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.
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
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!
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
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
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” 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.
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