Thursday, July 25, 2013


Every child loves new shoes. I love new shoes!! Everyone loves new shoes!  So, of course, I have shoe flannel sets.  There's the beloved nursery rhyme, The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe. That set is made from pellon that I painted with acrylic paints and outlined with black Sharpie. I always love the ending where she 'kisses them sweetly and puts them to bed'. Every chance I get to blow kisses at my storytime kiddos makes me happy! 

I also have a cute little color/counting to 10 shoe rhyme.  I got the original rhyme from Nursery Rhyme Theme-a-Saurus by Jean Warren. I wanted to have 10 shoes so I added some more verses and colors. It's called 'Busy Little Cobbler'.

I used clip art from several sources including shoe ads for the patterns. I traced and outlined each shoe on pellon with a Sharpie. I painted them with acrylic and fabric paints. The purple and orange shoes are partially colored with color pencil. Then I embellished them with sequins, jewels, gold glitter glue and ribbons.  I had a lot of fun making these!

I like to use New Shoes, Red Shoes by Susan Rollings and Whose Shoes? by Anna Grossnickle Hines with this theme. I have used Red Dancing Shoes by Denise Lewis Patrick with older preschoolers. Another fun book is Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar. It goes without saying that Pete the Cat : I Love My White Shoes or Pete the Cat : Rocking In My School Shoes by Eric Litwin need to be included too!!

I found several posts on the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards too.  Try this one at Read it Again, or at Read Sarah Read, more at Ram Sam Storytime.
Shoes are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!


  1. There's a lot of love in these shoes. They're fantastic. ~ jane

  2. Huh, I never thought of painting pellon. Thanks!