I kind of used the song from PreSchool Alphabet but really adapted and changed it to fit with my group. I handed out one veggie to each kid in the group (I usually have about 10 in attendance) and when their veggie was called they came and put it in the bucket and stirred it. This was the song we sang:
Stir it, Stir it
Until it’s hot!
Come put the _____
in the pot!
On my outreach visits I didn’t bring the bucket and we just used the plastic baggie instead and they shook it up.
It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in FF and it is good to be back!
Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Lisa at Libraryland.
Every week I have been doing the song Los Colores with my pre-school group. This week our theme was transportation so I decided to add a little bit to the song with the colored cars. Previously I just had the words in Spanish on the board but I didn’t think the song was really sticking with them from week to week. I think they responded better to the cars and I am going to continue doing it with cars (or something of every color) every week!
I learned Los Colores when I used to nanny and go to playgroup so unfortunately I don’t have a source for it. It is set to the tune of Frère Jacques.
Red is Rojo
Green is Verde
Purple is Morado
Grey is Gris
To download a PDF of the cars with the Spanish colors CLICK HERE!
Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Storytiming!
We had a small group this time but they are all awesome submissions! The theme for the roundup this week was CSLP’s Every Hero Has a Story. No worries if you weren’t ready for the theme just yet– you may continue to post your hero themed flannels in future roundups!
Katie at Storytime Secrets shared her original Brave Firefighter rhyme and flannel. This will be perfect for community heroes and firefighter themed storytimes this summer and all year long.
I heard this story when a 2nd grade library patron asked to read me his take home book from school and loved it and immediatly wanted to turn it into a flannel story. I e-mailed the author, Ann Gadzikowski and she was all cool with it so here it is!
This is adapted from The Wise Blackbird by Ann Gazikowski. (I did adjust and adapt and add to the story a bit…the original story and illustrations can be found here: http://luzhou.meiwo.com.cn/photo/99/zp/201312115453.pdf )
Once there was a bluebird who liked to brag. He looked at the sky, he looked at his wings, and he smiled. “How fine I look!” thought the bluebird. “I am as blue as the sky!” The bluebird flew high and low in the blue sky.
The bluebird saw a mouse. “Hello!” said the bluebird to the mouse. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes, it is a beautiful day,” said the mouse. “The sky is a beautiful blue.” “I am blue, too,” said the bluebird. “I am beautiful, like the blue sky.” “Oh,” sighed the mouse. “I am not blue. I am gray. I am not the color of the sky.” The bluebird laughed and flew away.
The bluebird saw a flamingo. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes,” said the flamingo. “It is a fine and sunny day.” “Look at the beautiful blue sky,” said the bluebird. “I am blue, like the sky.” “I am pink,” said the flamingo. “Blue is better than pink,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky!” “Oh,” said the flamingo. “I am not the color of the sky.” The flamingo was angry. He flew away without saying good-bye.
The bluebird saw a frog. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes,” said the frog. “It is a fine and sunny day.” “Look at the beautiful blue sky,” said the bluebird. “I am blue, like the sky.” “ I am green,” said the frog. “Blue is better than green,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky!” “Oh,” said the frog. “I am not the color of the sky”. The frog was sad. He hopped away.
The bluebird looked up. He saw a blackbird at the top of a tree. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes it is,” said the blackbird. “I am blue, like the sky,” said the bluebird. “I am not blue,” said the blackbird. “I am black.” “Blue is better than black,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky.”
The blackbird was wise. “Yes, blue is beautiful,” he said. “Blue is the color of the sky.” “But the sky is not always blue. Sometimes it is gray, like a mouse. Sometimes it is pink, like a flamingo. Sometimes it is green like a frog. Sometimes it is black, like me.”
The bluebird was surprised. “When is the sky gray, like a mouse?” he asked. “The sky is gray on a cloudy day,” said the blackbird. “It is as gray as a mouse.”
“When is the sky pink, like a flamingo?” asked the bluebird. “The sky is pink at sunset,” said the blackbird. “It is as pink as a flamingo.”
“When is the sky green, like a frog?” asked the bluebird. “the sky is green just before a storm, like a thunderstorm” said the blackbird. “it is as green as a frog”.
“When is the sky black, like you are?” asked the bluebird. “The sky is black at night when the stars are shining,” said the blackbird. “It is as black as I am.”
The bluebird thought and thought. He thought about the gray mouse and the sky on a cloudy day. He thought about the pink flamingo and the sky at sunset. He thought about the blackbird and the sky at night. “You are right,” he said to the blackbird. “A mouse is as gray as the sky. A flamingo is as pink as the sky. A frog is as green as the sky. A blackbird is as black as the sky. And I am as blue as the sky.”
“We are all the colors of the sky. We are all beautiful.” The bluebird still liked being blue, but he never bragged again.
Yay! Flannel Friday is FOUR YEARS OLD! This means that storytime bloggers have been paired up with other’s who may not have a blog and want to share their flannel friday creations!
Today, Miss Meg’s Storytime is hosting a post from Laura Chipman!
I absolutely love Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley and thought that it would make a great flannelboard. I drew the characters freehand, cut them out of felt, and added details with puffy fabric paint.
While I have done the whole book as a flannelboard story, I have also used just the parts I wanted. This one was part of a “Whose House Is It?” storytime. I read Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley, Flora’s Surprise by Debi Gliori, Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino, and Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic.
For the flannelboard I put up the felt pieces for the cave, the mountain, the desert, the pond, and the tree.
“I bet the camel lives in the tree.” I got a resounding, “No!”
“I know. The goat lives in the pond!”
“Maybe the possum lives in the cave.” The kids really loved it. I mixed them up a few times before they helped me put the animals in the right places.
“There we go. Everybody is back in their favorite home. Thank you for helping me!”
Thank you to Miss Meg for allowing me to do a guest post on her blog. I enjoyed being a part of