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Flannel Friday: Where’s My Teddy?

I’m back!

Things have been crazy at the library lately with SRC and a whole lot of other craziness. Not only have I not been making any new flannels, I just haven’t I’ve have the time or energy for blogging. I missed at least 2 #FFs in a row. Anyway, I decided to reach into my felt board vault and find the very first flannel board I ever made:

Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough

I love this book. And this is a pretty simple flannel board. There are only 4 pieces, but I made the bear big enough, that it’s risky to put all the pieces on one board. It’s too easy to knock all the pieces over when you’re switching the bears between the bear and the boy. So I use 2 boards side by side (even though the photo shows them all on a single board.) Also, I usually have the book on hand. The rhythm of the story is just one part of what makes this an awesome read-aloud, but it’s a pretty important part.

I don’t have a pattern for this one, but I could take a shot at making it from the pieces. I sketched them freehand, and  and cut the felt using my drawings.


He’s scared already!

How did you get to be so big?

Uh oh! Wait, what that sound?

How did you get to be so small?

Something’s not right here…

Oh, that make more sense!


And they each run home, jump into bed (I made a blanket to tuck them both in at the end, but I may have repurposed the felt for another story at some point.

Katie is our adorable host this week!

Mollie and Amy have done some retooling of the pinterest page. Thanks ladies! Check it out, and let them know what you think on the FB group.

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Exciting Flannel Friday Announcement!!!

Exciting news for Flannel Friday! There’s a new method to this Flannel Friday madness!!

Introducing the Flannel Friday website! 

As you know, Anne at So Tomorrow has been an amazing manager and archiver of Flannel Friday information for the past year. Anne and her husband are expecting their first baby in June (congratulations Anne!) so we wanted to give her a break from Flannel Friday during her maternity leave. So this spring, Anne and Mel from Mel’s Desk and a small group of old and new Flannel Friday-ers worked to create a new web home for Flannel Friday.

Here’s the link!

The new site will be the home of the Round Up Schedule, the archives, FAQs about Flannel Friday, information about how to get involved with Flannel Friday, and links to help new members get started with social networking and blogging. There will also be a link to the week’s Round Up, but the Round Up will continue to be hosted on individual blogs. We’ll just point to each Round Up from the site.

Refining the Round Up Procedure

The Flannel Friday community has grown continuously over the year, with new bloggers, new Round Up Hosts, and new members every week on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. We are building an amazing community and are grateful to each and every one of you for your participation and enthusiasm. As the group has grown, you’ve probably noticed that so have the Round Ups! We’ve seen an inevitable increase in missed links and general confusion as the Round Ups are compiled. We thought that the launch of the new site was a great opportunity to take a page from other round ups in the blogosphere and establish one single method for building the Round Up each week.

This information will be in the FAQs on the new site, but here’s our new strategy in a nutshell:

  • Every week the Round Up Host will publish a “placeholder” post for the Round Up on the host blog at 10pm EST on Thursday.
  • Each blogger who wants to participate in the Round Up will make a comment to the Round Up post with the link back to their Flannel Friday post by 10pm EST on Friday.
  • This will be the only place to post links for the Round Up! This way the Host won’t have to worry about checking Facebook or Twitter as well.
  • If a blogger can’t make the 10pm EST deadline on Friday, we’ll ask that the post be held for the next week’s Round Up.
  • The Round Up Host will gather links from the Round Up post comments throughout the day, and publish the Round Up at the end of the day.

We hope this will make the Round Ups easier to create and easier to contribute to! We’ll look forward to your feedback over the next few weeks. Sharon / @ReadingChick at Rain Makes Applesauce has the Round Up this week, 5/11, so she’s going to try out the new procedure with us and see how it goes!

If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to share them via the new Flannel Friday email: flannelboardfriday [at]

Thanks for all you do to to make Flannel Friday more than a blog event–but a great community too. Here’s to the next great year of Flannel Friday!


Flannel Friday: Will Hillenbrand, What A Treasure!

I just love smart, savvy picture book authors who offer free story extenders. It makes my job so much easier. If you haven’t seen Will Hillenbrand’s website you are truly missing out. He wrote one of my all-time favorite picture books:

What’s more, he offers a slew of excellent story extensions including an beautiful flannelboard pattern (with his beautiful illustrations) FOR FREE!

Say it with me now, “WHAT A TREASURE!”

So don’t waste your time here, go straight to his site and download all this loot!

Mollie is our magnificent host today!



Flannel Friday: Color Blending Magic

This is a decidedly flannelless storytime activity I like to use when the theme is color. It pair perfectly with one of my all-time favorite stories, with Mouse Paint. It’s one of the simplest ways to provide a hands-on experience with color blending.

I Give each child 2 blobs of Play-Doh. Then ask the group what they think will happen if you squish the 2 blobs together. I try to coordinate the squishing so I count out, “1 squish, two squish, three squish. Show me what you’ve got!”





