Category: Flannel Friday

Puppet Costume Story: Using You Can Do Anything, Daddy!

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I decided to make costumes for my pirate puppet so I can use it to go along with one of my favorite stories, You Can Do Anything, Daddy! by Michael Rex. This out-of-print story lives through my storytelling, and I’m always looking for ways to freshen it up so I don’t get bored with it myself. I decided to make a series of ponchos to fit over Pirate’s head. I used three 9 x 12 felt sheets: 1 dark brown for gorilla, 1 grey for robot, and 1 green for robot gorilla pirate. I cut a hole in the middle of the sheet that fits over Pirate’s head, then I used fabric paint to decorate the outfits. I can easily manipulate these outfits and place them on top of Pirate’s head while I use the book to read the story:

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For other ways to tell my favorite story, check out this link. For more flannel ideas check out Mel’s Desk. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!

Up, Down & Around

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For the spring I decided to make a flannel set to go along with Up, Down & Around by Katherine Ayres. I used my die cut machine to cut out 4″ blue circles (to represent the sky) and 4″ tan circles (to represent soil). I used glittery green pipe cleaners to represent the vegetables growing up or out of the earth. I hot glued them onto 4″ white circles for sturdiness.

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These are the pieces you’ll need for each veggie: 1 4″ circle, 1/4 of a glittery green pipe cleaner, 1/2 tan 4″ circle, 1/2 blue 4″ circle.


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Use a pen to curl the “around” veggies.

The finished products:

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Up: Corn, Down: Carrots, Around: Cucumbers Up: Peppers, Down: Potatoes, Around: Pumpkins
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Up: Broccoli, Down: Beets, Around: Green Beans Up: Okra, Down: Onions, Around: Tomatoes

What better way to learn about the food cycle?!

For more flannel ideas check out Ms. Kelly at the Library. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? Puppet Story


Eve Bunting’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? is Seuss-esque and perfect for puppet storytelling! I used a cheat sheet Have You Seen My New Blue Socks, my puppet bin, and a puppet stand. The result is a lot of fun–and tons of rhyming! I only needed a few props that I found on clearance at Target (snowflake slippers and two pairs of socks: one purple and one blue). Here’s the story:

For more ideas to use in storytime, go to Flannel Friday. Check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group. This week’s roundup is over at Read, Rhyme and Sing!

Frog on a Log Felt Rhyme Game

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Kes Gray’s Frog on a Log is a great read-aloud for the storytime crowd. Cat and Frog discuss where animals can sit. Cat insists that each animal can sit only on something that rhymes with its name. Meet a variety of animals including a gopher, a gibbon, a weasel, a puffin, and be prepared for a surprise ending!

I made a Felt Match Game that you can play together as a group, and that you can give to families to take home as an extension activity. Hand out all the animals and see if children can match theirs up to the objects.

Here are the coloring sheets you can hand out to create a Memory Game: Frog on a Log Coloring Cards.

Frog on Log Coloring Sheet

You can create a Felt Match Game by printing this onto t-shirt transfers. I created a mirror-image file. Just iron these onto white felt sheets and cut out to create a match game to use during storytime. Frog on a Log Cards for Tshirt Printing.

Frog on a Log Tshirt Printing

For more flannel ideas check out Flannel Friday. Click on Miss Mary Liberry’s blog, she’ll be hosting this week!

Pig in a Wig Flannel

Pig in a Wig (2)I made a felt story to accompany a new beginning reader book and the kids love it! If you don’t know this story, you must acquire a copy. It’s Mo Willems-esque, teaches rhyming and is a hoot! Here is the Pig in a Wig, with a Frog and a Dog and a Goat on a Log, with a Skunk on a Trunk, and a Rat in a Hat, with a Mouse in a House and a Panda in a Blouse in all its glory…

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For more flannel ideas check out Flannel Friday. Click on Miss Mary Liberry’s blog, she’ll be hosting this week!

Felt Board Table: Fairy Tale Edition

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After a summer of superheroes, I decided to balance out the room a bit with princesses. I wrote about stealing this beautiful princesses from What Bridget is Reading last year. I incorporated them into my felt table, along with a few surprises:

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For more felt table ideas, check out my link here.

For more storytime ideas, check out Mel’s Desk. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

Felt Board Table: Cars & Community

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I’ve spruced up my felt table for the spring and did a car and community theme. (I can’t find my original inspiration, so Rebecca if you post in the comments I’ll update my link!)

I used grey felt and made a black road with white felt paint lines. It came out awesome! Then I found fun ideas on Pinterest and made community buildings, modes of transportation, a car wash, and a gas station (my favorite!)

