Welcome to my storytime journey. Like others before me I want to share what I have done and hopefully inspire you for your own storytimes.
StoriesFlannel board stories are some of my favorite things to do during storytime. Since my storytimes tend to be smaller groups I love having children come up and help me manipulate the pieces. It gives them the opportunity to not only listen to a story but interact with it in a tactile way. Given the curious nature of little hands I have altered my approach in creating my flannels. I almost never glue anything now, but rather sew them for added strength.
Below are the flannel boards that I have created. When possible I will include a PDF of the words. If not, I will provide the title and author of the book that was my inspiration.
Fiction Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon by Jane Yolen Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney Something for You by Charlie Mylie
Chicken Soup from SurLaLune Storytime When my forehead’s feeling hot Put hand to forehead. Do I want pizza? I do not! Hold out hands in questioning gesture, shake head. When I cough or when I sneeze Cough, sneeze. Give me a bowl of hot soup please Make bowl with hands. Eating chicken soup with rice Pretend to eat. Makes me feel so very nice Hug self. So when you’re feeling under the weather Frown, point thumb down. Chicken soup might make you feel better Smile, point thumb up.
I’ve Got A Cold from SurLaLune Storytime I’ve got a gold point to yourself My nose can’t smell. point to your nose My eyes are red, point to your eyes I don’t feel well. put your hand on your forehead
So, I’ll dringk my juice, pretend to drink And go to bed. fold hands under your head My nose feels better, point to nose And so does my head! point to head
Five Little Monkey’s Jumping On the Bed by Asheba
Asheba has arranged a lively, Caribbean version of this song. We jump and dance along.
This song came from Make Learning Fun. There are ten verses so it is good for practicing parts of the body. Kids can move the bandage around to the correct body part as you sing through the song. The Bandage Song is sung to the tune of “The Farmer In the Dell.”
Put a bandage on my knee, Put a bandage on my knee Oh please take care of me Put bandage on my knee.
Put a bandage on my head, Put a bandage on my head Oh please put me to bed Put bandage on my head.
Back…Oh nurse my bruise is turning black Shoulder…Oh nurse look it over Toe…Oh nurse make my pain go Wrist…Oh nurse please give it a kiss Chest…Oh nurse I think I need to rest Leg…Oh nurse please don’t make me beg Arm…Oh nurse keep me safe from harm Chin—Oh nurse it’s starting to bleed again
I picked this rhyme up from Verona Story Time. You can do this in any order and with any puppets that you want. Kids think it is hysterical when you add the “choo” sound to the animal’s onomatopoeia. You can also model good sneezing practices to limit the spread of germs as well as the mannerisms of acknowledging a person’s sneeze.