How to Make a Felt Board
Flannel Friday: Storage Pocket!
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OMGosh-- DUH! Put a storage pocket on the back of the board.
Flannel Friday: Storage Pocket!
I use my travel felt board all the time in my outreach storytimes but it's a real pain to keep track of all the pieces. I keep them in baggies or pockets in my purse, but things still get lost- few things are more disappointing than telling the group it's time to play Little Mouse…
The Dilley Dally: Flannel Friday- Making flannel boards
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Flannel Friday- Making flannel boards
This is going to be a boring post. At the beginning of every storytime session I give out a flannel board to each kiddo. JoAnn's just had their felt on sale for $2.99 a yard so I stocked up! Flannel boards are ready to go. I like using the pizza boxes so they have somewhere to store the flannels they'll get at the end of each storytime. I don't remember where I found this idea, it was sometime in 2012 or earlier. Take an new pizza box and cut felt to fit the top. Just hot glue around the edges and ta-da! I usually get pizza boxes from our local Gordon Food Services. I've been doing it this way for a few years. The kids love getting their own flannel board!
Flannel Friday: Travel Board Upgrade
A Weather Doll Can Solve Power Struggles Over Clothes
Books and Giggles: Weather Doll
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Use dress up felt people as part of weather board. Ask, "What clothes should we wear in this weather?"
What is Bridget Reading?: Flannel Board Table from Grace
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What is Bridget Reading?: Flannel Friday: 4th Anniversary Guest Post Palooza...Flannel Board Table by Grace
Flannel table with signage
Flannel Friday: 4th Anniversary Guest Post Palooza...Flannel Board Table by Grace
Piper Loves the Library: Old Mother Goose visits Flannel Friday
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Nursery Rhymes - books & flannel Light years ago I sat on the floor in the Hartford Convention Center with a group of librarians singing and laughing and learning Mother Goose on the Loose with Betsy Diamont Cohen. Shorty thereafter I brought this program to our town libraries and the rest, they say, is history. The foundation of rhyming, singing and playing with flannels combined with confidence-building-repetition create a magical mix. Kids love to know what's going to happen and they figure this pattern out in a few weeks. Everyone puts the instruments away as we chant "bells away, bells away, put your bells away today". Everyone cuddles when we sing Twinkle Twinkle and everyone stops when the "drum says STOP" Magic! Because it sure as heck isn't my singing voice! I am a giant fan of this program and enjoy training new staff members. Mother Goose on the Loose is jam-packed in our town. Our families love it. And Piper doesn't even attend! She is always sure that she is the "Big Attraction" so we won't burst the Piper bubble! Here is my Humpty Dumpty - he's been on the floor more than the flannel board - but heck...that's what he was made for! The fact that he's sideways is totally bizarre and I can't fix him. Neither can all the king's soldiers nor all the king's men. This would normally drive me nuts but I am going to move on. Yep, I am...moving on. Moving on - each child has the opportunity to come up to the flannel board and knock Humpty right off of his wall. Oh My Goodness - they adore it. Here are the Dickey Birds and this rhyme is almost creepy - they love it and follow along cult like! The little ones, the non-talkers, move their pointer fingers around when they see me. This is how they identify me - the lady with the two birds! Oh the sacrifices I make!! And now, there's Old Mother Goose. I always thought I would remake her, flannel purest that I am, but no-sirree. It never happened. She's on the Flannel Board to welcome everyone as they come in. We all ready-our-wings and chant "Old Mother Goose when she wanted to wander would fly through the air on her very fine gander" We do that 2x. We do everything 2x! And then we move right into Goosey Goosey Gander... And here's how I store these precious gems that keep on giving - recycled Realia bags. Love me a good free-cycle! All of the bags go into storage tubs - waterproofing is big in old New England buildings. My program room along with flannels, puppets, crafts, instruments and multiple copy books are all in the basement. Here's one of the four tubs! Thanks for visiting Piper Loves the Library. She's snoozin' so we'll just keep this post to ourselves! If you'd like to learn about this tremendously supportive and talented group - check out the blog! Flannel Friday is here to inspire and help.
