Bundle Up by Jennifer Sattler

 

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Hi Guys,

So I could not resist creating a flannel board of this cute new board book by Jennifer Sattler. Bundle Up just longed to be a flannel board! It’s perfect too because it is all about a hippo getting bundled up for the cold weather.

I could have drawn each of the pieces on the felt itself but I decided to put them on paper first, so feel free to use these as a template…

 

From there it was just a matter of getting my colors straight. And voila!

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If you read the book, you will notice that our lovely hippo steals the carrot off a snowman at the end. I didn’t feel like I needed a snowman for my flannel board but any generic snowman (without a nose) would work if you wanted to include it.

This is going to be a fun one, especially for the little guys and will go great for any snow, getting dressed or bundled up storytime theme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Read Books A-Latte!!!

Hi Guys,

This new display came out a lot more simple looking then I was expecting. I think I needed to make bigger latte cups.

IMG_0568Regardless, My goal was to make latte cups with foam art! I’ve got a snowman, a heart and a book. Paired with the classic, “Read Books A-Latte!!!” I though this would be the perfect transition into winter. What with everyone wanting their beverages hot now.

I also gave my latte a little steam with some white crayon on the black background. You can see it better in person.

I do think I am going to add a play of cookies or something to give the whole thing a bit more pizazz.

But overall, this was a simple display and it will work until I have time for something better.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: Thanksgiving

Hi Guys, for this baby storytime, I went with all things turkey related. You know, to get us ready for turkey day! Here’s what we did:

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.
Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.

  • ASL – The More We Get Togetheruntitled
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song – Roll Your Hands by Toddler Parade
    • This is a great one for babies!
  • Board Book – Llama, Llama Give Thanks by Anne Dewdney
    • I like to pass out books to promote one-on-one reading. And this was a nice familiar one for us to read together.
  • Magnet Board – 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston51SoE4Q4RsL._SX455_BO1,204,203,200_
    • I printed out 10 random turkey and we counted them off on the magnet board as I read Johnston’s book.
  • Dance – The Turkey Hokey Pokey

You put your wings in, You put your wings out.
You put your wings in and you shake them all about
You do the turkey pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about
Also: …drumsticks (legs), tail feathers (bottom), stuffing (tummy),wattle (head), whole turkey self

  • Rhyme – I’m a Little Turkey

I’m a little turkey, my name is Ted.
Here are my feathers, here is my head.

Gobble, gobble, gobble, Is what I say,
Quick! Run! It’s Thanksgiving Day!

  • Book/Puppets – Thank You Bear by Greg Foleyuntitled1
    • This is such a cute story, made even cuter when you use puppets to tell the story!
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator

Going up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. 1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Bounce – Wobble, Wobble, Wobble

Wobble, wobble, wobble walks the turkey (rock back and forth)

Gobble, gobble, gobble talks the turkey (talking motion with hands)

Turkeys spread their feathers on Thanksgiving Day (spread your arms)

Turkeys spread the feathers and they fly away! (flap your arms & scarf)

  • Song/Shakers – Put on my dancing shoes by Kathy Reid-Naiman
    • Just an upbeat song to shake to.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really smoothly. I had just the right amount of fun “stuff” to do and we had a really good crowd. *Note-I can’t for the life of me remember when I got my turkey rhymes from. If they are yours let me know and I will link*

That’s all for now!

-M-

Minute To Win-It!

Hi Guys,

Today was an early release day for our local schools. For the most part, whenever our schools get out early or have a day off, we like to do a no school activity for them. It could be a Lego play, a movie or some other hour long craft or activity.

For this early release day, I decided to create five mini Minute to Win-It stations. What is Minute to Win-It you ask? Literally none of my colleague knew what this was so let me tell you….

Minute to Win-It was a TV show that was eventually adapted as board and card games. Basically, you and your family or friends would compete in mini 1 minute challenges or a who can do something first type challenge. One you guys might be familiar with is–who can get the cookie from their forehead into their mouth first, just using their facial muscles.

Anyyyyway…. if you don’t know it look it up.

So for my program, I created five Minute to Win-It stations.

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These were really easy stations that I was able to create using random supplies we had in our supply closet.

Each station has it’s own timer and were basically self led. You could do them in whatever order you want and as many times as you wanted. I also put out some Duplo blocks for any younger siblings that showed up.

We didn’t have a large crowd but those who did come seemed to enjoy challenging each other. Even the grow-ups participated and challenged their kids.

Something different any easy to put together.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Five Little Fishes

Hi Guys,

A very easy flannel to go with my upcoming ocean themed storytime. At first, I was going with realistic fish and then I just had fun with the colors and the look of the fish.

Five Little Fishes:

5 little fishes swimming in the sea.

First one said, “Come swim with me!”

Second one said, “This sea is deep.”

Third one said, “I want to sleep.”

Fourth one said, “Let’s dive and float.”

Fifth one said, “I see a boat!”

The fishing boat comes.

The line goes splash.

And away those 5 little fishes dash.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Give Thanks!

Hi Guys,

I’m a big fan of 3D bulletin board displays and I saw something similar to what I did on Pinterest the other day and thought I’d put a little spin on it.

I drew my turkey body and then I created paper fans by folding and stapling the bottom. I made each of the colors a different length because I thought it would give it a cool effect.

Just a fun little turkey, shaking his tail-feathers!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Five Little Pumpkins

Sooo I realized that I’ve never made a flannel for five little pumpkins and of course I had to. So ta-da!

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said “There are witches in the air”
The third one said ” but we don’t care!”
The fourth one said “let’s run and run and run”
The fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun!”
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight

That’s all for now!

-M-