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 no 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. It not, I will provide the title and author of the book that was my inspiration.

~Karen

Hats-Toddlers

Books

A Good Day For A Hat by T. Nat Fuller
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Soeket
The Cowboy by Hildegard Muller
Hat by Paul Hoppe
I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian
Old Hat by Emily Gravett
Twelve Hats for Lena by Karen Katz
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Which Hat Is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan L. Nodset
Who’s Hat Is That? by Anita Bijsterbosch
Whose Hat Is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Flannel Boards

Music

Dropped My Hat by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Drop scarf, pick up, put on correct place
Hat…head
Shoe…foot
Dolly…toy box
Hat and Jacket, Pants and Boots by Carole Peterson
Point to each part of the body the clothing is worn on and every time you repeat the phrase, sing it faster
I Like My Hat by Carole Peterson
Wave a scarf around and use it to point to each part of the body–knee, elbow, foot, ear, finger, ankle, leg, shoulder, back, tummy, face, bottom, neck, and head.
My Hat Has Three Corners by Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael
My-point to self
Hat-make hat on head
Three-hold up three fingers
Corners-point to elbow

Caps for Sale

“Caps for Sale” was adapted from the book by Esphyr Slobodkina by a fellow children’s librarian. The original text was a bit cumbersome to be told as a flannel board story and was adapted to make retelling easier. Since the peddler scolds the monkeys several different times, you can have the children respond as if they are the monkeys by either shaking their fingers, stamping their feet, or throwing their pretend caps on the ground.

Whose Hat? Whose Tool?

“Whose Hat? Whose Tool?” has been in the children’s staff collection long before I started working here. I have no idea where the images that are used came from. There is not a particular script to be used with this but rather you start with a picture of the tool on the board and first see if you can figure out what it is and who would use it. After a couple of guesses, add the appropriate hat to see if the community helper can be identified.