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

Bedtime-Babies

Books

Llama Llama Nighty-Night by Anna Dewdney
Peter Rabbits: Sweet Dreams, Peter by Frederick Warne
Steam Train, Dream Train Colors by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Time for Bed, Nori by Brigitte Weninger
Twinkle, Twinkle, Time for Bed by Rookie Toddler

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Good Night
One fluffy quilt on my bed,
Two little pillows on my head,
Three teddy bears to hold tight
Four kisses from Mom for a restful night,
Five hugs from Dad, and off goes my light!
Good night!

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon

The Moon
I look for the moon every night point to the ceiling
Sometimes it’s yellow, orange or white
Sometimes it looks just like a ball. Make a circle with your hands
Sometimes it is not there at all
On some nights, half the moon will hide. Cover half of face
On others, it’s a smile tipped on its side. Make a C shape with fingers

Music

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Suzi Shelton
During the moments in the song when the lion is sleeping we rock the babies gently. When the lions wake up we bounce right along.
Sleeping Bunnies by Kathy-Reid Naiman
Similar to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” when the bunnies are sleeping we rock gently. When the bunnies wake up we start bouncing and jumping.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Old Town School of Folk Music
I start by sharing Annie Kubler’s board book that has the words to the rhyme and the ASL. We practice the ASL a couple of times before adding the music.

The Starry Giraffe

“The Starry Giraffe” is written by Andy Bergmann. It tells the story of an apple loving giraffe who is hungry for a snack but winds up sharing all his apples with his animal friends.

I start the story on with the apple tree with loose apples on the board. For each animal that asks the giraffe for an apple an apple is removed from the tree until all the apples are gone. In the end the second apple tree is added for the giraffe to snack on.

The mouse, raccoon, rabbit, and skunks are pattern from Downeast Thunder Farm. Everything else is clipart from Shutterstock.

Horses-Babies

Books

City Animals by Simms Taback
Peekaboo! On the Farm by Cocorette
Ten Horse Farm by Robert Sabuda

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

A Farmer Went Trotting
A farmer went trotting Bounce baby on lap, facing you
Upon his gray mare
With his daughter behind him
So rosy and fair
Then a duck cried out, “Quack!” lift baby up
And they all tumbled down Plop baby back into your lap
Off of the horse
And upside down! Tip baby gently backwards!

Rickety Rickety Rocking Horse
Rickety rickety rocking horse bounce
Over the hills we go,
Rickety rickety rocking horse
Giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! hug baby

Ten Galloping Horses
Ten galloping horses rode through the town bounce
Five were white and five were brown
Five rode up and five rode down Lift baby up and down.
Ten galloping horses rode through the town

Puppets