Flannel Friday: Teeth and Germs!

Flannel Friday: Teeth and Germs!

I have two submissions for Flannel Friday this week, all about teeth and the germs that live in your mouth!

The first one was probably the biggest hit with the toddlers.


For this activity I started with a laminated picture of a mouth and teeth and then using a yellow marker I started to put germs on the teeth… After the teeth I asked the kids if we can get germs on our tongues, and add to the tongue, and then the gums.  After the germs were on the mouth I asked them what we can do to clean our teeth: Brush them!  I had the laminated tooth brush and glued a piece of felt to the back of it and used that to “brush” my teeth!  After I got all the germs out it was a clean mouth again!  This was a great visual for the kids to see the germs and how brushing can help get rid of them.

Five Little Germs | Miss Meg's Storytime

I got the Five Little Germs rhyme from Library Storytime’s

Five little germs went out to play,
In a child’s mouth one day,
It had so much fun inside,
Until we flossed and then one died.


No little germs are in my mouth,
Because I went and flossed them out
Now when the dentist looks inside
No little germs are left to hide.


Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Kay at Library Storytime ABC’s

Teeth Storytime

Teeth Storytime

I’m not sure what it was but both storytime’s this morning were AWESOME. Seriously, the kids were enthralled by the activities, quiet during the books, and seemed to enjoy the craft.  I am so happy. Who knew that a dental hygiene themed storytime would be so great!?

Also, as an added ‘cool’ bonus, multiple kids in the toddler group had just gone to the dentist or were going there very soon so they were able to really take something away from today’s books and songs!

Teeth Picture Books

bear's loose tooth
Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
Seriously I think I read a Karma Wilson book every other week but I just love her so much and the kids really respond well to her books!
maisy charley wobble tooth
Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth
by Lucy Cousins
arthur tricks tooth fairy
Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy By Marc Brown

I also started with Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton with the toddler group because they were a little crazy at the beginning! It helped them to sit down and realize it was storytime after we danced and galloped a bit :)

Teeth Songs

Bright Red Toothbrush

I have a bright red toothbrush
I use it every day
it cleans all my teeth
so I fight decay
First I brush one side
Then I brush the next
and when I brush the front, I brush all that’s left

I’ve Been Brushing
To tune of: I’ve been working on the Railroad

I’ve Been brushing with my toothbrush,
Brushing everyday.
I’ve been Brushing with my toothbrush,
It’s how I fight decay.
All my teeth are gonna sparkle
How proud I will be.
Every time I want to smile, my
Teeth will Shine for me!

You Brush Your Teeth by Raffi

If you get up in the morning at a quarter to one
and you want to have a little fun,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch….

 If you get up in the morning at a quarter to two
and you want to find something to do,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch….

 If you get up in the morning at a quarter to three

and you want to hum a tweedle dee dee,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch….

If you get up in the morning at a quarter to four
and you think you hear a knock at the door,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch….

 If you get up in the morning at a quarter to five
and you just can’t wait to come alive,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch….

I also did a flannel activity about germs that you can find HERE!

Dental Hygiene Craft

Tooth Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime
I got the tooth from Kiboomu Kids Crafts and added the words! The font I used was KG Primary Dots Lined and is free on DaFont! I LOVE this font (and most others that KG has)

Tooth Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

I got the toothbrush coloring page from Best Coloring Pages.

For the fun part of both of these (the toothpaste) I just mixed together about three parts shaving cream to one part glue.  My shaving cream was already blue so I just left it that color for some minty toothpaste*!

*I would not advise to test for minty-ness

Flannel Friday- February 14!

Flannel Friday- February 14!

Hello Flannel Friday friends!  So many great submissions this week… So much so that my perfect kitten can’t stop trying to swat at my laptop :)

And to keep with the theme of the last time I hosted Flannel Friday I made another word cloud…


Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime made a Circus themes file folder guessing game.  Kathryn is using this activity for 2-5 year olds so it’ll be great in either your toddler or preschool storytimes.  I’ve never tried something like this before but next time I do a circus theme it is definitely on my to-do list!

Next we have Lisa over at Libraryland with a flannelboard to Go Away, Big Green Monster. This adorably scary monster is part of an early literacy program and will find a home in the Activity Room of Lisa’s library.

Christine at Felt Board Ideas gives us two great ideas for the classic and ear-wormy* and fantastic song Five Green Speckled Frogs! *seriously it’s been stuck in my head for two days now!

A new-to-me and incredibly adorable blog this week is Mrs. Todd at A Librarian Less Ordinary!  Mrs. Todd is incorporating PLAY in her storytime with a cars and trucks road, complete with signs!

Shawn at Read, Rhyme, and Sing (another new-to-me blog!) shared a Valentine’s Day Love Bug that you will definitely have to remember for Valentine’s Day next year!

Anne from Itsy Bitsy Mom shared her Smitten Smatching (say that five times fast!) interactive flannelboard!  I love the fun designs and colors on these mittens and socks!

Katie at Storytime Secrets adapted the poem Good Morning by Muriel Sipe for her Flannel Friday submission this week. Katie gives a couple different options for your own flannelboard as well as a pdf of her images!

Over at What is Bridget Reading? We have a great What’s in an Egg flannelboard that saves you time and allows you to pull animals from sets you may already have!

