Friday, December 18, 2015

Flannel Friday - A Felt Advent Calendar

Can you believe that this is the last Flannel Friday of the year?! Neither can I!

This project is something that I made for my daughter, actually. It's not perfect, but it's been fun planning it out. She's a very active toddler, so I gave her a Christmas tree of her own to play with. 

I bought a large sheet of green felt and used 3M strips to tape it on her door. I used washi tape for the outline of the tree and base (though I did have to go back and glue the washi tape down because it wasn't sticky enough to stay on the tree). The ornaments are shapes I traced from her shape sorter set and the numbers are glitter glue. I've been giving her one ornament a day. Though they're not pictured on the tree, the last five days will be yellow stars. And as you can see she has already lost poor day ten, a green triangle to match days eight and nine, which all together make a Christmas tree of their own.

Mary from Miss Mary Liberry is hosting the roundup this week.

***Remember: you can also find Flannel Friday on Facebook, Pinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.***

Happy Holidays, Everyone! See you all again in the new year!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Flannel Friday - The Gingerbread Man

It's been a loooooong time since I've done a Flannel Friday, but I really liked this Gingerbread Man song I found on It's a nice and easy rhyme, and you can change the animals, add characters, etc. The template came from I colored them in, laminated them, cut them out, and placed a magnet on the back.

The Gingerbread Man
Sung to: "Wheels on the Bus"
The gingerbread man ran through the town,
Through the town, through the town.
The gingerbread man ran through the town,
"You'll never catch me."

He ran away from a cow,
from a cow, from a cow
He ran away from a cow,
"You'll never catch me."

He ran away from a sheep,
from a sheep, from a sheep
He ran away from a sheep
"You'll never catch me."

He ran away from a dog,
from a dog, from a dog
He ran away from a dog,
"You'll never catch me."

Then he came to a fox,
To a fox, to a fox
The fox said,
"You can trust me"
Then he ate him, yes siree.

The roundup for this week can be found on my blog here.

***Remember: you can also find Flannel Friday on Facebook, Pinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.***

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup: December 4

It's Flannel Friday: Winter Extravaganza time! These submissions are perfect for a cold winter's day.

First up is first-timer Wendy! She has made a blog, Flannel Board Fun, just so she could participate in Flannel Friday. Her Five Little Snowmen Fat is just one of the crazy cute flannels on her blog. Welcome to the club, Wendy!

Get into the Christmas spirit with April at Storytime Ukelele. She has her felt version of It Must Be Santa paired with the chords and lyrics to the song. Ho, ho, ho!

These Five Little Snowmen are in desperate need of something cold! Hop on over to Kate's blog, Felt Board Magic, to see what their fate is (spoiler alert: SNOW!)

Kate has also decorated a Christmas tree for us! The Lights on the Tree are beautiful indeed! 

In an Inspired by Flannel Friday post, Jen has made Five Little Snowmen and even included a template for us (that she made herself!) on her blog, Adventures in Storytime.

Kathryn from Fun with Friends at Storytime has turned her Christmas tree into an interactive play board for her children's section. What a fun way to keep kids busy when there are no storytimes!

Miss Mary Liberry has made a triumphant comeback with Froggy Gets Dressed. Side note: she made us guess what it was and I got it correct. Not bragging or anything...

In other comeback news, I have my first flannel in a long time, too. It's The Gingerbread Man told with an easy-to-remember rhyme.

If you're feeling too chilly, warm up with Amy's Itsy Bitsy Monkey on her blog One Little Librarian. It is adorable and I can't wait to use it for Chinese New Year in 2016. 

***Remember: you can also find Flannel Friday on FacebookPinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.***

Friday, October 2, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup - October 2, 2015

It's Flannel Friday? I'm still not sure, so let's ask Cookie Monster and Tom Hiddleston.

Alright, there's our answer. So on with the show!

It's October (finally)! You know what that means? Fall! Pumpkins! HALLOWEEN! Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime helps us choose what costumes to wear with her Five Little Jack-o-Lanterns Shining Bright.

Shawn at Read, Rhyme, and Sing was inspired to make a Mr. Potato Head set by another Flannel Friday post. She even created a clever rhyme to help children with parts of the body.

Nikki at heytherelibrary is looking for her Little Cat who fell asleep under a hat. Can you guess where Little Cat is?

Laura at Library Lalaland and I have something in common: our first flannel was Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree! And she's right, this one never fails to get the crowd going.

Time for a Flashback Friday (that's a thing, right?). The last time I hosted, Melissa at Mel's Desk debuted her first Meeow set. This week she has more pieces: more Meeow!

Jaime at Miss Jaime's Library Journeys has been hard at work making a Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons set. I love the idea of using Velcro on the buttons to help them keep the shirt closed. Good thinking, Jaime!

Jane at Piper Loves the Library has started a yoga storytime program called Yoga for Two. She's even managed to work in some flannel board fun!

Lastly, Nancy asked if I would post pictures of her imaginative and fun Shadow Children at Play. They are just too cute!

