Flannel Friday Roundup for 11.11.11

When I was in Prague last week, almost everyone on BBC was wearing poppies on their lapel. I discovered it was a fundraiser for the Royal British Legion… and since it’s Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d bring the Poppy to the Party… for one night only, a poppified Flannel Friday logo. ♥

Let the round-up begin:

Allison from Miss Allison is Blogging has a cute way to work on colors during November with White Feather, White Feather.

Andrea from rovingfiddlehead kidlit came up with a clever way to demonstrate the rain coming out the waterspout in a prop story version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Anne from So Tomorrow is getting ready for winter and letting the good times roll with Snowball Friends.

Also working on colors: Carissa from happy stuff presents the power of the cape in Superhero Colors.

Cate from Storytiming adapted “Buzz, Said the Bee” which is a reader. I think readers make excellent flannel boards.

Erin from Falling Flannelboards (cute name) is presenting Patternpillars.

The buzz over at Katie’s Storytime Katie is that she sewed her Six Little Bumblebees.

Katie from Recipe for Reading presents a clever take on Three Little Kittens!!

Mary from Miss Mary Liberry is Making a Pig. This was an Inspired-by Flannel Friday post.

Meghan at Busy Crafting Mommy did a Circus program and has a flannel that goes with it, the Circus is in Town. Make sure you see the lion act, he goes through a “flaming hoop”.

Miss Mel from Mel’s Desk has an interesting idea using felted Building Blocks. {Creative play and storytime in one posting!}

Mollie from What Happens in Storytime is blowing candles out on Five Birthday Candles. This was an Inspired-by Flannel Friday post.

Moxie at Storytime with Moxie presents a new take on Humpty Dumpty.

Natasha from Natasha the Artsy Librarian was indeed artsy with her prop story Rhyming Dust Bunnies, and are they cute!

Katie Sarah at Story Time Secrets has turkeys on the brain with Five Little Turkeys. (Sorry about that Katie.)

Sarah from Read it Again asks “Have you Ever seen a Turkey?” with polka dots??

Tracey from 1234 More Storytimes shows us One Frog Jumps.

My name is Sharon and this is my blog. Baa-Choo by Sarah Weeks is posted on this blog.

Do you have a blog? Flannel Friday is a great career development tool.

Did I miss you? I hope not. If it’s still 11.11.11 where you are, leave me a comment and I’ll make sure you get added to the list.

Bark George

A commenter on this blog wanted to know what our Prop Story George looked like.  We bought him through a salesman several years ago.  From the tag he is called Freddie Fetch #2367 from the North American Bear Company in Chicago.  ©2004

And here we have a picture of George with a kitty cat coming out of his mouth:

and lastly, a side version George.

Halloween Story Time 10.25

The story times at our library are mostly open story times — where child and caregive share the experience together. There are registered infant, lapsit, and preschool storytimes, but generally we serve our patrons with open storytimes. There are days when we care barely get 8 in a open story — which doesn’t seem worth the effort — and then there is Halloween Story Time. About four years ago, about a hundred people showed up! Yikes! Our program room can hold about 75 at the most, after that it doesn’t really work. Since then, we make a big deal about Halloween storytime and put it in the library’s meeting room. Two of us present a story time like this… planning and taking turns and present prop stories.  No costumes, please.

attendance: 90 adults and children of all ages from infants to toddlers, 3s, 4s and very few 5s
Miss Mouse dressed up as a pirate for Halloween.  She told a joke: What is a pirate’s favorite letter?  Arrrr.
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Book 1: Snappy Little Halloween
Prop Story: Chocolate Chip Ghost.  We don’t seem to have this book, I think it’s an older tale though.  four or five ghosts who only eat white food get bored and disobey their mommy ghost, to disastrous results.  The story is told, with five ghosts on a stick…
Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Prop: I Want My Mummy. This in-house story is a complete rip off of Martin Waddell’s story Owl Babies.  Three mummies wait for the mummy mommy to come back. I want my mummy cries the youngest.
Flannel: Make a Jack-o-Lantern.  Similar to make a Pig, but putting the pieces together to make a Jack-o-Lantern.  Fun.
Story Cards: Boo! Boo Who?  In-house production… different shaped animals are dressed up as ghosts, can you tell who is who?
flannel: Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey in which Dragon makes the scariest Jack-o-Lantern out of some itty bitty pumpkins.
Books: Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex.
Song: Spider on the Floor. Raffi’s version is my favorite .  We pass out spiders attached to yarn.

So, I Got Heckled in Story time today…

Please excuse this interruption in storytime materials while I work through this.

We have our legos for Lego Club in boxes underneath a table in the program room. I had forgotten they were there when we had storytime today. I was reminded when a toddler got into them. His momma was right there and stopped him and I thought to myself, we better move those!

I was sharing a storytime with my co-worker…she’s shadowing because she is newly in her job. She was doing Two Little Black Birds as a finger puppet when I saw (another??) child get into the Legos. I didn’t want to call attention to the Legos and no momma/nanny was there to stop. So I said something like “Who belongs with this child?”

You know, that was really rude.  I was talking to him.  He’s just 18 months old (said in full voice)

And story time grinds to a halt.

It was the same momma and same child.  I truly thought it was a different parent based on the fact that the first time she was right there stopping him.  (And she had a kid on her lap).  Well, I didn’t know what to say.  Being in charge of a room of 55 people means you have to have some rules. And the rule states adults are in charge of the children in their car.  It also asked to watch that your child doesn’t wander off.  So, we finished the finger play and we went on with another story.  And thankfully my coworker is a pro at story times, because she really helped me plod along.  I was ready to give it 50% she really helped make it a good storytime for the other 52 people in the room.

Shortly after storytime was over I received a phone call from the assistant director’s office. The woman complained.  I wasn’t calling her out to embarrass her, I explained, but because I didn’t want legos to be the focus of open story time.

So, what about you? Has anything like this happened to you?  Any words of advice?  I could sure use them, this one really upset me.

Five Little Cookies


5 Little Cookies with frosting galore
Mother ate the heart cookie
and then there were four

4 Little cookies 2 and 2 you see
Father ate the jelly cookie
and then there were 3.

3 little cookies but before I knew
Sister ate the pink cookie
and then there were 2.

2 little cookies, oh, what fun!
Brother ate the butterfly cookie
and then there was 1.

1 little cookie, watch me run.
I got away
And then there were none.

I took some liberties with this poem and changed the verse, sort of a play on words with the Gingerbread man. I enlarged some cookies from various cook books and attached everything with velcro. The photocopied plate makes it look especially realistic, doesn’t it?