A little slow on the apple uptake, here. But I have some apple flannels to share — one was borrowed from Flannel Friday and one was shared last week.
1) 5 Little Apples — not one, not two, but three 4 other participants have shared this. Katie, Katie, Anna, and Anne have all shared their version.
5 Little Apples hung on a tree
The farmer wasn’t there
So guess who came to eat?
A caterpillar … munch munch munch
I plan on using puppets for the caterpillar, bird, pig, horse, and crow. I hope we have enough finger puppets, if not they’ll look pretty gi-huge-o compared to my apple tree.
The apples were made from red pom-poms with a piece of brown cord glued in to look like a stem.
2) Last week Melissa shared The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler. Based on the shape of Mouse, I always thought it was a long lost Leo Lionni book. It’s nice to know the origin of this story time favorite. The flannel predates my employment (1997) at this library.
Since Melissa shared the story last week, I won’t get into too much detail, but Mouse wants that apple hanging in that tree and his friends try to help.
But, perseverance pays and Mouse get’s his apple. Munch Munch Munch.
This week I have the round-up. Watch this blog for Flannel Friday contributions.
Miss Mouse was wearing her jammies. She’s was a little put off that we woke her up — but acknowledged that she knew about Pajama story time. She wasn’t too happy we were doing a story time about owls. Miss Mouse: was hiding behind the green leaf
There’s a wide eyed owl (thumbs and forefingers around eyes)
With a pointed nose (forefinger makes a v at end of nose)
Two pointed ears (forefingers extended up from head)
and claws for toes (Fingers and arms bent in front of chest)
when he sits up in the tree (point to tree)
and he looks at you (point at a child in the group)
he flaps his wings (fold arms into arm pits and flap)
And he says “whooo Whooo”.
Book 1: Cock-a-Doodle Hooooooo by Mick Manning (make sure you get all 7 o’s or Worldcat will never find it.) Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies Book: Wow! Said the Owl by Tom Hopgood Song:I know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner Prop Story 1: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (I have three baby owl puppets, purchased for this very reason.) Fingerplay: Clap . Clap Your Lap. Prop Story 2: I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen (rabbit, fox, and squirrel owl joined mamma owl and baby owl) Book 3: Knock Knock Who’s There by Tad Hill (get it, Whooooo’s There?) Book 4:Who’s in the Forest by Phillis Greshator. This is a beautiful board book. Fun too.
Saturday Storytime attendance: 47
Miss Mouse was wearing a pretty yellow dress and told a joke:
Car go beep beep beep.
fingerplay: Clap. clap your lap. Book 1:Chickens to the Rescue. by John Himmelman. We practiced saying “Chickens to the rescue”. It was too much for one boy who cried at the noise, so we toned it down.It’s such a funny book. Prop Story:Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. An oldie but a goodie. I like audience participation, so I’ve worked the story to include instruments:
The bed creaked? tambourines
The floor squeaked? clappers
The leaves falling on the roof? rattles
Tea kettle whislting? jingle bells
After the instruments have been passed out, we practice a bit. Usually it’s a cacophony of sound, which is okay, the point is these things are noisy. I tell the story, using puppets as the animals the wise man counsels Peter into getting. I love this story. Song:Drivin’ in my Car by Ralph’s World Book 2:Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry. I like throwing in a book that has nothing to do with the week’s theme… it mixes it up. Have you seen this title? When the pages unfurl, the mystery of that little seed is revealed. Story Card and Song:: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. We photocopied the book to make it large enough for crowds to see. It’s one of my favorite Boynton books; I love the cadence. We somehow have the music to this as well. And we tried it out. Too hard to do in preschool storytime. I’d almost like to do it with grade school kids. Book 3:Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman. So Chickens to the Rescue ends with the pigs running in to help the Greenstalk family. We had time, so I read this one… but those piggies are not nearly as helpful as the chickens. I like the chicken book better and will not be doing both books in one storytime. It’s too much. Fingerplay 2: Roll roll sugar babies. Book 4:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
Most of my favorite story times revolve around farm animals. And pigs, in particular, seem approachable and fun.
Make-a-Pig has been here longer than I have (so, pre-1997). I like doing this flannel for several reasons. It is both a crowd pleaser and a time waster(which is sometimes good). I also like this because it really works on language skills. This is an inter-active flannel board: I want the kids to talk to me, tell me what happens next, what I’m doing wrong, and how to fix it. This isn’t an activity to come up and do whatever takes to fix the problem — they have to use words to fix it.
I start by saying that everyone is going to help build a pig, “I’ll start. I know a pig needs a body.”
What else does a pig need? You’ll get lots of answers, and I would respond based on the answer I hear.
No, they’ll say. The pig’s head doesn’t go there, it goes … This is where the good stuff comes in. It’s hard to describe where the head goes. “Use words,” I say. Once they tell me, I move it to the right place. Sometimes they can’t / don’t tell me, so I make suggestions.
What else does a pig need?
No, not bird feet! So we talk about what other feet are available. I have cat legs. “No, pink,” is often the cry. So we find pink pig feet. Sometimes I flail them all around the pig to see who is paying attention. Eventually we get to pig’s feet.
What else does a pig need?