Next week is our Fall and Halloween Extravaganza! It will be hosted by Lisa at Libraryland.

***Remember: you can also find Flannel Friday on FacebookPinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.***

Flannel Friday Guest Post - Shadow Children at Play

Hello everyone! I don't have a Flannel Friday post of my own (even though I'm hosting this week), but Nancy from Galion, OH wants to share her window display.

These shadow children at play would be especially perfect for next year's CSLP theme: Ready, Set, Read!

Great job, Nancy! I love the balloons and clouds, too. A wonderful addition to an already beautiful library.

You can find the final roundup on my blog later today.

***Remember: you can also find Flannel Friday on FacebookPinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.***

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Flannel Friday Placeholder for October 2nd

It's Flannel Friday! I LOVE Flannel Friday!

Submit your links in the comments by 10pm Eastern on Friday and I'll add them to the FF post.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup: August 21, 2015

What a great week, everyone! I'm as sad as most people to see summer go, but I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures and falling leaves, not to mention everything pumpkin flavored. And even though summer is winding down, Flannel Friday is still in full swing. I've loved seeing the fantastic flannel posts our contributors prepared for us. Here they are for your flanneling pleasure:

Camping is a favorite summer activity and Lauren has made this delicious flannel to celebrate a favorite tasty treat: S'mores! This rhyme will have you giggling and looking for some marshmallows.

Kathryn was inspired by Sunflower Storytime to make her own version of Two Little Sharks. Then she added more creatures to the under the sea party to make an even ten.

Danielle's two shark-themed flannels were inspired by Destination Storytime and ItsyBitsyMom. And sadly, she's moving on to Teen and Adult services and won't get to do her wonderful storytimes anymore. We hope you still stop by to chat with us, Danielle!

We're leaving the ocean behind to check out how Melissa brought Meeow's world to life. That playful kitty is hiding and it's our job to find him! She even includes ways to modify the flannel for different ages, proving once again that she is our resident genius.

Bonnie is continuing the Little Mouse fun with her own version, Ladybug, Ladybug. She even has a great idea on how to use it to focus a wiggly, giggly group.

Let's talk about fall! Ms. Kelly reminds us that the season of pumpkins and spice and everything nice is right around the corner with Five Little Apples.

Jaime is showing off a flannel she made when she was still a baby librarian, Fall is Not Easy. They're very intricate and a perfect way to share a favorite autumn story. And to think all that talent is right down the road (highway) from me!

Everyone did such a wonderful job this week. Thank you, Flannel Friday crew for being your usual amazing selves! 

***Remember: you can also find Flannel Friday on FacebookPinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.***

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Flannel Friday Placeholder for August 21

Summer's coming to an end, but Flannel Friday is still in full swing! Comment here with your link to your FF post by 10pm ET. I can't wait to see what you have in store for this week!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup: May 15, 2015

Are you ready to Flannel Friiiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaaay?!!!!! Here are the posts for your flannelizing pleasure:

It's raining fun at Fun with Friends at Storytime! Kathryn shares with us a matching game using umbrellas. Wear your raincoats, kids, you're about to get drenched!

Nikki from heytherelibrary shows off her mad flanneling skillz that she learned over time. Those five little ducks are ready to play!

Brytani, otherwise known as The Neighborhood Librarian, is swimming by to say that her Bubble, Bubble, Pop prop (say that ten times fast!) is a hit.

Ms. Kelly at the Library is helping kids learn about being smart with their money with her post about Five Little Cupcakes. And now I'm craving baked goods!

Those monkeys just haven't learned their lesson yet! Luckily, Storytime Katie made them a bed for jumping on. She even has templates!

Get ready to leap over buildings in a single bound and fly as fast as an airplane! Storytime with Miss Tara has a clever idea that will make little superheroes pose for a photo.

My superheroes are ready to fight crime and make the world a peaceful place this summer.

Jane talks about how very super her school visits are at Piper Loves the Library. It really does take hearts and spirits the size of Gotham to pull off a fantastic SRP.

Great job this week, everyone!

You can also find Flannel Friday on FacebookPinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.

Flannel Friday: Five Superheroes Ready to Fly

Though we're not doing the CSLP theme for SRP this summer, we ARE doing a fantasy theme. So of course I wanted to do a storytime on superheroes. Thank goodness for our very own library superheroes, Jbrary, and their plethora of songs about the topic.

The clipart came from cloudstreetlab's Etsy store (male set; female set). The sets are build-your-own, so you can play with the costumes, hair, and accessories to make your superheroes unique. I also got their monster pack for free and I can't wait to play with that! The heroes were printed out and laminated, and I intend to cut them out and add a magnet on the back.

Here are a few of the creations I made (the girl in all black is my villain!):

Five Superheroes Ready to Fly
5 superheroes ready to fly
Here comes the villain, Stop that guy!
This superhero can save the day.
Off he flies - up, up, and away!
Count down from 4, 3, 2, 1 

Thank you for joining us on this lovely Flannel Friday! Be sure to catch the final roundup, on my blog, later tonight.

