Sunday, 30 October 2011

More Mittens - and more playing with paint

I made some extra mittens on top of those I posted earlier in the week, and thought I'd share them ...

little piggies ... and

 leaves, but the yellow paint got a bit bubbly ...

festive pumpkins (used a toothpick here to move the white paint around)

white paint went on too thin, so was absorbed into the fabric

Just to show that a fair bit of procrastination is involved!

Flannel Friday Definitions (just a bit of fun!)

Flannel Friday Definitions (just a bit of fun!)

Book on Monitor by Rfc1394 - An image of a dictionary shown on a computer monitor.  Notice the thumbpoints on the gilt edge


Twitter hashtag #flannelfriday, see Flannel Friday


1. people who do or follow #FFRU

2. templates of flannel friday patterns (like freebies, but flannelized)


adj. a story, rhyme, song, or game with the potential to become a flannelboard


n1. a soft fabric made from wool or synthetics with a raised nap used to make flannelboards (aka felt in the UK)

n2. a soft warm cotton fabric, often worn as nightwear or casual outerwear by outdoor hunky-types and Flannel Friday-ers (casual definition)

n3. a story, rhyme, song, or game which has been transformed into a flannel story, flannel rhyme etc.


n. a flannel-covered surface to which other paper or flannel pieces, such as letters, numbers, shapes, and other creations adhere merely by contact. Also includes surfaces to which items stick by magnetism or loop and hook fastening (e.g. Velcro®) and double-sided tape.


v. the transformation of a story, rhyme, song or game into a flannel


n. another ("old school") name for a flannelboard or flannel board story


adj1. –ish, like a flannel, but made of alternate materials (not made of felt or flannel)

adj2. –lish, the best kind of flannel, gorgeous, the top of its game!


adj. shows a condition of excellence in flannelization


v. to transformation a story, rhyme, song or game into a flannel


n. a list of flannel board creations


n. the art/study of flannels, flannel boards and flannelization


n.1. the flannel pieces used with flannel boards

n.2. clothing made from flannel fabric, often plaid, worn as casual outerwear by the ‘other’ Flannel Friday folks (Twitter hashtag #flannelfriday)

Flannel Architect

n. a flannel designer or creator

Flannel Friday

 n1. informal group of children’s librarian storytellers who publish their flannel board blogs on a Friday (Twitter hashtag #flannelfriday). May be regarded as a Community of Practice as individuals share in and learn from the process.

n2. day on which some individuals wear casual flannel clothing (also using (Twitter hashtag #flannelfriday).

Fannel Friday Pinterest

Visual record of images from Flannel Friday blog posts.

Fannel Friday Round Robin
def. Flannel Friday-ers, children’s librarians, and anyone else uses flannel boards is invited to help Cate answer the question - What makes a story (picture book, song, rhyme, game, etc) flannelizable? Details on Cate's blog.

Fannel Friday Roundup

def. Weekly summary of Flannel Friday blog posts, hosted on a rotational basis. List of hosts past and present at So Tomorrow.


adj. sometimes they just work out that way!

Felt software (for iPad)
Felt Board by Software Smoothie
Fun Felt by QuriosApps

Gracelink by, Inc. (Bible Study Guides)

With thanks to the Flannel Friday Facebookers who contributed: Tami, Sharon H, Cate, Anne C & Sarah H.

 Apologies for any errors -  feel free to communicate additions or amendments either as comments here, or on Facebook – I’ll update periodically!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Flannel Friday - Mittens - experimenting with 3-d paint

Armed with 5 colours of 3-d paint and a little spare time these mittens are the result!
The inspiration was from Miss Mary Liberry's Matching Mittens back in July.  I'll make a few more pairs, but I need to go out and get some more felt/flannel colours first.

The yellow pair is an exact copy of Mary's (I think they are my favourites) - thanks Mary! 

However the red ones were all my own design, inspired by a design in a card-making book a colleague gave me as a birthday present earlier in the year.  I shall ditch the white ones - how come they look a different shape when they're cut from the same pattern?

