Monday, July 13, 2020

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater!

Here's my latest in my Nursery Rhyme series of felt sets. I had to use several different Google images and tweak them a bit to get my patterns for my Peter and Mrs.Peter.  He looks happy with his sweet Mrs and cute pumpkin house! LOL!  Check out my other nursery rhyme sets HERE.   I figured this set could be used in the fall with a pumpkin theme, or in the spring with a garden/bunny theme.  I did think of an alternate line to the rhyme about Mrs. Peter. 
"He had a wife and wanted to please her. They moved into a pumpkin shell and there they lived very well!"   Anyway, bunnies and pumpkins are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Wheels on the Bus several ways.

I recently made a set of 10 colorful buses for a fun activity/song for The Wheels on the Bus.  My grandson loves to watch videos of this song and we saw a really cute one that I wanted to make for Storytime.  So I found a Google image that I deconstructed for my pattern.  I first made a bus with the little children riding in it. I have a diecut for the paint splashes and children. Then I made 10 colorful buses that can be counted or used with the kiddos.  This can be a match the wheels to the color bus or match the wheels to the color splash or count the color buses activity.  I'm super happy with how it turned out. 

Singing and playing the Wheels on the Bus at Storytime is so much Fun with Friends at Storytime! 

Friday, June 5, 2020

A Tisket a Tasket; A Green and Yellow Basket

This nursery rhyme could be added to a Friend theme or Mail or even Valentine's day themes.  It's also fun to sing and skip around the room to!  I stacked 2 sheets of felt (green and yellow) and stapled them around the edge. I cut the basket shape out of both at the same time and then cut off the handle part and cut it apart. Then I stacked alternating color pieces to make the handle look like it's wrapped. I cut the bottom yellow piece into strips and wove them through slits in the top green piece.  The 'letter' is a long rectangle with a rounded edge folded and hot glued with a 'stamp' in the corner. I used fabric glue to write on the letter. The basket is made like a pocket so that the letter can go in it.  This could lend itself to games or activities using the basket. You could make a set of color letters that the kiddos bring up to the board as you say the color.
Nursery Rhymes are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!

1,2, Buckle My Shoe!

This is a favorite nursery rhyme for counting, rhythm and the funny fat hen at the end! 

I did use a real buckle for my shoe and stuffed my sticks made of felt with a pipe cleaner so that I could bend them into the shape I wanted.  I added velcro dots to the back of these pieces because they are large and heavy. Counting is lots of Fun with Friends at Storytime!   

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Cobbler, Cobbler, Fix My Shoe!

Everyone loves new shoes! If I see a book with shoes on the cover, I'll pick it up to investigate everytime! LOL!  I got my felt piece for Cobbler, Cobbler done to add to a shoe themed storytime. I refreshed my shoes from another post HERE. Here's the rhyme for those painted and embellished pellon shoes,  Busy Little Cobbler. I also have a cute rhyme that uses some laminated shoes that came from the teacher store. I found this adorable active chant at Read, Rhyme and Sing blogspot.  Don't forget Mr. Al's song about shoes , Show Me Your Shoes! Shoes are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!   

Friday, April 24, 2020

The Turnip: a Russian Folktale

This cumaltive tale of an Enormous Turnip is a lot of fun! There are a lot of variations too.  I used The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra for my patterns and story.  I made the ground as a pocket for the turnip to 'grow' and pop out at the end. I used a couple of shades of purple marker to shade the top of the turnip. Here's a tip, let it sit and dry for a couple of hours!  I did add a lesson at the end of the story. "Big or small, old or young when we all work together we get the job done!"  Such a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!

Hand Clapping Miss Mary Mack!

Handclapping chants and rhymes are a very fun and important part of Storytime. There's a lot of learning happening during the silliness.  A Google search for Hand clapping chants for literacy will pull up a wealth of encouragement to include these as a great component for Storytime.  We have been doing Nursery Rhymes at our Storytime. This quarantine has given me time to make several felt sets to use when we are able to have Storytime again.  Here's my newest, Miss Mary Mack! She's got silver glitter glue buttons down her back.  I tweaked a Google image to make my pattern.  I made her so she can be flipped from front to back.  Handclapping is so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!