shell sequin.  I love them!! We'll probably use them this fall but I had to work when inspiration hit!  Did you know that you can tell a seal and sea lion apart by the little ear flaps visible on the sea lion and not on the seal? There's a new fun fact!






Here's a fun video from Veggie Tales and the song, 'Barbara Manatee' !  

Sea creatures are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!! Here are more great ideas on the Flannel Friday RoundupCheck out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Choo Choo! Here comes the Train!

We're starting the year with a preschool favorite theme...Trains! I had a couple of things from before when we did this theme HERE but I wanted something new! I found some great resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Transportation board. I made my version of Melissa's train set. Check out her blogpost HERE.  Now, we're ready to Choo Choo and Clickety Clack for Storytime!
Be sure to see the other ideas on this week's  Flannel Friday Roundup!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holidays with Dinos

We did a mashup of holidays this week for our last programs for this session. We had fun with dinosaurs and Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. I had already shared a set of Christmas candles HERE. I adapted the rhyme for Kwanzaa candles. Here's a link for that, Kwanzaa Candles
We offered a fun craft too.  
Holidays and candles and dinosaurs!! How much Fun is that with Friends at Storytime?! Here's more ideas from this week's Flannel Friday RoundupCheck out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Three Happy Reindeer!

I'm sharing my reindeer Christmas ornaments that I think I'll eventually make into a set for a rhyme. This is the second year that I've made a felt set of Christmas ornaments for my grandsons. Last year I used a Fox pattern to make the cutest ornaments.

This year I saw a cute reindeer ornament in a store and came home and made my own. Since I have 3 grandsons I had to make one for each but not all just alike! I'm thinking of a rhyme so that I can make a set to use in storytime! If you think of one and want to share it, add it to the comments!
Here's a hand drawn pattern that might help you make your own set. I assembled mine with hot glue.

I made my own set of  'lights' with cord, cut up sequins and felt. They were tedious but I love them!  
Here's more ideas from this week's Flannel Friday RoundupCheck out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Newest Halloween Friends

We have been presenting our Halloween Hoot here and used this new adorable book!! It was a nice segue into talking about dressing up for Halloween (or anytime). A lot of the kiddos came to storytime dressed up so that made this activity really fun! I posted some felt kiddos dressing up for Halloween last year HERE. Two years ago I made a medieval set of kiddos that we used for our Halloween theme that year  HERE. This year we used them all plus three new friends that I made! Miss Margaret made up a new rhyme for them all and there was a lot of laughing and talking about dressing up for Halloween. You might even recognize some of the superheroes that I made a couple of years ago too!  HERE.  Here's the link for a printable version of our rhyme HERE
Dressing up is a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!
There are other great flannelboard ideas on the Flannel Friday Roundup.  Check out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Peek-a-boo Baby!

I wanted to share an update for this post about emotions and babies, Poor Little Baby,  from a while back. I made a new set of babies that are LARGE! This time I added a surprise monster baby at the end and tweaked the rhyme to be a Peek-a-boo Baby rhyme/activity. Now, how much Fun with Friends at Storytime is that?!
There are other great flannelboard ideas on the Flannel Friday Roundup.  Check out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info! 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Go to sleep baby!

I made this set of colored babies and beds for my church VBS preschool class but I intend to also use it for a Baby theme for storytime. I made up a little rhyme and will say it as I add the right color baby to the colored bed.  I do have 2 more baby posts HERE.

'Go to Sleep, Baby!'
Sleepy little baby, such a sleepyhead
Sweet dreams, go to sleep in your turquoise bed. 
(Hand out the babies to the kiddos and as you repeat the rhyme change the color bed for the kiddos to match on the flannelboard) I made 10 colors but you can always make more ...white, tan, grey, orange...























Karen Katz has some of the cutest books for babies and about babies that I've seen! My grandson loved her book, Counting Kisses as a bedtime book when he was a toddler. The illustrations are great and these are just right for the younger kiddos! Babies are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!! There are other great flannelboard ideas on the Flannel Friday Roundup  Check out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!