This week Katie at Storytime Katie is sharing with us one of her first flannelboards!  These Five Little Ducks and their momma are so adorable (and way better than my first flannels!) Thanks Katie!

Catch the Possibilities is hosting her own guest post for Karen Hiebert (who you’ll probably recognize from the Flannel Friday FB page!) Karen has TWO great Valentine’s Day ideas that you will have to add to your list for next year!

Anne at So Tomorrow also has a Valentine’s Day idea for us!  Anne gives us 5 different colored hearts and three different ways to use them in storytime.  Awesome for helping to keep things fresh in your storytime’s!

And last but not least we have my own Flannel Friday submission for this week!  I made a flannelboard of Eric Carle’s The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.

Thank you for all of the wonderful submissions!  If any of the links are wrong please let me know in the comments or FB so I can fix them!!

PreSchool Explorers: Shapes

PreSchool Explorers: Shapes

So now that I have fully disclosed to you all my fear of science here is my first real stem “workshop” I did for Pre-Schoolers!

The format for my pre-school explorers workshop is:

Welcome & Introduction… Explain what the theme is and the “rules”, which are to work with your pre-schooler at each station and help him or her to work through each thing at a comfortable pace.

Read a story or two that goes with the theme.

Stations!  Each station has enough materials for two preschoolers/parent to be working at a time.  I have a small service population (abt 10,000) and since this is a new program I haven’t yet had a problem with too many people and not enough materials.

At the end I bring everyone together again to thank them and ask parents for any future suggestions!


stem with  miss meg

I started with the book The Shapes Game by Sian Tucker (for the life of me I can’t find an image of this book cover online…)

I also did Shapes Yoga!

Shapes Yoga Miss Meg's Storytime

Shapes are Everywhere Book

Shapes are Everywhere Books | Miss Meg's Storytime

I took pictures of things in the library and made it into a book.  The front of the page shows the picture and, “What shape do you see?” and the back of the page has the shape. For some pictures there were multiple shapes the kids could find.\

The Why of Shapes Puzzle

The Why of Shapes | Miss Meg's Storytime

They had to match up the foam pieces with the outline shape.  Parents could also discuss the characteristics of that shape.  I had two different sheets like this.

Build a Shape

Popsicle Stick Shapes | Miss Meg's Storytime

I provided sheets with a dotted outline of the shape and the name of the shape the kids then created that shape with the popsicle sticks.

Draw a Shape

Draw a Shape | Miss Meg's Storytime

Dotted outline of shapes and laminated so they could draw the shape then erase it afterwards.

Other stations included:

Flashcards with shape and shape name (print awareness!)

Shape books for parent and child to quietly read

Take home books with different shape activity and coloring pages

Shape counting sides sheet

I also got a lot of (FREE!) printout sheets and flashcards from Teachers Pay Teachers!


See, STEM isn’t scary!

Flannel Friday: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Flannel Friday: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

For my Eric Carle storytime last week I made a flannel story to The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse!

Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Story:

I am an artist and I can paint a Blue Horse…
And a Red Crocodile…
And a Yellow Cow…
And a Pink Rabbit…
And a Green Lion…
And an Orange Fox..
And a Purple Elephant…
And a Black Polar Bear…
And a Polka-Dotted Donkey!
Am I a good artist? (and hopefully the kids say yes…)

In the original story it’s actually a purple fox and orange elephant but I somehow mixed it up when making my flannels. I also had our storytime friend Harold the Pig puppet be the artist! Before I said the animal I showed them the flannel piece and asked what color and what animal it was.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse | Miss Meg's Storytime

My two favorite animals:

donkey elephant

(Full disclosure: The donkey was made by one of my pages…)

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by yours truly!

Eric Carle Storytime

Eric Carle Storytime

This was my first time doing a storytime theme around one picture book author/illustrator!  I also did these group of books and songs when I did my outreach preschools for the month of February and each time it was a success! I started out by telling all of the kids that Eric Carle is someone who writes the words and sometimes draws the pictures for books and he wrote The Hungry Little Caterpillar, which most of them are already familiar with.

With my storytime group (I don’t do this in pre-k visits) we started with our opening song, Rickety Tickety.

Eric Carle Picture Books

The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider By Eric Carle
(Toddler Storytime)
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? By Eric Carle
(Toddler Storytime)
very hungry caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
(Toddler Storytime)
Roosters Off to See the World
Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle
(Pre-School Storytime)
mixed up chameleon
The Mixed-Up Chameleon By Eric Carle
(Pre-School Storytime)
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle
(Pre-School Storytime)

Songs & Rhymes

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Clap Your Hands
source: Vivian the Librarian

Slowly, slowly, slowly clap your hands
Quickly, quickly, quickly clap your hands

stomp your feet, shake your bottom, wiggle your fingers

Fly, Fly, Fly

Sung to: “Three Blind Mice”

Fly, fly, fly
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly

Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes

I also did a Flannel Activity to The Artist Who Painted a Blue House which I will post a bit later!


I did a take home craft this week and prepared everything before attempting it which resulted in a CRAFT FAIL. The idea = great and can easily be changed.

First, here’s what I did:

Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace
hungry caterpillar
If you were to recreate this either a) don’t use a whole punch that the straws can fit through or b) get thicker straws

Other Eric Carle Storytime Ideas:
Vivian the Librarian: Carle-rific Storytime
Literacious: Eric Carle Celebration
Sunflower Storytime: jungle tag