Truck Matching, Flannel Friday

This truck matching game was originally created for a coworker but I used it recently for my earthmover storytime. The elements are all created with my library’s die cut sets. The trucks were backed with black felt to be sturdier.

Once more, this flannel was a quick piece created with die cut elements. I think that this flannel is pretty easy to understand. There are six colored people. There are six colored trucks. The goal is to match the person to the truck.

If you want, you can sing a little song as you get ready to match your felt elements. I’ve seen several versions of this song across the internet. But I made this one up to be super-simple and allow me to interchange all of the different trucks.

My Favorite Truck (Sung to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”)

My favorite truck is a ______________.
That’s the only one it could be.
My favorite truck is a ______________.
So point the right truck out to me.

Sing your verse and then have the children call out when you point to the appropriate vehicle.

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Thanks to Linda at http://meusenotes.blogspot.com/ for hosting this week’s Flannel Friday!

Matching Mushrooms, Flannel Friday

This is a set of flannel mushrooms that I created recently, for use as a game at the end of my DIRT storytime. There are thirty mushrooms total (fifteen pairs) which are all identically blank on one side and matching flannel shapes on the reverse. The mushroom shape is one that I created. The smaller shapes glued to the mushrooms were created either by cutting freehand using templates that I created, or were cut on various Ellison dies.

In storytime, half of the mushrooms can be given out to the children who then must come up to the flannel board when their shape is uncovered. Alternately, all the mushrooms could be given out and you could call out the shape on the mushroom or the color.

These mushrooms can be used by individuals or small groups to play “memory” type games wherein the blank mushrooms are flipped two at a time until matching shapes/colors are identified.

For younger children, reduce the total number of mushrooms available. Lay out one half of the pairs face up on the flannel board. Have the child choose a mushroom from the stack remaining and find the match on the flannel board.

These mushrooms can also be used in conjunction with my counting windows (1-6) as the mushrooms show various numbers of matching felt shapes.

Or for a color matching game, lay out larger pieces of matching colored flannel pieces to have the children find the match to the color of their shape.

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Thanks to Amy at catchthepossibilities.com for hosting this week’s Flannel Friday!

Counting Windows, Flannel Friday

These felt counting windows were developed when I got tired of writing and spelling numbers on all of my counting rhyme animals. They are each approximately 11” x 5” with the windows about 5” x 5” which is large enough for most felt creatures. Download the template here!

I have been pleasantly surprised with the versatility of these windows. I am able to use them in my storytime almost every week.

I generally create very simple silhouette felt animals for my counting rhymes and use the windows as we recite the rhyme.

I also have the option of writing the numbers on the counting rhyme animals if I wish (meaning that the animals and windows can have a second life as a matching game).

These counting windows are especially great for flannel stories like the one I developed for Over in the Jungle by Marianne Berkes. This flannel was created by scanning pictures from the book and printing them onto filter paper. I then touched up the image with colored pencils to make it brighter. As I read the story, I put the mother animals on the appropriate number window. In a smaller storytime, I would also have the option of giving the pieces to the children in the storytime and allowing them to place the mother animal on the board as I read/sang.

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Thanks to Meg at missmegsstorytime.com for hosting this week’s Flannel Friday!

Turtles (10), Flannel Friday

These turtles were used in my turtle storytime. To learn about how I used them, check out my turtle storytime post.

This turtle flannel was very easy to construct. It was so easy that I gave it to a volunteer to cut and still ended up with an end product that I loved.

It did require the use of an Ellison die cut. To make the shell of the turtle, I had my volunteer use the 4” oval die.

To make the head and feet, I instructed her to use the coins section of a US money die in a contrasting color of felt. The only other thing to be cut was a teeny tiny turtle tail (freehand).

Glue the largest coin into position for the head of the turtle, the rest of the coins are the feet (glue the tail in the appropriate position for the tail.)

To finish my turtles, I also added felt numbers 1-10 and embellished with glitter. My counting pips on the turtles were created by dipping a circular object in glue and then stamping onto the felt (I think I used pencils and markers). Fine glue lines were created with the use of a mylar cone.

I learned to make mylar cones to work with henna. A mylar cone is used similarly to a pastry bag. It helps give a really fine line and lets you press the glue into your felt to prevent the glue from beading up on top of your felt. See how to create a mylar cone here.