Felt Table Road and Community

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Road block!


Felt Table Car Wash

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I hot-glued the end of a show lace to make a “gas pump!” My favorite part of this project!


To get more storytime ideas, check out Laura’s Libary Lalaland. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

Flannel Friday 4th Birthday Guest Post: Meet Jessi

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To celebrate Flannel Friday’s 4th anniversary, I am helping guest host for the Guest Post Palooza. So help me welcome Jessi…

Hello!  Super excited to be a guest here on Thrive After Three!  I am Jessi Peterson and I am a children’s librarian in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  We are deep in the heart of America’s Dairyland, so I am going to share about one of my favorite materials for flannel stories –milk filters!

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On a dairy farm, milk filters screen the milk from individual cows before it goes into the bulk tank.  They are made out of a white papery kind of cotton fiber meshed together like plywood. They have a mildly wiry texture, so they hold onto the flannel board easily. You can see through them, so tracing from clipart is easy.  They will take color from colored pencils, markers, crayons, oil pastels, and some types of paint. You can also print clip art on them with the printer – just cut the milk filter to your paper size, print, then add color by hand as desired. If you have access to a die cut machine, they can be run through that easy peasy too.  They come in two sizes, 6 inch and 15 inch circles, and can be found at your local farm supply store.  A box of 100 15 inch filters costs about $15, which should last a looooong time – most of the time I can make several flannel stories out of one filter. I love the versatility of milk filters – they’ve got a little more heft than plain paper, they are easier to cut intricate pieces from than real felt, and you can be as simple or as wild artistically as you want.  If you have a magnet board rather than a flannel board, slap a piece of magnetic tape on the back and off you go.  Occasionally I augment the stickiness of the milk filter with a tiny piece or two of Velcro hook if a really big piece doesn’t want to stick, but most of the time the natural nubbiness of the filter is enough the stick nicely.

Guest Post The Cattails Grew All Around

One of my favorites that I have done with milk filters is this version of  the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around” inspired by an art print I found on one of my favorite Etsy stores, Bee Things. We start off with the pond, complete with cattails and lily pads, and sing

Just down the road (clap clap clap clap)

There was a bog (clap clap clap clap)

The wettest bog (clap clap clap clap)

That you ever did see (clap clap clap clap)

AAAND the cattails grew all around, all around, the cattails grew all around.

Then we progressively add the brownest log, the pinkest/fattest hog, longest/shortest dog, and the greenest frog to the mix.  It’s a great song for rhyming, colors, opposites, and a few words that are off the beaten path, like bog and hog.  The vibrant matte colors of this flannel come from oil pastels which get in all the nooks and crannies of the milk filter.

Guest Post Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout

Another favorite is based on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins.  I love the wild, folk art style illustrations and the fact that the old lady doesn’t die at the end, but our copy was on its last legs, so I thought I’d better flannelize it before it was too late!  I made a giant size old lady out of construction paper and laminated her, then attached a full milk filter with brads to form her stomach.  She swallows in turn a trout, a salmon, an otter, a seal, a porpoise, a walrus, a whale and then the entire ocean before getting the hiccups and belching them all back out again.  The animals I drew with water soluble colored pencils, so I was able to paint over the colors and make them look a little watery.

I hope this inspires you to give milk filters a shot.  To see other flannels I have done as well as things that are in my to-be-flannelized inspiration box, check out my Flannel and Felt Ideas board on Pinterest here.  If you make something awesome with milk filters, please share it on Flannel Friday. Thanks again to Lisa for hosting me – now let’s go forth and flannelize!

To check out other Flannel Friday guest posts, visit the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian


This is one of my new favs–it reminds me of Pete the Cat! The story is so versatile to fit a number of themes: getting dressed, farm, animals, tractors, stories in rhyme, stories you can sing! I had to flannelize it! I made a Farmer Brown complete with all the clothes:


And I made a tractor with all the animals in their rhyming clothes:


This should come with a warning! I can’t get this song out of my head! Now you won’t be able to, either:

For more storytime ideas check out Katie’s Story Time Secrets, she’s hosting Flannel Friday this week. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming


This is a new-to-me story, even though it’s about ten years old. I just fell in love with it and so have all of my kids. I had to make a flannel to accompany it, so I could use the story in different ways. I made all the pieces featured in the story. This way we can each get a piece and count along as we sing. I also added animals to the story, some can be found in the picture book and others I added that can be found in our own backyards. The children gave me this idea after reading it to one particular class.


If you don’t know this one, I made a video!

For more storytime ideas, check out Storytime Katie’s blog. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

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