It works best with a small group (fewer than 10 kids). It works with preschoolers, but if you have any know-it-alls in the group they may poo-poo it at first. But don’t let that discourage you, once they get the play-doh in thier hot little hands, they’ll be putty in your hands (pun intended). And of course it brings down the house with toddlers. Anyway, this is one of my most flannelless #FF to date, but there it is…

Libraryquine is hosting this week.

Happy storytiming!


Flannel Friday Round Up 3.23.12

Hello Everybody! Happy Flannel Friday!

Here’s what’s happening in the world of flannel boards:


Hi Everyone. I am so sorry I missed the following posts:

Seth (or is it Sethers?) offers a fish only a mother could love: Ugly Fish

Andrea of rovingfiddlehead offers these lovely simple shapes

Lisa of lisaslibraryland offers these colorful birds

And here’s another sharp-toothed story from across the pond, libraryqune gives us Mr. Shark

Katie from Recipe For Reading offers this ode to a loyal little puff ball: Mary’s Little Lamb

Jeanie of totallytodder wrote an adorable original story for this bookish tale: The Little Red Book Who Wanted To Read

Hurray for Spring!

Kay Leigh of librarystorytimeabcs welcomes the spring with a small gray friend: Mouse’s First Spring

Jane of piperlovesthelibrary is also a friend to the tiny rodents. “Mice Are Nice” says she.

Tara of storytimewithmisstara offers a zillion excellent ideas for spring storytimes

Sarah of ReadSarahRead (holy moly, this is awesome!) is hosting a very delicate guest: The Princess and the Pea

Meghan of busycraftingmommy offers this ode to mommy-arms: Mommy Carry Me Please

Mary of missmaryliberry is splashing in the tub: 5 Rubber Ducks

The floor is rumbling over at @ Kari Ann’s blog mystorytimelife: elephants!

Blub, Blub, Blub: These Stories With Make A Splash

Mary of missmaryliberry is splashing in the tub: 5 Rubber Ducks

And these have bite!

Tracey of 1234morestorytimes is floating gently on the stream: Row Row Row Your Boat (but don’t let the alligator get you!)

Lucy of inthechildrensroom brings you this story from the under of the sea: Chomp Like A Shark

Sharon of RainMakesApplesauce has a litter of long-eared, nibblers: 10 Hungry Rabbits

Katie of Story Time Secrets isn’t the shushing type, so Let’s Make A Noise!

Katie of storytimekatie is rolling the bones to build the Lorax

Shawn of Read!Rhyme!Sing! is flannelizing for funds!

Susanne of Fussy Hen offers this awesome flannelized tangram 

Oh and here’s mine: 5 Little Puppies

If I missed you comment here, and I’ll update asap.

Check out the pinterest archive for ideas of #FFRU from the past.

Cheers dears!


Flannel Friday: 5 Little Robots

Happy Flannel Friday!

My #FF this week was a lucky find in the cheap aisle at Michael’s. This set of 5 rubber robot finger puppets is perfect for a 5 little robots rhyme.

5 little rubber robots!

The best part is it cost $1, and required no work at all. Well, until I realized I don’t actually know a “5 Little Robots” rhyme.  So I wrote this one

Hank has 5 little robots in his shop this week
This one’s microchips are fried  
and that one sprung a leak
Hank will give this one a look-see  (point to the one on your thumb)
He’ll know just what to do
And when this robot leaves Hank’s shop (pull robot off thumb) 
It will be as good as new!  (give an “OK” sign) 
(repeat with 4, 3, 2, and 1)

Anyway, it can use a little work, but it could work.

Anyway, Angela is doing the round up this week, so check out her blog for the flannel fandango.

Oh, and I believe I am hosting next week (that’s March 23rd, right?) YES! I am hosting next week, see you then!



Flannel Friday: Holy Moly, There’s An App For That!

Happy Flannel Friday!

Check it out! Felt Board is a new app by Software Smoothie, a husband-wife software design team focus on making innovative apps for kids.

There are about a zillion combination of backgrounds, animals, weather, outfits, etc.

The app is designed very much like an actual felt board. It costs $3, and you could make a whole mess of great felt boards  without a single scrap of felt! it’s amazing!

I made this 5 Speckled Frogs in about a minute.

5 Green Speckled Frogs thrown together in about a minute using Feltboard by Software smoothie!

Glub! Glub!

But that’s just the beginning. The sky’s the limit with this brilliant app. It’s easy to use, and populated with all the building blocks to make ton of storytime standards/favorites.

I am going to play around with this app quite a bit over the next few weeks!

Linda is our hostess this week!


Flannel Friday: I Went To The Lake

Happy Flannel Friday!

Storytime was awesome yesterday. My theme was ducks, I’ll post my storytime outline a little later.

