Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Flannel Friday Roundup - Friday 3rd May 2013

Welcome to this week's Flannel Friday Roundup!

What a great melange of storytime ideas we have for you this week from the Flannel Friday crew.  Yes, I LOVE that word, but have to say that it only just beats ‘mishmash’ or ‘hodgepodge’. What I really want to say is that we’ve got a fantastic variety of activities and themes to enhance your storytimes; there’s something for everyone!

Brooke of Reading With Red blog deserves a big Flannel Friday welcome for her first ever Flannel Friday post! In her Tell A Pigeon Story post, she has a flannel based on Mo Willem’s Pigeon characters and props and shows us how they are used in the library’s early literacy center.

Mother’s Day

Here are some ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day in storytime (May 12th 2013 in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – in the UK it was back in March).

Jen in the Library has an adorable flannel set for an animal mother and babies matching activity rhyme. With all those fun animal noises what could go wrong (apart from running out of space on the board, that is)?

Kathryn at Fun With Friends At Storytime shares a selection of ideas for a Mother’s Day storytime in her Gift For Mummy post including an original Mother’s Day rhyme to use with clip art and a variation on the Little Mouse flannel with ‘Where’s the Cheese for Mother Mouse?’

In her Play Ball post Kathryn also tells us about using pellon to make flannel pieces and a cute flannel board rhyme called ‘Playing Ball’.

Lisa from Libraryland has a Crazy Traffic Light flannel set to use with the hilarious poem by Rob Reid.

Miss Angie at Mrs Andre’s Library shares ‘What Can You Do With a Box’ - a fun cardboard box post with a counting and shape-building flannel board activity made with cardboard and magnets.

Kathy at Bird’s Books has a colourful set of pirate finger puppets that she uses with a favourite pirate rhyme.

At Notes From The Storyroom, Linda continues her series of telling a tale 5 ways. This week she shows us a draw and tell version of The Fisherman and His Wife.

In her Cake Circles and Clothespins post at Mel’sDesk, Mel introduces us an adaptable early literacy activity with clothes pegs. She uses a farm yard theme, and makes lots of suggestions for alternatives and for follow-on activities.

At What Is Bridget Reading, Bridget has made an awe-inspiring set of flannel pieces to accompany the flannel board activity of Mix and Match Cinderella. Inspired by Mel’s original she has truly made this her own.

Andrea has revitalised an old **SCOTTISH** favourite at Roving Fiddlehead Kidlit with a bright flannel version of Aiken Drum with loose pieces for a participatory storytime song. [**no bias here!]

In her latest post Katie from Storytime Secrets shares an original rhyme she wrote about her Five Little Unicorns with a link to the clipart. 

Miss Courtney serves up Five Delicious Cupcakes - a charming take on the traditional Happy Birthday song with an additional activity giving the birthday child, or a whole group of children, the opportunity to add cherries to match their age so can also be used as a getting to know you activity.

Mollie’s latest post at Storytime With Miss Mollie includes an adaptation of the Five Little Robots rhyme from a fellow Flannel Friday-er and makes it her own with a hi-tech version set in Hank’s Robot Shop!

At Read Rabbit Read, Sarah has made some fabulous hand puppets of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for an early literacy fair. She’s even included patterns so we can easily replicate them – Thanks Sarah!

Miss Angela at Spectacular Story Time has a real conversation piece with her emotions flannel activity, It’s just Emooootions, Taking Me Over.

Now, at Ram Sam Storytime we get to visit the circus and Monica shares her build-a-clown-face storytime activity about Clancy the Clown. As a bonus we also get a simple ‘At the Circus’ draw and tell story.

Finally, Jane at Piper Loves the Library introduces us to an adorable picture book ‘Zoe Gets Ready’ by Bethanie Deeney Murguia as a means of illustrating her preparedness for the Flannel Panel at CLA.

If you want to know more:

Find out about Flannel Friday on the dedicated website. Features include past roundups, host schedule and how to participate.

Scan images and links to Flannel Friday posts on Pinterest.

Search for flannels and storytime ideas at Mel's Desk.

Discuss storytimes and flannel boards on the Flannel Friday Facebook Page.

Kay Leigh is holding the Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother wand (for May and june 2013). If you have queries regarding Flannel Friday you can contact her at


  1. This is my first Flannel Friday post! It's using Mo Willem's Pigeon characters in our early literacy center. Thank you for hosting!

  2. Hi LQ! My post should appear around 9 EST on Friday. It's called The Crazy Traffic Light.

  3. Hi LQ I am sharing a very simple but fun carboard box post, it is called "What Can You Do With a Box?"

    Angie Andre :-)

  4. Hi Brooke, Lisa and Miss Angie thanks for your links - this is going to be a fine roundup!

  5. Thanks for hosting this week. It's chilly/mild/wet/dry here in North Carolina too! I'm sharing a Mother's day post this week for the big day coming up!

  6. Here is my second FF post: a set of pirate finger puppets.

  7. Greetings Kheineck and Kathryn. I've snagged your links - thanks for participating.

  8. I have a second short post if you have room for it. It's about a way to use pellon to make flannel pieces

  9. The saga continues:

    Thanks for hosting.

  10. Thanks for your link Linda - I always learn something new from you. We'll fit your second post Kathryn, easily!

  11. Hi LQ! So happy I have a post this week! It will go up around 8am MST. Thank you so much!

  12. I'm happy that you have too Mel! Thanks

  13. Here's mine:

  14. Thanks for hosting! Here's my post:

  15. Here's my post about a unicorn rhyme I wrote for story time on Tuesday.

  16. "Five Delicious Cupcakes" by Miss Courtney

  17. Here's my Flannel Friday for this week: Five Little Robots - Thanks for hosting this week!

  18. Hi LQ! After a bit of a break, I'm back for Flannel Friday with a mothers and babies flannelboard for Mother's Day:

    Thanks so much for hosting! -Jen

  19. Thanks for al your links. I'll post the roundup tomorrow.

  20. I hope I am not too late. Here is my Flannel Friday post for my Goldilocks and the Three Bears hand puppets

    Thanks for hosting!

  21. Whoop, nearly forgot it was Friday! My flannel board for the week is here:

  22. Not too late Sarah & Angela - it's still Friday (even here in te UK)!

  23. Whew! Almost forgot ...
    Let's go to the CIRCUS!
    Here's mine ...


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