Saturday, August 23, 2014

Flannel Friday Roundup 8-22-14

I'm happy to be hosting the weeks roundup!  There were some really fun submissions!

A Librarian Less Ordinary shared how she made a portable, lightweight, magnetic felt board.

Literary Commentary shared her very versatile and and goregous flannel pieces for Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.

Jane from Piper Loves the Library (one of my favorite FF contributors!) serves a very diverse community.  Her newest flannel friend is going to represent this amazing community.  Read her post about diverse flannels.

One Little Librarian created some adorable pop-up puppets and shared a rhyme to use with them.

Fun With Friends At Storytime shared her sparkly set of tea pots and matching cups - one for every day of the week!  Read about her tea pots and the rhyme she uses with them here

Storytime With The Library Lady makes playing the ukulele look easy!  If you don't play an instrument, you can always sing this song a cappella.  You can watch a video of her playing and singing "There's a Dog in School".  It's such a fun song!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Storytime Schedule Changes @ the Perry Branch!

Hello Friends!

I know that when I last saw you in July I said something like, "Everything will resume in September!"

I was wrong!  There have been some significant changes to the programming schedule.  It will take some getting used to but until / if the staffing situation changes at Perry, this will be the new schedule.

The most notable change is that I will not being doing specific programs for toddlers (Wiggle Worms) and preschoolers anymore.  Instead I'll be doing programs for "All-Ages" (2-5 year olds).  The All-Ages programs held on Wednesday mornings will require registration.  The days have also changed and I am offering one less storytime session a week.

I am happy to answer any questions on a individual basis in the comments or at

PLEASE share these changes with anyone you know who attends storytimes at Perry.

See you soon!

Starting in September:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Babytime (0-24 months)
*Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.: All-Ages Storytime (2-5 years)
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.:  Evening All-Ages Storytime (all family member welcomed to attend!)

* Registration required

You can visit our online calendar by going to the MCLD home page.  Events -> Perry
Please read the program descriptions for more details.

 I hope to see you soon!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Who knew that doing a hat theme would be so timely in Arizona!?  The A/C just can't handle our excessive heat streak and temps are just awful everywhere - even indoors.  Our "hats" (paper plates) made wonderful fans during storytime.


Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.  See my flannel here 
The kids put their hats (paper plates) on their heads and acted out the monkeys' part.  So fun!

Don't Worry Douglas by David Melling.  Douglas is so thrilled with his new wool hat he can't help but bounce around and do cartwheels!  When his hat turns into a "long strand of spaghetti" his friends try to help him out.

 Meet Douglas

 My co-presenter wrapped yarn around me and the furniture so the kids could see Douglas' hat unravel.

 Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri.  Goose looks everywhere to find a place to make a nest and finally finds a warm, cozy, quiet hat to lay her eggs in.

 "B-Banana / Monkey See Monkey Do" by Carole Peterson.  Listen to song here

YouTube Video: "I Got a Hat" by the Learning Station
I projected this video on the wall and the kids danced using their own hats (paper plates) to follow the directions.

"I got a hat.
It's a baseball hat.
Put in on my head and give it a tap.
Then I spin around a clap. 
Then I spin around my hat." (place hat on floor and circle around it).

Game: Whose Hat?

Flannel: Teddy Wore His

Teddy wore his yellow shirt, yellow shirt, yellow shirt (pat arms)
Teddy wore his yellow shirt all day long
...pants (pat legs) (pat feet)
....hat (pat head)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Frogs Pre-K and Family

Flannel Friday:  "Fred the Frog"
Listen to song here

At the edge of the pond
I caught a little tadpole (wiggle hands)
I named him Fred
and I put him in a fish bowl (make fish bowl with arms)
I watched him wiggle and swim around (wiggle hands)
And then one day guess what I found?

Fred's tail was getting smaller (put hands close together)
And Fred's head was getting larger (make large head over your head with your arms)
Fred had ONE leg (musical "boing") growing strong (extend one arm)
We knew he'd be a frog before too long

The song keeps going that he had
TWO legs... (extend 2 arms)
THREE legs...  (extend 2 arms and a leg)
FOUR legs ... (hop like a frog)

Finally he's a frog and hops away and we do too.

 The tadpole is about 14 inches and the bowl about 2 ft wide.  I put the tadpoles in the bowl one at a time as directed by the song - I just photographed them together.
 Fred becomes a frog:

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Letter of the Day: Ff (storytime was July 3rd)

Flannel (Day before Fourth of July)
"Five Firecrackers"

See post here:

We read:
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulker - a great pop-up book!
Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton
Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack - a tricky one to read, but funny if you can pull it off
Frogs by Nic Bishop - I showed them various colored frogs, bullfrogs, and toads

Olive the Fox (fox starts with F too!) feeling patriotic
 Having a small group (25 kids) in storytime the day before July 4th worked nicely because they all got a turn playing the frog on the way out the door.
 The lovely Miss Erica!  Oh I adore her!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Firecrackers - 2014's Version

Happy Fourth of July! And Happy Adoption of the Declaration of Independence, America!

Some of you may recall my firecracker post from last year:

I remade my firecrackers over the weekend with the original materials I bought for this flannel:

5 little firecrackers getting ready to zoom (hold up 5 fingers)
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle (wiggle fingers upward, building anticipation)
BOOM! (clap hands above head while a second person slaps the exploded firecracker over one of the "candles" already on the board)

Same (unexploded) firecrackers, different flannel boards:

 All exploded firecrackers are about 9" in diameter:
 Some close-ups:

 This one has little LED twinkling stars that look really cool in person:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Baby Time

I really love doing Baby Time!  The caregivers are so invested in the early bonding moments they share with their babies and participate enthusiastically.

This post from last week includes Mr. Bear, "Roly Poly", "I Wake Up My Hands", "Going Up and Down in an Elevator", "Charlie Chaplin Went to France" (my new favorite!), and "Robbie Rabbit".

Animal Song with Puppets: "If I Was a Bird"

Book: "Hickory Dickory Dock" from Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
Prop Rhyme:  "Slowly, Slowly Snail" - I played Kathy Reid-Naiman's version 

My lovely co-woker livened this rhyme up with some puppets while the caregivers and I creeped our fingers up and down baby's arms and body.

Slowly, slowly, very slowly
creeps the garden snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
up the garden rail

Quickly, quickly, very quickly
runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
right up to his house!

Bounce Song:  I used a recorded version of "Hickory Dickory Dock" and these adorable mice (from IKEA).  The babies tick-tocked and the mice ran up and down them as the clock struck, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00