Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
I didn’t realize so many celebrations take place this time of year!
First, to our most important:
Flannel Friday Newbies
also: Cinco De Mayo / Gardening
Welcome Jess who writes From the Liberry Of. Her first FF post is a Five Little fingerplay. She created the 5 Little Tortillas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo complete with a book list. (I’m adding this to my TBM pile, which can also be adapted to be the 5 Little Latkes for Hanukkah.)
Hannah from Lovin’ the Library was inspired by meeting Lisa over at Libraryland and Miss Sue of Library Village (who hasn’t been, really?) and is finally sharing her first FF submission this week, too! She cleverly uses directional cards to complement Up, Down, and Around. A perfect story to act out for gardening season.
Arbor Day / Earth Day
Anne from Itsy Bitsy Mom is sharing a beautiful Arbor Day flannel activity. I’m going to go to the craft store to track down all the shades of green that exist in felt to replicate this. After creating a gorgeous rainforest from felt, she made a whole forest full of animals to ask her preschool friends about. You may be able to steal animals from other sets you already have made to use with this activity (a great STEM one, too!).
Shawn over at Read, Rhyme & Sing is sharing a cute felt version of That’s How Much I Love You. It’s perfect for matching, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day which is May 11 this year.
Spring (is Connecticut the only state still in a deep freeze?!)
Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime is sharing a springy, buggy story that she adapted from another storytime blogger. The nice use of clip art bugs will appeal to the pre-K boys in any circle time setting!
Storytime with the Library Lady is back from a three-month hiatus and sharing a song, a felt board, excitement over a die-cut machine, a craft, and a video! You know how much I love videos! You must watch. It way better quality than mine. Haha.
Comic Book Day (first Saturday in May)
I’m on a superhero kick and just found out another one of my favorite stories went out of print. Don’t fret, Batman! I have pictures of flannel pieces you can recreate with your superpowers, a video, and a craft so you can still use this amazing story: You Can Do Anything, Daddy!
Jane from Piper Loves the Library came up with a flannel craft after my own heart: Superhero Cuffs! I’m off to make them NOW. I suggest you do the same.