I have a confession to make: I never used a flannel board before I started participating in #FlannelFriday. Well that’s not completely true. I tried 2x to use a flannel board story in storytime. They were both major storytime FAILS! Both experiences were so traumatic that I almost (and probably should have) just stopped in the middle.**** Also, I’m something of a scatterbrain; and idea of keeping track of all those pieces gave me hives. Anyway, to make a long excuse short, I just put it off for a while. Flannel Friday got my creative juices flowing. Ever since I started participating in this weekly tradition, I’ve been using including a flannel board (or at least an alt storytelling method) in every storytime.
Now that summer reading is over, and the storytime season (a.k.a. the school year) begins. It seemed like a good time to weed the storytime collection in our department. It took some time, but we’ve made some room for new stuff. I also discovered the magic of pellon. I love it! I went to Joanne Fabric and bought a bunch of it. I’ve already used it to make 2 flannel boards. Pros: Tracing, cheap, great for layered/hide-and-seek stories Cons: not super durable (some of the older flannels in our collection have faded, and turned yellow (ick!)). I don’t know when these pellon boards were made, so I can’t say how long it takes for them to get icky. I guess, I’ll just have to wait and see. If they last a few years, and I use them over and over again. I won’t mind remaking them.
So this flannel friday (and probably for the next few weeks) features PELLON!
I took this one from:
Bug In A Rug is part rhyme, part memory game. First I set up the bugs like this:
I ask the kids to help me identify each one.
Then I turn the board around, and I hide one of the bugs under the rug. When I turn it back around we say this rhyme:
Bug in a rug
Bug in a rug
Which one of you bugs
Is snug in my rug?
To switch it up a little, I put 2 bugs under the rug.
To make it a little easier, I let a little hint peak out on the side.
****How does a person mess up a flannel board story? #1) The storyteller (me) bumps the board at the climax of the story, and all the flannel pieces fall to the floor in a messy little pile. #2) too embarrassing, and confusing to explain.