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

Mice-Babies

Books

Little Mice by Susie Jaramillo Maisy Takes A Bath by Lucy Cousins Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Bouncy Mouse
from King County Library system
Boing, boing, squeak. Boing, boing, squeak
A bouncing mouse is in my house. He’s been there for a week.
He came from out of nowhere, and quickly settled in.
I’m thankful that he came alone. I heard he had a twin.
He bounces in the kitchen. He bounces in the den.
He bounces in the living room. Look, there he goes again.
That mouse just keeps on bouncing every minute of the day.
He bouncy, bouncy, bounces But he does not bounce away.

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock Swing arms
The mouse ran up the clock. Run fingers up body to top of head
The clock struck one. Clap
The mouse ran down. Run fingers down body
Hickory Dickory Dock. Swing arms

Repeat with:
Clock struck two…Mouse said BOO
Clock struck three… Mouse said Wee
Clock struck four…Mouse said no more!

Hurry Scurry Little Mouse
from Mel’s Desk
Hurry scurry little mouse tickle each body part
Starts down at your toes Touch baby’s toes

Hurry scurry little mouse
Past your knees he goes Walk fingers to baby’s knees

Hurry scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is Tickle baby’s tummy

Hurry scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss Touch baby’s lips then give a kiss!

I Had A Little Mouse
from Mel’s Desk
I had a little mouse that never would eat his cheese
All he ever wanted to do was bounce upon my knees
Bounce upon my knees, bounce upon my knees
All he ever wanted to do was bounce upon my knees

Little Mice are Creeping
from King County Library System
The little mice are creeping, creeping, creeping;
The little mice are creeping through the house.

The little mice are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping;
The little mice are sleeping in the house.
Shhhhh… (finger to lips)

The old gray cat comes creeping, creeping, creeping;
The old gray cat comes creeping through the house.

The little mice all scamper, scamper, scamper;
The little mice all scamper through the house.

Little Tiny Baby Mousy
Start at baby’s hand, walk fingers up arm tickle baby on last line.
Little tiny baby mousey,
From the barny to the housey,
In the pantry, under the self,
Found some cheese and helped himself!

Owls-Babies

Books

Hoot: A Hide-and-seek Book of Counting! by Jonathan Litton
Hoot! Hoot! by Richard Powell
Night Owl by Toni Yuly

Flannel Board

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

An Owl Sat Alone on the Branch of a Tree
from King County Library System
An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree, Use arm as branch; holding owl puppet
And she was as quiet as quiet could be.
‘Twas night and her eyes were wide open like this; Circle eyes with fingers and look around
She looked all around, not a thing did she miss.
Some little birds perched on the branch of the tree, Fingers of other hand fly on tree
And sat there as quiet as quiet could be.
The solemn old owl said “whoo-whoo-whoo,”
And up jumped the birds and away they flew. Wave hand away, fluttering fingers behind back

Five Little Owls
Five little owls lived in a tree.
Father thumb
Mother, little finger
And babies three. Three fingers
Father caught a worm. Catching motion
Mother caught a bug.
The three little robins began to tug tugging motion.
This one got a bug.
This one got a worm.
This one said, “Now it’s my turn.

One Little Owl
from King County Library System
Hold one arm horizontally to represent tree branch, and sit one finger on top of arm for owl. ‘Fly’ the owl behind your back, and bring back two fingers to sit in the tree. Sing/repeat as many times as you want, up to five.

There was one little owl, sitting in a tree
He was so lonely, didn’t want to be
So he flew far away, over the sea
Brought back a friend to live in the tree.

There were two little owls, sitting in a tree
Now they aren’t lonely anymore!

Wide-Eyed Owl
from King County Library System
There’s a wide-eyed owl circle your eyes with your hands
With a pointed nose point to nose
Two pointed ears point to ears
And claws for toes wiggle toes
He lives way up in the tree point way up
And when he looks at you point to childrenv He flaps his wings flap your wings
And says, “Whoo! Whoo!” say “whoo whoo”

Music

The Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
I made a flannel board to go with this song. I find it to be gentle and relaxing.
Little Bird, Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
This is great to bounce along or flap our arms too.
Mother Gooney Bird by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael
In turn we wiggle first one arm, then two. Next one leg, then two. For the head portion of the song we sway side to side.

There is not a lot of music that is owl specific. I branched out and used some general bird songs to round things out.

Did You Ever See A Turkey?

I picked up this rhyme from Sunflower Storytime. I liked that we can be silly with different feather patterns and not just the colors. It worked out that in my rather large pile of felt I had sheets with patterns on it that matched the rhyme so I could cut this out rather quickly. It is sung to the tune of “Did You Ever See A Lassie?”

Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie

Did you ever see a turkey, a turkey, a turkey,
Did you ever see a turkey, with feathers so bright?
With red ones and orange ones and yellow ones and brown ones,
Did you ever see a turkey with feathers so bright?

Did you ever wee a turkey, a turkey, a turkey,
Did you ever see a turkey, with feathers so bright?
With spotted ones and striped ones and zebra ones and cow ones,
Did you ever see a turkey with feathers so bright?