Sunday, 16 December 2012

Props for Snowman Rhymes



As promised here are the printable templates (JPEG format) to accompany the rhymes in the Snowman Storytime published last week.
 
Snowman's Buttons:
 
Snowman's Nose:
(edited from an original image from openclipart.org)
Snowman's Hat:
(edited from an original image from openclipart.org)


 


 



Friday, 14 December 2012

Flannel Friday - Pete the Cat and the Santa Hat

A library can never have too many Santa hats and this week even Pete the Cat has a hat!


Pete the cat and his Christmas Hat
 
 
 
Our storytimers are BIG fans of Pete the Cat, especially the first book and the song I Love My White Shoes.  For the last storytime sessions of the year our four visiting Nursery classes and our Baby and Toddler Rhymetimers will be treated to a reading and a singing of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. The Pete books are so popular in our library that folks have started putting reservations on them.
 
 
NOW you can see my poor sewing!
 
 
So, to mark the occasion, I made Pete a Santa hat. Just a triangle of red felt/flannel, some white trimmings, and a bare 2 minutes sewing (when gluing failed). I think you'll agree he looks very smart. Now, off to practise the song again from the MP3 file that the publishers have thoughtfully provided together with an information page and a Christmas event kit.
 
 
Although this book is fun, and I know the kids will love it because it's Pete, I still much prefer the first Pete book. Because of my enthusiasm for I Love My White Shoes I even spent too long making these in an earlier post.
 
 
Flannel shoes for Pete the Cat - I Love my White Shoes


I hope all you Flannel Friday-ers enjoy your last few storytimes of 2012!


A
MERRY
CHRISTMAS
TO
YOU
ALL!
 



Check out Courtney's blog, Miss Courtney Meets Bobo, for this week's roundup. Note that this will be the last Flannel Friday of 2012, and in January and February 2013 I'm taking a turn at being your Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother (FFFG). I'll include contact details when I have them, meantime you can contact any of the FFFGs at flannelboardfriday [at] gmail [dot] com.



Want to know more? Find out about Flannel Friday on the dedicated website. Features include past roundups, host schedule and how to participate.

Scan images of Flannel Friday posts on Pinterest.

Search for flannels and storytime ideas at Mel's Desk.

Discuss storytimes and flannel boards on the Flannel Friday Facebook Page.






Friday, 7 December 2012

Flannel friday - Snowman Storytime


Towards the end of December we usually offer a Seasonal Storytime.  Last year the highlight was the Rudolph's Nose Game and rhyme.



Rudolph, Rudolph flannel game

This year the rhymetime crowd is younger, and I've found I need to bring the flannels to the children, which is why I devised a hand held flannel board. However, Rudolph is too big to fit on the board, which is only 12" across, and his antlers just aren't study enough to be handled by our wee ones!

I thought I'd adapt the idea of photo props to use the snowman rhymes we've been learning since we got our first fall of snow a week or so ago. Here is the result ...


 
 
... we have a natty trilby (from an image at Open Clip Art), a carrot nose and some coal buttons, each with a wooden handle.
 
The rhymes are adapted from Librarian Lisa's blog Snow Storytime.
 
... with hat and buttons
I'm a Little Snowman
(to the tune of 'I'm a Little Teapot')
I'm a little snowman
Short and fat
Here are my buttons,
Here is my hat.
When the sun comes out,
I cannot stay.
Sadly I just melt away.

... with hat and nose
The Natty Little Snowman 
(finger play rhyme)
The nattylittle snowman
Had a carrot for a nose.
Along came a bunny
And what do you suppose?
The hungry little bunny
Looking for some lunch
Ate that carrot nose
Munch, munch, munch!

The


templates

are ready to print in JPEG format, either for printing, or as patterns to cut from flannel or paper. I hope to make extras so that the kids and parents can play with them later.


If you like the idea of using photo props in your storytimes there is a fun roundup of photo prop ideas here.






Want to know more?

Find out about Flannel Friday on the dedicated website. Features include past roundups, host schedule and how to participate.

Scan images of Flannel Friday posts on Pinterest.

Search for flannels and storytime ideas at Mel's Desk.

Discuss storytimes and flannel boards on the Flannel Friday Facebook Page.


This week's Flannel Friday Roundup can be found at Cate's fabulous blog - Storytiming!









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