Storytime

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.

~Karen

Silly-Toddlers

Books

Animals should definitely not wear clothing. by Judi Barrett
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth
Firefighter Duckies by Frank W. Dormer
Hat’s Are Not for Cats! by Jacqueline K. Rayner
How Do You Hug A Porcupine? by Laurie Isop
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? By Jan Thomas
Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas
Pet Wash by Dayle Ann Dodds
Silly Sally by Audry Wood
Where Is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox

Flannel Boards

Music

Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill
Be as silly as you want but stop when he says freeze.
There Came A Girl From France by Raffi
I think this is one Raffi’s lesser known songs. They only way to dance is to do a high step by bringing your knees up as high as you can.
Three Blind Mice by Caspar Babypants
This song starts with the familiar three blind mice and then gets silly. We run, dance, jump, climb, and sleep through the song.

Down By the Bay

“Down By the Bay” has been sung by so many people with several variations. I like playing Raffi’s version because his sense of silly is understood by children so well. This set matches his lyrics. The animals are from the collections of Iana Kauri on Shutterstock. I think her clip art translates well into felt. The llama is my favorite animal of the bunch. The fly is currently wingless since I could figure out a good way to add wings.

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say
“Did you ever you ever see a goose kissing a moose?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say
“Did you ever see a whale with a polka dot tail?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do my mother will say
“Did you ever see a fly wearing a tie?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say
“Did you ever see a bear combing his hear?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say
“Did you ever see a llama eating pajamas?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do my mother will say
“Did you ever have a time when you couldn’t make a rhyme?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do

Colorful Mittens

When it is cold, mittens are great for keeping warm. I found this flannel board over at Adventures in Storytime. As I read through the rhyme, the goal is for kids to listen to the name of an object and think of a color that rhymes with that object. These mittens can be used with the plain side showing or the reverse in which I have taped clip art showing the object that I am saying. It is a great way to play with language and develop reading skills.

Colorful mittens for me and you,
Red ones, yellow ones, blue ones, too.
But the one pair of mittens that rhymes with _____,
They’re my favorite mittens, and they are _____!

Suggested Pairs
sled-red
fellow-yellow
shoe-blue
bean-green
crown-brown
jack-black
sink-pink
kite-white
cold-gold
fan-tan