I borrowed my #FF this week from the lovely  Fran McKinney.  She presented at the Chicago Metro AEYC Opening Minds conference in January.

If you ever get the chance to catch her one of her presentations, DO NOT SKIP IT! She is delightful, and her storytime ideas are a cut above. Actually, that’s an understatement…They’re about as good as it gets.  She also has a new CD with several awesome storytime tracks. It’s a must-have for every storytime room. You can preview the tracks on her CDBaby profile.

Party at the pond

This is less a felt board, but it fills the loose #FF framework. It could not be easier to replicate.

A while ago, I found a bunch of these dinky little throw blankets in the cheapo bins at Target for $1 each. I picked up a few, and have the, stashed away for a rainy day. I cut off the hem, and it makes an excellent little pond or lake.

I spread out the “lake” in the middle of the floor, and  we all gathered around it. I brought out our great big bag of little  stuffed animals, and dumped the whole thing on the floor. There’s more than enough for every child to have one–at least 40. (This always creates a bit of crazed excitement, to say the least). Then I picked up the first thing I could find, and sang this zipper song:

I Went to the Lake
(Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low) 

I went to the lake
And who was there
Bubba* found a duck**
that was really scared

and the duck did jump (bounce the animal)
And the duck did shake (shake the animal)
And fell from  Bubba’s hand
and jumped in the lake (hop the animal into the lake)

Boom-diddi-ada quack quack***

*Child’s name
***Animal sound

But here’s me singing the tune (at very rapid pace). DON’T MAKE FUN! I have the world’s silliest voice.

Update: Wow! I said I would post  a clip of this song, but that it turns out wordpress is a big a-hole! Anyway, after trying about a zillion different methods I finally found a semi-acceptable way to post a 17-second clip.  That was a pain in the butt! Believe it or not the simplest ways was to use my beloved animoto. 

Don’t laugh!


Hey! You promised you wouldn’t laugh!!!!

Meghan the busycraftingmommy is our lovely hostess this week. And don’t forget the archive!



Flannel Friday: Hurty Gertie!

My Flannel Friday this week was stolen from the brilliant storytime katie. I fell in love with her band-aid storytime activity. According to her blog post, the idea was inspired via crowd-sourcing…GO TEAM #FF!!!

In the past I have mentioned that I am one of the all-time worst puppeteers. For a while I tried to improve my skills, but I’m a lost cause. I am simply too used to my hand being a hand, I just can’t carry on a conversation with it. I get distracted, and I forget who is saying what… it’s pretty pathetic. At some point I noticed it was making parents uncomfortable, and I decided to give it up, and go puppetless.

Then one day I was walking through Constructive Playthings, and came face-to-face with the cutest, fuzziest little puppet face I have ever seen. It was love at first sight. I actually tried to talk myself out of buying her. But once, I picked her up, I just couldn’t leave her at the store.  (writing this, I realize it is very similar to the story of how I ended up with my 2 dogs) Still, I wasn’t convinced that the kids would like her. She kind of intense, not subtle at all.

Oh I forgot to mention my favorite thing about Gertie. The real magic is that she has a squeaker. So I don’t have to worry about providing a voice for her.  I tell the kids that Gertie, “talks funny, in her own special language” and that seems to suffice.

The kids llllloooooovvvvee her. I’ve only been using her for a few weeks, but already if I forget to bring her out, the kids start asking about her. “Ms. Cate is Gertie sick?” “Ms. Cate, it’s time for Gertie to wake up for storytime.” “Ms. Cate, did you leave Gertie at home?”

As much as kids hate boo-boos, they lllooooovvvvee band-aids. And this will give Gertie a little more face-time. I will try it next week, and let you know how it goes.

We’ll say something like, “Uh oh! Gertie bumped her ear! Is it hurty, Gertie? Let’s put a band-aid right here!”

I’ll try to come up with a decent rhyme over the weekend.  In the meantime, here’s a picture of Gertie convalescing on my sofa.

Poor Gertie! She's had a rough day.

Katie is hosting the #FFRU this week.

Hit the colorful #FF button in the sidebar for the growing archive.


Flannel Friday: The Was A Bold Lady Who Wanted A Star

This week’s (very late thanks to technical difficulties) #FF is:

There Was A Bold Lady Who Wanted A Star by Charise Mericle Harper

I love this version of the well-worn storytime rhyme. Sadly my library doesn’t own a copy, and it’s out of print. But I want to use it for storytime. So I was thrilled saw this pattern for a flannelized version in Storytime Magic.  What can I say, I love a broad has chutzpah! Anyway, here’s a picture:

(sans the airplane. I set it out to dry, but now I can't find the #*@#$ thing!)

Anyway, I may be too late for the #FFRU… Sorry folks. But check out Andrea’s blog and the #FF pinterest archive for more storytime ideas.

Cheers dears!