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Archive for November, 2011

#FlannelFriday Turkey in the Straw

Gobble Gobble Gobble! This week’s Flannel Friday contribution is a Thanksgiving theme!

Five Little Turkeys

Five little turkeys standing at the door,
One waddled off, and then there were four.

Four little turkeys sitting near a tree,
One waddled off, and then there were three.

Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were two.

Two little turkeys in the morning sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.

One little turkey better run away,
For soon it will be Thanksgiving day.

 Turkey in the Straw

Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha,
Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha,
Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha,
Turkey in the straw, my darling.

Turkey in the white snow, ho, ho, ho,
Turkey in the white snow, ho, ho, ho,
Turkey in the white snow, ho, ho, ho,
Turkey in the snow, my darling.

Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi,
Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi,
Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi,
Turkey in the sky, my darling.

Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn,
Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn,
Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn,
Turkey in the barn, my darling.

Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn,
Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn,
Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn,
Turkey in the corn, my darling.

Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee,
Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee,
Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee,
Turkey in the tree, my darling.

For more Flannel Friday goodness, check out the round-up hosted by Katie at Story Time Secrets or the Flannel Friday Pinterest page. Happy Thanksgiving!

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#FlannelFriday Inspired by Mel!

I’m still in the middle of create a Turkey in the Straw flannel. Nothing brand new to share but here is one from a couple months ago that I created for a theme on Royalty.

One of my favorite things about #FlannelFriday is the inspiration from all the immensely talented contributors. I have created several flannels based on their original ideas. This week I present There’s a Castle in the Middle of the Moat inspired by Mel!

There’s a Castle in the Middle of the Moat

There’s a castle in the middle of the moat
There’s a castle in the middle of the moat
There’s a castle, there’s a castle,
There’s a castle in the middle of the moat.

There’s a throne in the castle in the middle of the moat…
There’s a cushion on the throne in the castle in the middle of the moat…
There’s a crown on the cushion on the throne in the castle in the middle of the moat…
Don’t sit on it!

You can add as many verses as your creative brain can dream up! This was a fun twist and a nice departure from my habit of creating another 5 Little… flannel. Hopefully by next week I’ll have the Turkey in the Straw flannel complete.

The Flannel Friday Round-up this week will be posted by Cate at Storytiming. For even more inspiration, check out the archive over at Anne’s blog So Tomorrow.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party!

To celebrate the November 15th release of the 6th book in the Wimpy Kid series, Cabin Fever, I held a party to celebrate all things Wimpy kid! Whether is was the surprisingly good weather, college football Saturday, or laziness, this was my lowest attended Wimpy Kid program. Typically I have 30+ in attendance but the 5 who showed were so much fun. This smaller group caused me to alter my game but I think the program was all the richer for the change.

  

We sat in a circle and shared talked about who had read which books and what were the favorites. 3 out of 5 had read all 5 books and were anxious for the newest. Then we dove into some trivia. The trivia was tough and it was so much fun being on the presenter side to see the light bulbs flash on when the answers reminded the kids of parts of the story long forgotten.

After the trivia I split the kids into 2 groups – 3 versus 3 (I was thrilled I got to be a part of one of the groups). In the middle of the room I placed a large basket full of wadded up paper. We talked about the premise of Cabin Fever being that Greg is trapped in the house due to a snowstorm and that we were going to have our own snowball fight. On the count of 3 we all rushed the basket and started winging paper snowballs at each other. *cue giggles* This went on for several minutes but could have lasted for 30!

I called the group back but asked them to bring back 3 snowballs each to open. Inside were written writing prompts, a word or phrase describing a person, place, or action. We took turns reading them aloud and giggling at the silly combinations.

Activity stations included:

Rock Band on PlayStation 2 to represent Loded Diper
Crossword Puzzle and Coloring Pages from enlarged images from my Google Image search
Learn to Draw Greg and independent writing with the prompts from snowball fight
Fregley’s Jelly Bean Jar Guess
Dog Days Pin-the-Ice-Cream

  

Each kid left with either a button with Greg or the Loded Diper logo (I’m a huge fan of our branch button maker – GREAT investment), a Cabin Fever poster thanks to my friend in our Collection Development Department, and a treat bag with mini snickers bars with the bag topper printed from Cap Creations.

Activities or ideas I am saving for next time… Wimpy Kid Uno, Cheese Touch Game, cheese path to the meeting room, Talk Like Fregley game (which fun with a large group), and more!

Leave your best jelly bean guess in the comments!

#FlannelFriday Humpty Dumpty

Here is a new take on an old classic…

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

 After Humpty falls off the wall he flips over to reveal a sunnyside-up egg, which always elicits giggles.

The Reading Chick has this week’s fabulous #FlannelFriday Round-up!

#FlannelFriday Tooth Fairy!

Now that the everyone is beginning to come down from their Halloween candy sugar high, it’s time to think about brushing those teeth! It was tempting to pass out toothpaste at storytime this week. Maybe a thought for next year is to work with a local dentist… hmmmm…

A few months ago I created this sweet little flannel using a template from Making Learning Fun during my lunch hour which is perfect for a theme on dental health.


Children, children, look and see.
Can you find the tooth for me?

Similar to my Little Mouse flannel, the tooth hides behind one of the colored pillows. The children or child (when saying the rhyme you can insert a specific child’s name) guess which pillow they think the tooth is hiding behind. I created 10 different colored pillow even though only 6 are shown to give me lots of options.

A few favorite titles about teeth, tooth fairies, or dentists:
Alice the Fairy by David Shannon
Dear Tooth Fairy by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job by Katie Davis
Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins
My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out by Lauren Child
Silverlicious by Victoria Kann
Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini

Pop on over to the Flannel Friday Round-up hosted this week by Anne for more fabulous ideas!