Saturday, 14 April 2012

Flannel Friday Round Up: April 13th 2012


A Big Flannel Friday welcome to newcomer Monica at Ram Sam Storytime. Her flannel recounts the story in the book Blue Sea by Robert Kalan. Not only are her flannels bright and beautiful, but her fish PASS THROUGH the holes in her flannel props!
We have a second newcomer to welcome to Flannel Friday. Danielle of Stories with Library Danielle has a Ducks flannel to use with the song Little White Duck and a host of early literacy activities too.

A Step Back in Time

Anne at So Tomorrow shows us an historic flannel board from her library in the 1970’s and takes us down memory lane with some story titles from her (and possibly your) childhood.

Flannel Rhymes

My (Library Quine at Loons and Quines) contribution this week is a flannel to go with the rhyme Hippety-hop, Hippety-hay, but which could easily be used with any 5 Little Bunnies rhyme. I’ve included a download-able template for those of you in a hurry (as I usually am) and would be thrilled to hear your views on using Creative Commons.
Madigan shows us her Five Fish Feltboard to use with an “extensible” rhyme. I’m all for something which doesn’t rely on learning more new stuff to learn by rote for storytime, and her fish are pretty too!
Sarah at Read, Sarah, Read brings us an inventive remake of 5 little caterpillars and not one more with caterpillars, cocoons and emerging butterflies. As a bonus she also shares her Very Hungry Caterpillar set and sock caterpillar and the rhyme Where Is The Beehive? with glove and flannel bees.
At Recipe For Reading you’ll find the rhyme 5 Little Pigs Rolled in the Mud, with a tweak in the rhyme to include a farmer.
Lisa at Libraryland has a Rain Rhyme and umbrella pieces in her Colors in the Rain post which can be used with color and counting activities too.

Lucy In the Children’s Room has an original butterfly rhyme and accompanying flannels in her Butterfly, Butterfly post. She’s still playing with the rhyme, suggestions anyone?

Storytime Sparks has a flower rhyme and a pretty pansy flannel on her Ah-choo post which she used in a Sneezes storytime.

Flannel Books

Miss Tara bring us a whole smorgasbord of egg and chicken games, books, flannels and music in her The last of eggs and chickens for a while. Her flannels enhance the books The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine, and Charlie Chick, a pop up book.

Bridget of What is Bridget Reading? has a flannel memory game for a follow-on activity to the book 10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel. She made simple colour-coded rabbit heads to help the children retell to story.

Jane at Piper Loves the Library has a S.T.E.M. Spirals in Nature post showing us her lovely spiral flannel pieces to go with the non-fiction book Swirl by Swirl, Spirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes.

Storytime Fun over at Storytime ABCs has a folder story in her There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some … post based on the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, adapted and illustrated by Johnette Downing. I love that she cries instead of dies.
Tracey over at 1,2,3,4 More Storytimes shares a magnet board version of Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, complete with magnetized sponge to wash dog and sweep his spots away.

Flannel Songs

Sarah at Read It Again! has a variation on the Old Macdonald song with a Old MacDonald Had Some Tools. There are some nice tools and actions and advice on adapting the length of song to the audience interest level.

Six Cranberries brings us an interactive version of the song Slippery Fish where each eaten fish slips inside a pocket in increasingly larger sea creatures.
Courtney of Miss Courtney Meets Bobo shows us some delicious flannel pieces to go along with Raffi’s song Going on a Picnic.

Storytime Props

Andrea at Roving Fiddlehead Kidlit shares some amazing silk handiwork from her travels in China with her Exotic Chinese Animals – as she says, perfect for Chinese New Year as well as for favourite animal songs. Silk beats flannel every time, right?

Flannel Games and Activities

Linda over at Notes from the Storyroom puts her magnet board to use as a promotional aid for her summer reading program in the form of a memory game in her A Way to Promote Library Programs post.

Cate at Storytiming has a color blending magic post about demonstrating color blending using play-doh.


Here are some additions that didn't make the original round up:

The Voices Inside My Headphones shows us how to make an ingenious craft to go use with the book Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau.

Kari Ann tells us her complete adaptation of The Carrot (originally by Judy Sierra) in collage flannel pieces which have passed the test of time.

Want more? 

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Next week’s round up will be hosted by Cate @storytimingcate at Storytiming featuring a Post-Easter-Sale Story Prop Extravaganza!


  1. Love how you organized the round-up this week. Thanks for hosting.

  2. Hi! Thanks for hosting. My flannel Friday is waiting at Thanks. Kari Ann

    1. It's now on the Round up Kari. Love your flannels and can't believe that they've lasted so well, they still look beautiful. I'll have to try that technique for myself (BTW what adhesive works best?).


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