Old Mother Goose visits Flannel Friday
Library Village: Flannel Friday Series - Felts3Ways. Fish
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I was really excited by the Ohio Library Council's Convention and Expo last October. The Library Village took part in the Convention by presenting felt board techniques in a poster session. My piece of the presentation involved showing how to use ONE felt set in each of the three age groups (or 4 in some cases) we serve: Baby, Toddler, Preschool (and young school age) Story Times. This technique saves time and money for your department by sharing resources. The next installment in my series Felts 3 Ways (a-la Iron Chef....oh dear, it might be sushi this time) is on the topic of Fish. This set will work great for lots of themes such as fish, sharks, ocean, summer, and fractured fairy tales. First, here is the whole set. The artwork could not be easier as I traced the pieces right out of the book The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Will Grace, Ken Geist, and Julie Gorton. The felts were outlined in a light marker but then embellished with puffy paint. For Baby Story Time, we can play peek-a-boo with the baby fish as the mommy fish looks for her baby. Using the three houses, one baby and the mama fish, we can play hide and seek. Where is the baby fish? Oh I see her! She is in the sandcastle! Next up for Toddlers, we have a fun rhyme based on 5 Little Monkeys sitting in a Tree: 5 Little Fish swimming in the sea Teasing Mr Shark "Can't catch me!" Along comes Mr Shark....SNAP! Oh No! Where is he? And then for Preschool - of course we would use the whole story of the Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark. And the best part is when the shark tries to break the ship house but all of his teeth fall out and he is stuck eating seaweed salad for dinner! Thanks to Bridget from What is Bridget Reading for hosting Flannel Friday this week. What is Flannel Friday you might say? Well, Check out the Flannel Friday BLOG for more. Or you can check out Flannel Friday on Facebook, and even on Pinterest! You can also follow Flannel Friday on Twitter using the Hashtag #Flannelstorytime. Thanks for stopping by!
Pop Goes the Page: Flannel of the Future (using conductive thread)
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Usher your flannel board into the future with this fantastic conductive thread!
How to create lighted flannel boards SO HAVE TO DO THIS!!!
flannel board 2015
Pre-Literacy in Storytime for Toddlers: Using Felt Board by Software Smoothie, by Katrina Bergen | Little eLit
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I like the design with several colors of felt (but this is software, not a real borad). Pre-Literacy in Storytime for Toddlers: Using Felt Board by Software Smoothie, by Katrina Bergen | Little eLit
Felt Board by Software Smoothie - teaching the concept of Same and Different
Pre-Literacy in Storytime for Toddlers: Using Felt Board by Software Smoothie
Magnetic travel sized flannel board from A Librarian Less Ordinary
Magnetic travel sized flannel board (using a large magnetic calendar and thin flannel material. | A Librarian Less Ordinary
portable magnetic flannelboard--small magnetic board, cover with felt
A Librarian Less Ordinary: Travel-Size Felt Board
Flannel Friday: Travel Flannel Folder - RovingFiddlehead KidLit
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Flannel Friday: Travel Flannel Folder
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A flannel board made from a pocket folder- great for car travel, but also a nice way to provide each child in a classroom or storytime with a flannelboard.
Flannel Friday Inspiration: Elephants in the Tub & on a Spiderweb - RovingFiddlehead KidLit
There have been a couple of great elephant flannelboard ideas on Flannel Friday so I made one set of elephants plus a bathtub out of milk filters and added a few pipe cleaners to the elephant bag (for the spiderweb mentioned below). Five Elephants in the Bathtub comes from Future Librarian Superhero. One elephant in …
Storytime ABC's: Gingerbread Friends
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Storytime ABC's: Flannel Friday: Gingerbread Friends ~ Fun and Games! & Gingerbread Playdough Recipe!
Storytime ABC's: Gingerbread Friends...numeracy! (tip:use embroidery to add details)
Storytime ABC's: Flannel Friday: Gingerbread Friends ~ Fun and Games!
Flannel Friday: Gingerbread Friends ~ Fun and Games!
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time from The Library Adventure. This demonstrates teacher led, then independent use of flannel boards by children retelling stories and rhymes.
