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#FlannelFriday 5 Ballerina Kitties

Enough with the apples (although I’m still working on the program plan)!  In honor of my little ballerina beginning dance classes again I am posting a Ballerina Kitty flannel she and I made together.

I found these adorable Hello Kitty images through a Google search which served as my templates.

5 Little Ballerinas

5 little ballerinas dancing across the floor,
One twirled away and then there were 4.
4 little ballerinas stretched tall like a tree,
One leaped away and then there were 3.
3 little ballerinas dressed in tutus of bright blue,
One danced away and then there were 2.
2 little ballerinas having lots of fun,
One twirled away and then there was 1.
1 little ballerina dancing all alone,
She danced away and then there were none.

I embellished the tutus with fancy stickers and fabric paint. The rhyme was something I threw together quickly and can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Pro tip: To keep your fabric paint from looking gloopy or snagging on the felt as you apply, cut the tip of the paint stem lower to provide you with a flatter surface to work with. Cut too much off and you’ll have a mess. You can always trim away what snags.

This flannel was made with my little ballerina in mind. Here she is in her costume from her June recital.

For more #FlannelFriday awesomeness check out Anne’s Blog for this week’s round-up!

#FlannelFriday That Apple is Mine!

Apple mania continues! This week is a two-fer as I find more ideas to create into flannel stories for my September Apple program.

First up is That Apple is Mine retold by Katya Arnold.

This Russian folktale finds a group of animals fighting over rights to the last apple of the season. The issue is resolved when Bear suggests they share the apple. I had heard this story and actually told it several times using puppets but had never seen a print version. A shout out to my twitter friends who helped me locate the actual title.

Once the new friends eat their share along comes a worm and says… “Hey! That apple was mine!”

Second is a variation on the B-I-N-G-O song, similar to the K-I-T-T-Y flannel I posted a few weeks ago. This new one of course is A-P-P-L-E.

(sung to the tune of BINGO, remove the first letter of the word
and clap in its place, repeat until no letters remain)
I know a fruit that grows on trees,
An apple is its name, oh!
An apple is its name, oh!

Yesterday I ordered 12 Melissa & Doug apples for the program so the kids could try to stack the apples up on top. I have so many activity ideas it is getting difficult to narrow it down!


This week my theme for storytime was naughty kitties. I started with a flannel based on the story Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward – one of my favorite books that is sadly out of print. I also created this quick flannel to go with the theme and to use with either a cat or a pet themes.


(sung to the tune of BINGO)

There was a girl who had a cat and Kitty was her name-o
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y
and Kitty was her name-o

(remove a letter and substitute a clap, I make a big deal about removing the letter having the kids wave and say “Goodbye K!”)

I cut the letters out using the ellison press and did a Google search for “cat clipart.” I did a little dance when the Hello Kitty reading a book image popped up. It served as the perfect template. First I traced the basic shape in white and then layered the red for her clothes, bow and sparkly blue book. Then I outlined the entire image using fabric paint. I was so happy with how she turned out that I made 5 Ballerina Kitties for a dance theme (they will appear in next week’s Flannel Friday).

 Books used with naughty kitty theme:
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Elhert
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel



Shoes! Shoes! And More Shoes!

I love shoes! And it is always fun for me to read books about things that I love because the children and parents feel my excitement. My current favorite book is Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. I bet I read this book 5 dozen times this last year (I’m also the reason we have it in our catalog). If I go into a Kindergarten classroom without Pete the kids are NOT happy.

To accompany the reading I created colored flannel sneakers:

I add a sneaker each time Pete steps in something new and then remove them as the water washes away the colors.

In addition to the sneakers I created other flannel shoes to introduce the theme during storytime. I will give a few hints about who might wear a certain type of shoe and encourage the children to guess before putting it up on the board.


Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen offers up a great rhyme that will help get the kids moving like monsters. They creep and crawl, run and stumble, hip-hop and tumble! This fun read-aloud is perfect for building a love of books and an ear for sounds!

Little Mouse, Little Mouse…

My storytime theme this week was Mice so I reached back into the vault for an old favorite!

Little mouse, little mouse…
Are you in the (let children guess a color) house?

I think we did this at least 5 times at the various storytimes this week! Each time the mouse was hiding under a different colored house. I knock on the table and call “Hello? Little mouse are you home?” building the suspense for the big reveal.

This flannel was paired with the following books:

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Lunch by Denise Fleming

Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins

5 Little Owls

In search of inspiration I stumbled upon Ms. Leah’s Sunflower Storytime Blog. Her owl flannel and template led me to create my own for future use. I am making a commitment to myself to create something every week in an effort to reclaim my zen.