Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Life Size Chutes & Ladders

After the success of my other life size game events (Clue, Candy Land, & Sorry), I decided to try another this past summer.

Inspired by fabulous librarian bloggers (Amy, Anna, Anne, Kelly, & Laura), I chose to do Life Size Chutes & Ladders.


Setup was easy (not as easy as Sorry, but a lot easier than Clue). My supplies included paper (8.5 x11) in 4 colors, packing tape, masking tape, and yarn. I printed arrows on the paper, taped them down on the carpet. I used masking tape to make the ladders and yarn to make the chutes. (Full disclosure: I had a teenage cousin staying with me who helped with setup.)


Game play was simple. We used the die I made for Clue. As they finished the game, teens got to choose a prize. Boxes of movie candy are ever popular.



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Flannel Friday Roundup for February 5, 2016

Lauren shares The Valentine Tree.

Kate shares Ten in the Bed.

Wendy shares two felt sets this week: Five Birds and Brown Bear in the Ring (both inspired by Mel of Mel's Desk)

Laura shares dinosaurs (inspired by Mel of Mel's Desk).

Storytime Ukulele shares a felt set to accompany the lullaby "Yo Te Amo."

Jen shares Five Little Flowers just in time for spring. 

This week, I'm sharing a felt set based on The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle.

Kathryn is hosting the roundup next week.

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Our January/February Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Lisa.  

Flannel Friday: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

I reduced the illustrations from The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle to make a felt set to use for my preschool art program last fall. The program was based on Pamela's (Tween You & Me) Art Heroes: Why Is Blue Dog Blue?




The set was fun to make although my puff paint details will never live up to Eric Carle's genius.

I'm hosting the roundup this week.

Kathryn is hosting the roundup next week.
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Follow Flannel Friday on Twitter with the hashtag #flannelstorytime.
Our January/February Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Lisa.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup for September 25, 2015


Kathryn (Fun with Friends at Storytime) shares Little Forest Animals Revisited.

Storytime Ukulele shares a simple three piece felt to go with the song "I Like Jelly on My Toast."

Jane (Piper Loves the Library) shares a post about the importance of Diversity in Halloween Books as well as a sneak peek at her newest felt set. It's gorgeous and is based on the book Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker.

Katie (Storytime Katie) shares Red Crane, Red Crane based on Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia and inspired by Jane at Piper Loves the Library.



Mollie is hosting the roundup next week.

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Our September/October Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Melissa.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale

As with her other titles that I've read (Bring on the Birds and Stripes of All Types), Susan Stockdale uses simple text and bright colored illustrations to introduce the youngest of readers and listeners to animals with spots.

Thoughts: Stockdale is in my top three author's of children's nonfiction that can be used with preschoolers. (The other two are Steve Jenkins/Robin Page and Cathryn Sill.) The additional information in the back of the book adds interest for those readers to want to know more. I love asking my storytime kids to identify the animals they know in the illustrations. I look forward to using Spectacular Spots in my spots and dots storytime this fall.

Themes: Animals, Spots (& Dots, & Stripes), Nonfiction, Elementary Outreach 

(Peachtree, 2015)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look The Way They Do by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

The title and subtitle of this book are the prefect summary for this book.

Thoughts: It's no secret that I love Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. All of their nonfiction books for children are informative and engaging. The cut paper collage illustrations are always fabulous. Creature Features is no different. I shared this book with first and second graders during one of my elementary outreach storytimes. They loved it. Apparently, I do a great impression of a chubby cheeked hamster. The kids were rolling. The mix of animals is nice. I was familiar with some of the animals. Others not so much. I would love to use Steve Jenkins and Robin Page's books as the inspiration for an illustration program where kids would create similar art.

Themes: Animals, Elementary Outreach

(Houghton Mifflin, 2014)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett

Jeannie Brett's Wild About Bears is an in-depth look at the world's eight bear species. 

Thoughts: A fabulous book! Like Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner, but Wild About Bears is for older children. Excellent information and factoids about all the different bear species. I used this book for elementary outreach last fall and the kids loved it. Most of them could only name three or four bear species before I shared this book with them.

Themes: Bears, Elementary Outreach

(Charlesbridge, 2014)