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One of my favorite props to use in library programs is the flannel board. It is a versatile tool that can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the story time experience for kids and their famili...
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time. It may be "old school," but the little ones still love the flannel board!
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time. The tips are pretty basic, but definitely sound useful! Also looks like a good blog to follow.
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time :: Another great resource for librarians from Katie!
"Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time" Change up story time by telling the story on the board or have visuals that go along with the story, or have the children take turns re-enacting each page on the board, or have the children tell their own stories. Great for inspiring creativity and providing another sense to engage during story time.
Story Time Secrets: LibraryAdventure.com: Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board by Katie Fitzgerald
Five Ways to Use a Flannel Board During Story Time.
Libraryland: Flannel Friday-Sock Puppet App
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Libraryland: Flannel Friday-Sock Puppet App- also has good parachute and shaker songs
Libraryland: Apps-Sock Puppets app
Okay, I will admit it-I didn't make a new flannelboard for this week as I am heading out on vacation as of 5 p.m. on Thursday. I have been working on a presentation that I will be doing with three of my colleagues (Alicia, Lisa, and Kara) in October at the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference called "50 Apps in 50 Minutes". Since I have been living and breathing apps as I work on this, I thought I would show off one of the apps that works well in a story time environment. Sock Puppets is a free app for iPads and iPhones. When I use it with a story time group, I design my puppets and usually add in some silly features (mustaches!). After I create my puppets, I record one of the songs that I will be using that day to make a video. When I press "play", the puppets will then sing the song. This works great for me as when I am up front singing, I want a cd, background music, or Sock Puppets playing along to accompany me. If you do use this app in story time, I would recommend looking at the size of your group, then looking at your screen to make sure they can see the puppets. If they can't or you have a larger group, you may want an Apple TV so everybody can see. This is not something that I pull out every week, but it is a fun tool from my arsenal to make story time memorable. While I haven't done it yet, I also see the potential in this app for a big kids' creation program. Kids could create their puppets and content, then put on their shows for everybody in attendance. This week's Flannel Friday round-up is hosted by Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime. If you work at a public library between Metro Detroit and Washington, D.C., you may see me popping in for a visit over the next week.
Flannel Friday-Sock Puppets
Libraryland: Flannel Friday-Old vs. New
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Libraryland: Flannel/big red barn ?
One of the first flannelboards that I ever made out of felt was The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. It is fun to pull out a flannelboard from the beginning of my career 12 years ago, because my technique has changed and the quality of my work has gone up. The pieces on the left below are some of my original pieces. The ones on the right are ones that I redid this week. My old technique was to cut out shapes based on clip art patterns and color them with Sharpie markers. It worked, but I personally like the effect that puffy paint has on the finished pieces. They are more vibrant and easier to see when working with a larger crowd. We also have an AccuCut machine with many dies at our library and access to more through our local Intermediate School District. I try to use dies whenever possible now as it is a time-saving device. I can run the felt through the machine with a die, rather than pinning the pattern and cutting the shape out. I also learned that it is sometimes a good idea to put a couple of parts of the story together. For example, I used to pass out 11 separate eggs for this story that are each about 1 inch tall. They tended to get lost. Below is what I now do instead. This is one of the few flannelboards where I pass out the pieces to the kids. If you do something like this, you will want to set aside 10-15 minutes of your program as it really does take that long for them to get the pieces onto the flannelboard. I have 28 pieces (plus the barn) in my set so each child in my story times gets one piece to add to the board. There are places where you can add more animals, such as the red puppies or the bats, if you need more pieces. By having the kids put the pieces on the flannelboard, this leaves my hands free to remove them for space as we go through the story. Below are my pictures of The Big Red Barn. Here is our big red barn. I added a sunshine because the moon comes up later on. My barn is also cool because the doors open, which makes it a fun guessing game if we sing Old MacDonald. The pink pig, the great big horse, a very little horse, and the golden weather vane. Note-for the weather vane, I cut the golden horse out of felt and mounted it on a blue circle. The actual vane and direction parts are made out of puffy paint. Big pile of hay, a little pile of hay, the sheep, the donkey, the goose, the goat, and a scarecrow Field mouse and corn The rooster, the pigeon, and the big white hen with one egg The bantam rooster and the 10 eggs (the bantam hen is still drying). To add some extra fun, I numbered the eggs. For future reference, yellow is not a good color to use for numbers that you want to pop out. Big brown cow and little brown cow Black cat, tiger cat, big red dog, and little puppy dogs The little black bats and the moon Linda at Notes from the Story Room is hosting this week's Flannel Friday round-up. Stop by for some great ideas!
