Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pretty Balloons!

You can't go wrong with a storytime about balloons! We needed an interactive rhyme so I just threw together this one and cut out a bunch of 4" balloon shapes with a string tied to the bottom. easy peasy - lemon squeezy! Just hand out the felt balloons and then say the rhyme and count as the kiddos bring up their matching balloons. They never get tired of these interactive rhymes. We'll have some one-to-one correspondence and comparing more than or less than math happening!! Here's my post about birthday balloons.    
Balloons are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!




Counting Balloons
(by Kathryn Roach Sept. 2016)
*Red Balloons, red balloons, how many do we see?
*Red balloons, red balloons, count them now with me!
Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange, Pink, Brown





















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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Happy Gorillas!

During the month of November we are featuring storytime themes that start with the letter G. Our first week is a week of gorillas! After checking the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards, I decided to make my own rhyme and set of gorillas. Here's the link for 'Happy Gorillas' and pics of my counting to five set of gorillas and colorful gorilla food.  To make my pattern for my gorillas I used the best features from 2 or 3 different Google images that I traced and deconstructed for the parts.I made my own patterns for the banana, leaves, tree, bush and bugs. The five bugs have pipe cleaner legs hot glued to the back. I have a diecut that I used for the flowers and the berries. We are giving a Gorilla paper bag puppet as our Home Extension.  Yep, Gorillas are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!







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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Five Friends Play Dress Up!

Miss Margaret and I and our newest staff member, Camille, are busy planning the fall programming session. When you get three storytime-picture book lovers together the ideas are abundant!! We are planning several themes in a row with a unifying device of a story that our mascot, Harvey is 'writing'. This will tie into our ECRR component of Writing! So the first week we are doing Astronauts and space, then Pirates, then Cowboys, then Ninjas and finally, Monsters! That will get us to our Halloween Hoot and dress up fun! I made a set of 5 friends that we will use each week as we talk about our story.  I can tell from the pictures that I need to do a little trimming but I was too excited to wait to share them with everyone. Here's the link for my dress up friends from last year. Here is a second version of the Friends dressing up rhyme from that post...Five Jack-o-lanterns shining Bright (opt. version). Friends that dress up are going to be a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!! There are more great 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!






















Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm Feeling Boxed In!

Here's a fun rhyme/game that a coworker shared with me. (Thanks Angie!)  I made my boxes have tops that come off. I used 3 shades of each color to get a 3D effect. We hide a laminated picture of something fun inside and put the top on the box and say this little rhyme. There's that wonderful element of peek-a-boo that little children love!
Little *pink box let me look inside and see
Do you have a treat hiding there for me?



We are having so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!  There are more great 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! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ahoy Matey!
























 I've been using my summertime tub for storytime and came across this theme that we haven't used in a while. Pirates are so much fun! I remember that I was inspired by a couple of posts from Flannel Friday for these sets. Andrea @Roving Fiddlehead has a template and rhymes for the pirate ships. I found the cute pirate crab in the sale bin at Michael's and bought him as a pattern to make some more. I love his mustache! Then I saw this adorable pirate (Ha!) @ Loons and Quines which included a link for the pattern from Making Learning Fun. Also, check out Mrs. Andre's Library post about pirates! It's a treasure of ideas!  Arghhhh!  Pirates are a lot of Fun with Friends er...Buccaneers...at Storytime! There are more great 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! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Everyone Loves a Marching Band!

Miss Margaret has struck again! She had an idea for a Marching Band theme but we couldn't find any flannelboard rhymes to go with it. So...we collaborated and made up our own. Well, she did most of the rhyme and I made the felt pieces to go with it. I may end up making a couple more band members for a clarinet and saxophone. Just not yet. This was kinda labor intensive since I made my patterns as I went and *gasp* I threw them away!! You can see that I started with a Google image and I tweaked it some and I made my own pattern for the instruments. Anyway, here is a link for the rhyme  'The Marching Band'.  Music and marching bands are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!
















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Placeholder/Roundup for August 5, 2016

Happy Summertime Flannel Friday Friends!! Here's this week Roundup. I know you will find something you can use this upcoming programming session! Enjoy!!







Thanks Jane and Piper for the fun Pokemon Go idea!











Here's another adorable idea for a Drive In Storytime in a box from Jane@Piper Loves the Library





Mr Keith @Felt-tastic Flannelboard Funtime has a gentler version of Humpty Dumpty.










Amy @one little librarian is sharing a cute Bear at the Beach flannel story!





Wendy @Flannel Board Fun has 2 flannel sets to share with us!
                                                          Here's her Halloween set.
          And her Cookie set.



I'm sharing a set I made for our Marching Band storytime @Fun with Friends at Storytime.



Thanks everyone for sharing this week! Check out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. Here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog for more info!