Friday, April 4, 2014

Flannel Friday: Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler

 This flannel accompanies the book Ten Eggs in a Nest  by Marilyn Sadler, though it sounds very similar to the flannel rhyme "Ten Fluffy Chicks" that has been done a lot over the past couple years.

That rhyme can be found here Ten Fluffy Chicks

Ten Eggs in a Nest: Gwen the Hen does not count her eggs before they hatch (smart hen!) and patiently waits.  Red Rooster, on the other hand, is so excited that as soon as one egg hatches, he struts over to the store to buy ONE worm with ONE coin for ONE baby chick.

Red returns home to discover that TWO more chicks have hatched so he heads back to the store to buy TWO worms for TWO more baby chicks using TWO coins.

This continues until...

 All 10 baby chicks have arrived

Red Rooster buys worms with coins (this adorable mini cloth bag is perfect for this flannel prop):

Young readers learn how to do (or review) simple addition in this begin-to-read book.  If you are trying to incorporate more STEAM or STEM elements into your storytimes, I think this is a fun way to do that.  

Activity: Buy ONE worm with ONE coin

When I do this in storytime, I will probably hand each child ONE "coin" after I read the book.  Their adults will have to tell them it's ok, but after storytime they can use it to buy ONE worm from me (gummy worm). Our library attracts large groups of kids so I'll have to have additional staff around for this activity.

Bringing storytimes home to Grayden, my almost 3-year-old:


  1. Love these adorable chicks! What did you make them out of?!? Please share!

    1. I used yellow felt and then some furry yellow fabric that I've had since trying to make a bumble bee costume for myself a few years ago at Halloween. I'm sure I bought the furry fabric off a roll at a craft store like Joann's.

      I just updated my blog post to include an activity that I will try when I do this in storytime. I will give each child ONE coin and let them buy ONE worm (gummy worm) after storytime just like Red Rooster did in the book.

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  3. Love your chicks! Cute book too. Thanks for sharing - think I need make a set ~ jane

  4. Are you back? I need to come in and pick up an April schedule, we've missed you!

    1. It's nice to be missed! I'm glad I love my job and my storytime families because it makes it easier to return after 12 weeks off with my spunky little guys.

      I return next week, but I won't start programming until the second week in May. This may seem like a long time (I heard someone complained at the desk), but there will be a lot of tasks to attend to when I get back before I jump into the programming schedule. But, once I start programs they will continue in full swing - and I may be adding a few Saturday programs during the summer.

      Hope to see you soon!

    2. The pictures of your little guys on your blog are SO CUTE!