Flannel Friday-Old vs. New
Piper Loves the Library: Flannel Friends
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My Flannel Friends! (have mustaches!) Flannel Friday rocks my week! I look forward to connecting with my virtual friends, my partners-in-felt, librarians, moms and fellow educators each week for inspiration. I thank you all for this creative collaboration. AMEN Beyond Flannel Friday we have flannel friends live and in person. And that's just the best. Truth be told - when my crafty colleague Kari Ann accepted a new position...I was sad and happy, (and sad again) But ...I was grumpy when some of my wild and crazy friends, virtual and otherwise, (hmmm) attended ALA and got together...'cuz...like the song says..."the more we get together the happier we'll be!" I want more... I want happier! And it is all about me! So here we are a'flanneling! Happy! Happy! Making our flannel pieces...sporting our flannel mustaches. Everyone knows that this is what you do with left over stiffened felt, right? Make mustaches! Here's a link for templates - Craftzee. (great place!) Just cut off the points on the skinny ka-bob skewers or better yet, use a chop stick, with a couple of pre-made glue dots - and you're lookin' good! So get on that Clip-Clop horse, "pardner," and mosey on over to Connecticut! It must be time for another workshop and some silly mustaches! Sunglasses are optional yet very "smart" in the fashion world or... for your secret identity! P.S. (Piper Script) Do you have a favorite flannel board? This is ours. We'd love to hear what you're using.
Piper Loves the Library
Piper Loves the Library: Flannel Friday Old School - it's a how to!
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Place flannel on the back of objects that have been laminated
Piper Loves the Library: Flannel Friday Old School
Old School - it's a how to!
"back in the day" ...Right! I am grateful that the sun no longer shines on the phrase "back in the day" It has faded from popularity - amen! Hearing those words from a twenty-something made my brain giggle while desperately trying to maintain a serious listening face. Honestly...back in the day, when you were what, ten? ...which is about 14 years ago? Oh..THAT "back in the day" Right! Perspective people! And yes, I am including myself. When a 7 year old tells me about "a long time ago when I was a little baby...." I think it's just adorable. But when the twenty-somethings with no kids, no mortgage, no worries, speak about the wonders of "back in the day ..." well, it's like fingernails on chalk boards. (our schools don't even have chalk boards anymore!) I'm guilty here of some age bias. But "no worries" "keep calm and flannel on" While putting away The Very Hungry Caterpillar flannel pieces I thought - maybe I should take some photos and chat them up on FF. Oh, and how about Brown Bear as well. They were created about the same time (back in the day) and with the same method. I drew them, outlined them, colored, laminated, cut and added small pieces of flannel to the back. Wow, they are twenty-something years old - the flannel board pieces! Ha! Here's the backsides of the four strawberries. Old school hits the nail on the head for today's story time. The best thing about the experience of this method is how I've adapted it today for a personal touch in some of our story times. When we do the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear on the flannel board we can now have our very own piece on the flannel board. Let's say we have Cole with his mom in our group...they can create a drawing, color it, place book tape over it and cut it out. Glue some felt on the back and wow! WOW! ...they are now a part of our Brown Bear flannel board story in just minutes. And we can use them for the whole 6 week session. "It's all good" UPDATE on this post: the Tacky glue can cause some irregularities in your colors. Tips: use thick paper or use Elmer's glue. P.S. (Piper Script) Brown Bear, we love you.
Flannel Friday Old School - it's a how to!
Flannel Friday: Pop-up Flannel Boards | Read It Again!
