Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Umbrella/Rain Felt Board

I decided to do a rain Storytime this spring and came across some adorable felt board stories in my search. I will be using 10 Little Raindrops by Storytime Katie and 5 Umbrellas by Christine at Felt Board Ideas.  There are so many cute flannel board ideas for rain!

Here are my pieces.  I couldn't resist adding a little glitter to the raindrops.  I think I might have a problem with glitter.  I want to put it on EVERYTHING.

I also made a sheet for kids to color and take home.  You can print it out and use it.

I plan to read some of these books.  I haven't quite decided which ones yet.  They're all good!
The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

 Rain by Manya Stojic

This Is the Rain by Lola M. Shaefer

 The Water Hole by Graeme Base

Friday, March 7, 2014

Confetti Bird Story and Craft

I'm working on my Spring Evening Storytimes and came across the Confetti books.  I will be using Roly-Poly Egg  Snack Time for Confetti by Kali Stileman. 

What you will need:
  • Blue yarn
  • Blue pipe cleaners
  • Brightly colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punches in different sizes
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Liquid glue

I found a fun and easy way to make Confetti out of yarn and a pipe cleaner. One of my oh-so willing Pages made large pompoms out of blue yarn.  My first attempt I used a large store bought pompom, but it didn't look fluffy enough.  I folded a blue pipe cleaner in half and then fold the ends to create feet and glued it to the bottom of the pompom.  Using two different sized hole punches I punched circles out of  brightly colored scrap paper.  I made the beak by cutting a diamond shape out of orange card stock and folding it in half.  Then I glued the eyes (I used two different sizes), paper dots, and beak to the pompom to create Confetti!  Isn't he cute?  The kids will have fun making this little bird and the stories are adorable.

Here's a closer look at Confetti:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Five Green Shamrocks

I found some really cute poems and stories to do the next two weeks for St.Patrick's Day in Storytime.
This week I will be doing a green theme using the books Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Where Is Green Sheep? by Mem Fox.

I will be using the felt board for the rhyme: 5 Green Shamrocks.  This rhyme can be found on narrating tales of preschool storytime.  I decided to make coloring sheet with the rhyme on it for kids to take home.   
 You can print it here

The other flannel board story that I will be using next week is called Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See? It is based off of  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
You can find the whole story here at Storytime ABC's

Here's my felt creations for the story, minus the sun.  I will just use a sun from another story.  I mixed felt and clip art for my leprechaun.  He looks pretty cute to me!