The pattern for the mittens came from the first page of this story template for the Three Little Kittens.

I also plan to post the Flannel Dictionary/definitions/vocab/taxonomy over the weekend, so do check back later.  Do add suggestions for words to include at the facebook group.

Tracy at 123 More Storytimes is hosting the roundup this week.

Sorry this is so rushed, apologies for errors - I'll correct later!!!!!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Flannel Friday - Go Away Big Green Monster flannel story

This seems to be another popular flannel among Flannel Friday-ers and, hoping the advice that 'this is an easy one' was correct, I gave it a try. 
Go Away Big Green Monster

Pattern pieces can be found in various places and I decided on the ones at KidsClub. There are pdfs in black and white and colour, so this could easily be printed onto card too. There is another black and white version at Making Learning Fun and other activities to do with the book (cup cakes looked nice, but not practical for us).

Katie has a super smart flannel at Storytime Katie and Amy at Laptime and Storytime has two versions; conventional and a super pumpkin variation!

I didn't have any light or bright green felt for the face, so used a scrap of quilting fabric (with a sort of tie-dye pattern), glued onto a piece of felt of the same size - the was the first time trying this, and seems to have stuck well without being too heavy. I'll let you know how it works out!

By the way, I used Mel's new Storytime Search to check who else had used this flannel, and I can thoroughly recommend it.

The Flannel Friday Roundup this week is hosted by Anna at Future Librarian Superhero and links to past and future roundups can be found at SoTomorrow.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Picture books for Roald Dahl Funny Prize (part 2)

Limelight Larry
Cover image from Goodreads
Limelight Larry by Larry Hodgkinson (3 out of 5)
We all know that peacocks like to show off right?  Well, Limelight Larry is no exception, and this book is all about him (or so he thinks).  However when all his cute animal friends make appearances in HIS book, Larry's share of the limelight is reduced, and HE IS NOT HAPPY about it. However, he discovers that you can't show off without an audience and learns an important lesson about sharing and all ends well.  The story is written in all sorts of wacky type which makes it more difficult for new readers to read for themselves, but great for adults to read aloud because all the IMPORTANT words and phrases are HIGHLIGHTED for emphasis!

First Week at Cow School
Cover image from GoodReads
First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill (4 out of 5)
This is a follow-on book to The Cow that Laid an Egg and The Best Cow in Show, in which Daisy starts school.  Daisy doesn't seem to be so good at the things that all the other cows are good at, and she starts to get a little deflated.  That is, until the chickens visit the head teacher and the curriculum changes overnight.  The tables are turned and Daisy excels whereas the other cows can only stand back and admire her talents.  Kids will find lots to laugh at in this book; who couldn't resist a snicker at cowpat training! It would be a great selection to celebrate difference and individuality.

The earlier post reviews

The final part will include

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Flannel Friday - Pete the Cat - I spent too long making these!

This was my first ever flannel, and I started it way back when I first discovered Flannel Friday.

I loved the book, Pete the Cat - I love my white shoes, and FELT that I had to do more than just read it and sing along! When I discovered several of the flannel friday folks had already made flannel of it, I had to try it for myself.  However, as a complete beginner, I made it way too complicated, and I didn't get it finished in time, so put the flannel idea to one side. It featured in an early blog post in an unfinished state and eventually got finished (the pictures are shown below).

I love all my shoes ...
... but I love my Red shoes best!
Meantime I'd introduced the book and song to all our visiting groups (Nursery classes, Storytimes, Rhymetimes and Rising 3's), and they all loved it too!

I would like to share with you a reading of the book I found which shows how much it has impressed another 'reader'.  I just wished we had the technology to offer to make videos like this in the library.

So, I've ended up with a set of overly elaborate shoes, and feel I need to do more activities with them to justify the time expended on them.  Can you help me out here, and suggest other activities to use them with?

The Flannel Friday Round up is at Rain Makes Applesauce this week. Thanks for the button Mel!
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