Friday, January 11, 2019

Flannel Friday: Mr. Panda & Donuts




I made this set to go along with my Steve Antony storytime in the fall. I used this free template from A Cup of Thuy  to make the donuts. I made 12 little donuts and 5 big donuts. I used an illustration from Thank You, Mr. Panda to make the felt Mr. Panda. No puff paint on the donuts and just a little puff paint on Mr. Panda for his eyeballs.

I used this set with Carrrie's rhyme, but I ad-libbed some at the end. "Bridget picked the pink one." Oh, that's a good one. It's chocolate with raspberry. She took it home and she ate it all up."

I asked the kids what they had to say to get a donut from Mr. Panda...please and thank you. We also counted the donuts and talked about flavors.


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Flannel Friday: Polar Bears





I wanted something to use on the flannel board for my polar bear storytime. Using clipart, felt, puff paint, yarn, and a little crocheting, I created 2 sets of five polar bears. To add a little science to storytime, I created front and back polar bear paws. I tried to make them as accurate as possible. The inspiration for the paws came from Jacki over at Storytime Hooligans.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

I've Got Feet! Fantastical Feet of the Animal World by Julie Murphy

This book is all about 13 different animals and how that use their feet.

Thoughts: Informative and readable. I used this book with great success in a feet themed storytime. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and showcase the action of the different animals' feet. Pair with Dr. Seuss's The Foot Book and Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert.

Themes: Nonfiction, Animals, Feet

Illustrated by Hannah Tolson. Amicus Ink, 2017.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished by Camille Andros

Charlotte loves being a scientist and using the scientific method. But her siblings never seem to leave her alone long enough for her experiments to work. Using her beloved scientific method, Charlotte experiments with several solutions.

Thoughts: Too funny. Kids with multiple younger siblings will really relate to Charlotte. This book also serves as a fun introduction to the scientific method. I remember it fondly from my high school science fair days. The illustrations are well defined and colorful.

Themes: Siblings, Rabbits, Elementary

Illustrated by Brianne Farley. Clarion, 2017.

Flannel Friday: Find the Lorax




This is a game of my own devising that I created for my Dr. Seuss events. I used The Lorax Doodle Book for patterns. I made 4 Truffula trees (tops & trunks are separate pieces) along with the Lorax, a Bar-ba-loot, a Humming-Fish, and a Swomee-Swan. Felt with puff paint details. After using the set I realized I either need smaller trees or a bigger flannel board.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Flannel Friday: Fox in Boxes



This is an inspired by Flannel Friday post. My inspiration was Nikki blogging at heytherelibrary. I borrowed the fox from my Conejito set and made the boxes. Kids always like looking for him.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

A mouse wants to create a wordless book. The only problem? His two friends can't stop talking!

Thoughts: Hilarious! I was laughing out loud as I read this book. It was even funnier when I read it to kids at local elementary schools. The mice were funny in their first appearance in Hotel Bruce, but the hilarity in Be Quiet! is off the charts. The illustrations are great--bright colors and good outlines. The speech bubbles demand you read this book aloud even if only to yourself.

Themes: Mice, Funny Books, Elementary

Disney Hyperion, 2017