Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flannel Friday: Little Robin Redbreast

Here is a flannel board I made with fabric crayons and fabric markers. I made it at home for my own little guy and haven't used it at the library yet. I found free coloring sheets online that I used for my outlines. I colored them with the fabric crayons and then transferred them to the felt. Then I embellished the flannel boards with some fabric markers and cut them out.

My favorite version of this nursery rhyme is Little Robin Redbreast: A Mother Goose Rhyme illustrated by Shari Halpern. I have used this book many times in my toddler storytimes.

Book Cover

Little Robin Redbreast
Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up went the Pussy-Cat,
and down went he,
Down came Pussy-Cat,
away Robin ran;
Says little Robin Redbreast:
"Catch me if you can!"

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a spade,
Pussy-Cat jumped after him,
and then he was afraid.
Little Robin chirped and sang,
and what did Pussy say?
Pussy-Cat said:
"Mew, mew, mew,"
and Robin flew away.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Flannel Friday: Rainbow Kittens

I got this adorable rhyme and idea from one of Miss Courtney Meets Bobo Flannel Friday posts. I couldn't wait to make my own version. I found a kitten outline on Google images that I liked for the kitten template. I used felt for both sides of the kittens and I used puff paint for the faces. I used a portion of a box flap for the box of paint and made my paint circles with puff paint. If you haven't already seen her version of Rainbow Kittens, visit Miss Courtney's blog for great ideas on how to use this flannel board. I am going to just do the rhyme during toddler storytime later in the year. Thanks Miss Courtney!

Rainbow Kittens
Six little kittens found a box of paint.
They jumped right in...
Their mother will faint!
The first little kitten came out red.
"I'll be orange," the second one said.
The third little kitten turned bright yellow.
"I'll be green," said the next little fellow.
The fifth kitten said, "My favorite is blue."
"Purple for me," said the sixth with a mew.
Dancing home the little kittens go
To show their mother a kitten rainbow!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Flannel Friday: Good-Night, Owl by Pat Hutchins

I am going to do an owl storytime for the toddlers in the fall. I am really excited to use this flannel board for Good-Night, Owl by Pat Hutchins, which is a great book for building narrative skills. The kids can repeat the animal sounds and the repeating phrase "owl tried to sleep." One of the other children's librarians used it this week for one of her summer storytimes and she said it went really well.

Book Cover

I found outlines on Google Images and in Microsoft Clipart for all the animals. I used the same bird outline for all the birds, except the woodpecker. I embellished the felt animals with puff paint and made the tree free hand by cutting out the trunk, branches and leaves separately and then I glued it all together.

Owl tried to sleep...
Owl screeched, screech, screech
and woke everyone up!

Cast of Characters

owl, bees, squirrel, crows,
woodpecker, starlings,
jays, cuckoo, robin,
sparrows & doves