This story fits a variety of different themes: colors, size, birds, homes, opposites…you name it! The book is actually an excellect non-fiction read aloud. I stumbled across it the other day while I was browsing the 510s. Anyway, inspired by Storytime Katie’s adorable 5 little owls last week I just had to adapt it for Flannel Friday.
It’s a pretty simple story: Little Birdie is looking for a new home. His friends, Blue and Big Pinky, (I changed the names) offer to help him with his house hunting. I think this makes an excellent interactive story, especially in flannel form. As we go from house to house, I ask the kids to describe each one. Then I ask if they think Birdie would want to live there.
I also ask if someone else might like it if Birdie doesn’t. I decided to have the houses match the colors of each bird to add that extra element of visual matching.
It turns out there are 3 houses on the market in their neighborhood:
The first house is much too big and wide for Birdie.
But it’s just perfect for Big Pinky!
The second house is much too tall and narrow for Birdy. He wouldn’t be cozy at all
But it’s just perfect for Blue!
Finally they find a little red house!
“It’s perfect!” squeals Birdy, “I’ll take it.” All 3 friends are happy in their new cozy new homes. Best of all, now that they are neighbors, they can play together as often as they like!
As you can see from the cover, there are actually 5 birds in the story. I thought this seemed a little long for a flannel board, so I cut it down to 3. I could always add more birds in the future. I was also thinking this would make a good Apron story. In this case I would put the birds on me, and make flying motions with my arms as the birds fly from one house to the next. I don’t think we have an apron right now, so I may have to look into purchasing one.
I have templates, but I did end up altering the flannel pieces a bit. I am not sure I should post them, lest some one use them and realize halfway through that they’re all wonky (…and then end up cursing my name). Believe me when I say, I’m no artist…if I can do it, you can too!
But if you take a look, you can see all the pieces are constucted from simple shapes: circles/ovals, rectangles/squares, and triangles. I used ready-made shapes in Microsoft Word (see Insert in the toolbar, and select the shapes mentioned above)