You can also find Flannel Friday on FacebookPinterest, and at our Flannel Friday Blog. If you're new to Flannel Friday, don't forget to add your name and location to our Where Is Flannel Friday map.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup Placeholder: May 15, 2015

Happy Flannel Friday, friends! Place your Flannel Friday post in the comments and I'll add it to the roundup.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Flannel Friday!

It's our fourth birthday, and we're so excited to celebrate with everyone this year. We're featuring a Guest Post Palooza, a day that those who don't have blogs can share their wonderful flannel board creations. Thank you, Sharon, for coming up with such an awesome idea!

Guest Posts

Jessi is at Lisa S's blog, Thrive After Three, sharing her flannel board pieces made from milk filters.

Jane on Lisa's Libraryland, with Froggy Went a-Courtin'The Owl and the Pussycat, and The Runaway Cookies. You may not know this, but Jane is part of the team who works on the wiki MCLSKids. Thanks for your hard work, Jane!

Grace's post, about flannel board tables, is on Bridget's blog What Is Bridget Reading.

On Kim's blog, Literary Commentary, we have Leah's flannel board for Laurie Berkner's song, "Boots".

Allison is on Nikki's blog, heytherelibrary. She's sharing with us her Letter of the Day, a reoccurring activity at her storytimes.

The ladies at Jbrary, Lindsey and Dana, are hosting Julie and her post about STEAM flannels. We look forward to seeing more from you, Julie, on your future blog!

Mary, her adorable sons, and Pete the Cat are guests on Sue's blog, Library Village.

Sharon is hosting Nichole and her Robots on Rain Makes Applesauce.

Mari is having a Word Smushing party on Kelly's blog, Ms. Kelly at the Library.

Kendra, on her blog Read Sing Play, has teamed up with Jeri to bring us One More Thing.

This cute version of Slow Snail, by Mary Murphy, is from Katie. She's coming to us from Anne's blog, itsybitsymom.

Melendra's folder story, My Many Colored Capes, is perfect for this year's CSLP theme. Her post can be found on Katie's blog, storytime katie.

Laura joins us from Meg's blog, Miss Meg's Storytime. Here's her rendition of Who's House is It using pieces from different flannel sets.

Mel, from Mel's Desk, is hosting Gayle from New Zealand (she wins the award for the farthest away!). Gayle is sharing her prop story, The Best Gift.

Other Posts
Kathryn is sharing with us Hide Little Mice on her blog, Fun with Friends at Storytime.

First timer CUA94 with Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton. Make sure you check out her blog, Storytime Whoopdeedoo.

Welcome back to Flannel Friday! Matching socks is the name of the game on her blog, Stories with Library Danielle.

Jane and Piper are here to share their extension for It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. It even has a special Flannel Friday addition!

And that's all from the roundup. What a tremendous job, everyone! Thank you to all our participants, volunteers, readers, and administrators for the hard work that you do. Everyone who takes part in Flannel Friday makes it the great community that it is!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup Placeholder for March 6

Can you believe that Flannel Friday is four years old already?! It seems like just yesterday Mel was inviting us to post our own flannel boards on Fridays. Sniff. They grow up so fast.

Please add your post in the comments below. I'll add them to the final roundup on Friday night.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Flannel Friday - One Penguin in the Bathtub

Happy Flannel Friday, everyone. Long time no see! Today's post was made out of laminated clip art and Velcro and was featured in my polar animals storytime a few weeks ago.

One Penguin in the Bathtub
One penguin in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap hands)
Splash, splash (slap knees)
Come on in!
(count up to five penguins)

This week's roundup is hosted by Ms. Kelly at the Library. If you'd like to learn more about Flannel Friday, you can find us on Facebook, Pinterest, or on our blog. Please tell us where in the world Flannel Friday is by sharing your location here. Don't forget to sign up to participate in our Guest Post Palooza on March 4 (sign ups end this week!). 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Flannel Friday Announcement: Guest Post Palooza!

Celebrate Flannel Friday’s Birthday

Flannel Friday is celebrating its fourth birthday, and we have decided to do something a little different. What started out with a few librarians sharing their flannel story ideas on Twitter has grown into something pretty special.

We are hosting a Guest Post Palooza.  If you’ve ever wanted to share one your favorite flannel boards, but don’t have a blog, this is your opportunity.  We will pair you up with a blogger who is willing to share their spot in the blogosphere.  

We need people who are willing to post flannel stories and we need bloggers who are willing to host someone else’s work on March 6.  Is that you?  

Remember, every single one of us, from Melissa D to you, had to start blogging sometime. This is a great way to dip your toe into the blogging pool..  

Please fill out the attached Google form.  Sharon or I will contact you with your match.

Have questions about this?  Check out our FAQs page.

Be sure to check out this week's roundup hosted by Kim at her blog Literary Commentary.