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Read It Again!: Flannel Friday: Pop-up Flannel Boards
Flannel Friday: Pop-up Flannel Boards
garden pop-up flannel board
Right in with the SRP theme of Dig into Reading was our garden story time for week 2. Luckily, the messiness of mud week had not scared the toddlers (or their mommies and caregivers away) and we had a bigger crowd than we did for the first week. The first book that we read was Zoe Hall's The surprise garden. In this story some children are given seeds and plant them without knowing what they are. They look at how the seeds are different from each other and then plant them in the ground, marking them to know where they are. Then, they tend their garden and wait for the seeds to pop up. This book has nice, bold and colorful illustrations and is great for a discussion about gardening. Our second story was Up, down, and around by Katherine Ayers. This was a fun book that talked about how different plants grow; some up, some down, and some around and around. I had the kids do the actions of up (arms up) down (arms down) and around and around (circle hands like when you sing the wheels on the bus). This made the story more interactive. There is not much text, but the kids had a good time doing the motions as we read. The last story we did was the pop-up flannel board that I created. You can read more about how I made it here. The rhyme that went with the board goes: One little seed planted in the ground, Give it lots of sun, and water all around. Now we have to wait and see, For a sprout to pop up, What will it be? Then the kids told me what popped up from the seed. They really liked this one. At the end the worm popped up so we talked about how worms do not grow from seeds but not all seeds grow into a plant. We also talked about how worms help the plants to grow. We sang the song See the sun by The Learning Groove. We talked about how gardens need the sun to grow. This song had us walking, skipping, and flying in the sunshine. Laurie Berkner's Fruit salad salsa fit well into the theme. We got out the shakers for this song and salsa'd around with the fruit. Another fun fruit song is Carole Peterson's B-bananas. This is a fun chant where the kids are bananas, they peel bananas, eat bananas, and go bananas. Of course it is so much fun that then you do it again! Our craft for the week was a parts of the flower craft. I found the idea on Pinterest, and you can see the pin here. I think it is from the blog Mrs. Mayas' Kindergarten, but someone only pinned the main website and I had trouble locating the post.
I am sure that by now you have seen my worm flannel - you know, 'cause I've posted it twice :) Well, since I did all that work making the foam core board for the wormies to slide along I decided I needed to find other uses for it - and so we have POP-UP flannel boards! I have actually done something similar before with my butterfly board. But unlike that one these can be easily changed for whatever you have made to go along with it. If you want to know how the board itself was made you can read about it here. To modify the board I made a 'shelf' out of cardboard and toilet paper rolls. I decorated a cardboard strip with some flannel grass... I put some grass on the back and the front to add a little 'depth.' Next I cut some toilet paper rolls in half and taped them on with some heavy duty tape. I realized after the fact that a paper towel roll would have done nicely, but I did not have one on hand and I am kind of impatient. Anyway, I line the half rolls up along the back to make a little shelf. Then I needed something to push it out from the board so I would have room for the flannels in the shelf. So, more tp rolls were cut and pieces were added to each end. I added some Velcro dots to each round piece on the end as well as to a few spots along the shelf where it will touch the board. I forgot to take a picture with the Velcro, but it seems to do its job. It does wobble a little, I think it will be ok for story time, but I may end up reinforcing it with some binder clips 'just in case.' In a few weeks I am doing a gardening theme, so I came up with a rhyme about planting seeds and then various things will grow. One little seed planted in the ground, Give it lots of sun, and water all around. Now we have to wait and see, For a sprout to pop up, What will it be? A tree! We will repeat with 2, 3, 4, and 5 seeds. Wait a minute... that last guy is a worm (well, looking at it right now he's first, but whatever). Worms don't grow from seeds! No, worms do not grow from seeds, but they are very good for the soil and help plants grow by making food that plants can use. And, sometimes, not all seeds grow. Every once in awhile you get a dud. This week's flannel round-up can be found with Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime. All things Flannel Friday related can be found at the blog and all Flannel Friday contributions, both past and present can be seen at Pinterest.
How to Make a Flannel Story
Thrive After Three: How to Make a Flannel Story