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Flannel Friday Round-Up

It’s Flannel Friday! Here are this week’s awesome submissions:

Bridget over at What is Bridget Reading crocheted these cute Rabbit Finger Puppets. Think of all the rhymes and stories one could use with these!


Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime made these Lion Puppets (Yes, they’re puppets!). She’s using these along with the rhyme “5 Ferocious Lions.”


Lisa from Thrive After Three made this video about using Edward Gibbs’ I Spy series in flannel form. I love when librarians make videos. It’s so helpful!

Anne at So Tomorrow created a flannel adaption of The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade. It sounds like such a fun story to tell!


Jennifer at Storytime Extras made these Two Little Blackbirds props for the kids to use while saying the rhyme… Much more exciting than just using their pointer finger!


Katie at Story Time Secrets made this flannel set for the rhyme There Was an Old Man with a Beard by Edward Lear. Kids will love this silly rhyme, and will probably enjoy discussing what else could find a home in his beard!


Mrs. Todd at A Librarian Less Ordinary wrote about her Shark Storytime that included this flannel set to go along with the song Five Little Fishies. I love that shark!


Dana over at Magic Librarian created this Down by the Bay set to use with the Raffi’s version of the song. This set looks so fun, and this song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day now for sure!


Ms. Monica at Ram Ram Storytime shared this prop to go along with the book Monkey Soup by Lois Sachar. What a great way to bring this story to life!


Miss Sue at Library Village created a flannel set to tell the classic tale, Goldilocks. These pieces are GORGEOUS!


Anne at itsybitsymom made this fabulous I Can Read! rebus rhyme magnet set. I’m sure the kids loved making all kinds of different sentences!


Piper at Piper Loves the Library made this lovely flannel circles as part of her Common Ground Art Smart program. This sounds like such an amazing program, and Piper gives an in-depth how-to!


This week, I (Jenna at Stories with Ms. Jenna) made this cake to use with the rhyme Five Birthday Candles in my upcoming birthday storytime.

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Thanks everyone for your creative submissions this week!

For more information about Flannel Friday, check out the blog. To find more flannel inspiration, take a look at the pinterest.


Flannel: Five Birthday Candles

My library is on a few weeks storytime hiatus, but we start up again the week of my birthday! I’m going to tell the rhyme “Five Birthday Candles” using this felt birthday cake! The candles aren’t attached so I can take one off each time we blow one out.

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Five Birthday Candles

Five birthday candles
Wish there were more
Blow one out
Then there are four

Four birthday candles
Pretty as can be
Blow one out
Then there are three

Three birthday candles
Mother bought them new
Blow one out
Then there are two

Two birthday candles
Birthday cakes are fun
Blow one out
Then there was one

One birthday candle
A birthday wish is fun
Blow it out
Then there are none



Storytime: Hugs & Kisses

Since Valentine’s day is this week, I wanted to do a storytime related to it without actually saying it’s a Valentine’s day storytime. Instead, my theme was Hugs & Kisses! (Although I did still give out Valentines… awesome superhero ones!)

Book: The Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh


Rhyme: I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug,
I can hop, hop, hop,
I can kiss, kiss kiss,
I can stop, stop, stop.
I can nod my head yes,
And I can shake my head no,
And I can sit down very low.

Book: Hug a Bug by Eileen Spinelli


Song: Skinnamarink

I remembered this song from childhood, but wanted a reminder of all the motions… so I youtubed it of course and found this glorious video:

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!
I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Book: Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein


Song: Heart Freeze Dance
“Silly Dance Contest” –Jim Gill (The Sneezing Song)

I borrowed this idea from Sunflower Storytime. I cut out paper hearts, and at the “freeze” parts, the kids had to hold the hearts high in the air.

Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
Bur stop when I say freeze.
Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

Book: Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond


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Storytime: Birds

My latest Evening Family Storytime: Birds!

Book: I’m not cute! by Jonathan Allen


Rhyme: “Way Up In the Sky”

Learned from WCCLS Kids:

Way up in the sky
The little birds fly
While down in the nest
The little birds rest
Shhh! They’re sleeping.
With a wing on the left
And a wing on the right
The little birds sleep
All through the night.
Shhh! They’re sleeping.
Up comes the sun
And the dew drops away
Good morning, good morning,
The little birds say.

Book: Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman


Rhyme: “Little Bird”
I saw a little bird go hop, hop, hop (hop three times)
I told the little bird to stop, stop, stop (hold out hand for stop)
I went to the window to say “How do you do?” (handshake)
He wagged his little tail and far away he flew! (shake tail and fly away)

Book: Purple Little Bird by Greg E. Foley


Song: “Mother Gooney Bird” –Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael: Rockin Red

One wing, ready now!
Mother Gooney Bird had seven chicks,
And seven chicks had Mother Gooney Bird
And they couldn’t walk,
And they couldn’t talk,
But they all could go like this…

Two wings, ready now! CHORUS
Two wings, one foot, ready now! CHORUS
Two wings, two feet, ready now! CHORUS
Two wings, two feet, one head, ready now! CHORUS

Book: Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins


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Storytime: Elephants

I’ve fallen a little behind in posting my storytimes, so this is actually last week’s Evening Family Storytime. The theme was Elephants!

Book: Hide & Seek by Il Sung Na


Rhyme: “What a nose!”

An elephant stomps like this and that
He’s terribly big
And he’s terribly fat
He has big ears
And he has big toes
And goodness gracious
What a nose!

Book: Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting


Song: “Elephants Have Wrinkles”

Learned from this youtube video:

Elephants have wrinkles wrinkles wrinkles
Elephants have wrinkles
Wrinkles everywhere
On their toes
On their toes
No one knows
No one knows
Knees, hips, ears, trunks

Book: I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger


Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition by James Warhola


Rhyme: “Animals”

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, looooong, truck.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.

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