Okay, we find the snout. What else does a pig need?
Hmmm, maybe you have some pink ears?
Okay, you’re getting better at this. A piggie needs something else. Any ideas?
Okay, well how about this?
No. Okay. Well, there is one more thing a pig needs. Any ideas?
This is fun. I do a lot of Picasso eyes — stacking them different ways. But not stretching it out too much.
There’s one more thing a pig might need…
Okay, no toupee. But look, we built a pig! Congratulations!
We have other varieties of this… my second favorite is Build-a-Jack O’Lantern! Lots of hats are included.
I really like the new Jan Thomas/Mem Fox collaboration, so decided to see if I could do a whole Goat storytime.
Saturday Storytime attendance: 28
Miss Mouse was wearing her pink chocolate dress with pink sweater. Miss Mouse: was hiding behind snowflakes. She was behind the purple diamond snowflake. When she came out she told us what she did during the blizzard: she got out her library card and checked out books. She checked out 9 books — we know because we counted them all. fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap. Book 1:Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Prop Song: Three Billy Goats Gruff by Greg and Steve. This is very fun… we have a set of puppets specifically for this. It’s long but it’s good. “I’m a comin’ to gobble you up. Yum. Yum.” Song: Jack Be Nimble. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, ten times jump the candlestick. Book 2:Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox and Jan Thomas Song 2:Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads. Book:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter. Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Book: G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco. Normally I wouldn’t use an alphabet book in storytime: I think they’re too long and often don’t tell stories. This one was cute.
Book:That’s What Friends Are For by Valeri Gorbachev. Piggie invites Goat to dinner. When Goat sees Piggie crying, he imagines all sorts of problems and solutions.
Perhaps my favorite storytimes revolve around farm animals…
Saturday Storytime attendance: 20 Miss Mouse was wearing her red and black ruffle dress Miss Mouse: was hiding behind farm animals. Not the kitty. She was behind the rooster. When she came out she told a joke:
What is a cow’s favorite pie? Lemon Moo-ringue fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap. Book 1:The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Moo by Jonathan Allen Song: Jack Be Nimble. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, ten times jump the candlestick. Flannel: Make a Pig. In which there are many different parts of pig and we try to put it all together. You want a nose? How about a goose beak? No, elephant’s trunk? Oh you are so picky. And up goes the snout. Great vocabulary builder because the kiddos need to use words to tell me why it’s wrong. Prop:I had a Rooster and the rooster pleased me. I methodically purchased puppets for the purpose of doing this song in storytime. When the crowd is right, the kiddos hold the puppets. And sometimes, it’s just the storyteller doing all 7 or 8 puppets to avoid tears. Puppets needed: rooster, pig, cow, horse, chicken, dog, lamb, baby. It’s fun and it’s takes a great deal of time up distributing the puppets, putting people in order and then singing the 5 minute song! Book: Animal Soup: a mixed up animal flap book by Todd H. Doodler Book:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter. Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Attendance: 36 (grandparents, moms, nannies, dads and kiddos ranging 2 – 5 with a seven year old home because of spring break) Miss Mouse Hides behind eggs (she was behind the bright pink egg) Miss Mouse was spring cleaning. Her feather duster kept getting in the way and her friend the loud duckling was visiting. fingerplay Clap. Clap your Lap. book 1A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
activity: A Duck with a wing (start flapping one wing while saying) A Duck, a duck, a duck with a wing. (both wings) A Duck a duck a duck with 2 wings. (add a foot) A Duck, a duck, a duck with a foot. (both feet) A Duck, a duck, a duck with with 2 feet. (swing that tail) A Duck, a duck, a duck with a tail. (make a beak with your fingers) A Duck, a duck, a duck with beak. Quack Quack Quack. (repeat)
Book:The Singing Chick by Victoria Stenmark It’s so much fun singing the song outloud… i think it makes the story less scary if the song continues to be funny. SongMack Chicken Dance by Greg and Steve. This is one fun chicken dance that includes the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!
book 2Chickens to the Rescue by Jon Himmelman. (We had so much last week I decided to do it again! It’s my new favorite. We practiced the line “chickens to the rescue” with one arm and finger pointing up! ) Story Cards:Owen’s Marshmallow Chick.�
My Hand Says thank you
I didn’t think today’s storytime would be well attended. The parking lot was filled and the department seemed empty. Ha. Was I wrong!
Attendance: 50 theme: piggies! When I don’t know what to do, piggies storytime is my stand-by. So much fun.
Miss Mouse: Miss Mouse was hiding behind Famous Mice. (Ralph Mouse, Stuart Little, Angelina, computer mouse). Someone found her right away (rarely happens) so we had to locate the cheese so we sang the chorus “The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, hie-ho the derrie-o, the cheese stands alone” until we found the cheese. (Miss Mouse was behind Ralph Mouse and the Cheese was behind Maisy.)
Flannel: Build a Pig. This is my favorite flannel board. It’s flannel pieces of piggie (head, body, nose, eyes, ears, tail and legs) but there are bunny ears and elephant nose and geese parts. The laughter and confusion and language skills abound.
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies. We oink oink oink oink oink oinked our way through it. oh, and a new one, over the head!