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.
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
“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.
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.