Storytime Spotlight: GadZOOks! Animals on the Loose

Wanted to share my last day ever with my Saturday storytimers! This group is so very near and dear to my heart. We've been together for almost a year and a half now and it was SO HARD to say goodbye this weekend. I know I'll meet new families and build new relationships when I… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: GadZOOks! Animals on the Loose

Storytime Spotlight: Costumes & Camouflage (Animals in Disguise)

It's that time of year again! Costumes and candy assault the eyes down almost every aisle. (Actually, my local stores already started putting out Christmas items...) Anyways, I don't like to read holiday books in storytime. Storytime Underground has a great post about Checking Holidays at the Door if you're curious why. At the end of the… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Costumes & Camouflage (Animals in Disguise)

Flannel Friday: More Hats

Last year I shared some felt patterns to make a Hat Hiding Game. I'm back today with even MORE hats! Over the past year I've added an astronaut helmet, hard hat, graduation cap, chef hat, party hats, baseball cap, winter hat and a stocking/sleeping cap (that is always confused with a wizard hat... but that's… Continue reading Flannel Friday: More Hats

Storytime Spotlight: Celebration Sounds

Last week I posted about my new party hats flannel, so this week I wanted to share them in storytime action! This was a smaller group than usual (less than 20 kiddos) and, although we had our usual wide range of ages, everyone in the group had been storytiming with me for at least six… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Celebration Sounds

Flannel Friday: Party Hat Hiding Game

Breaking my month-long blogging hiatus with a fun Flannel Friday post today! Last month I gave one of my favorite hat flannels a little makeover by adding a bunch of patterned party hats! I hid farm animal friends underneath. First we explored some math talk opportunities, such as... How are these hats the same? How… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Party Hat Hiding Game

Flannel Friday: I Lost My Sock!

Have you seen I Lost My Sock: A Matching Mystery by P.J. Roberts? I fell in love with this book as soon as I read it, BUT it's a bit small for storytime.... which means it's a perfect candidate for flannel! The illustrations are full of basic shapes so it also wasn't hard to freehand,… Continue reading Flannel Friday: I Lost My Sock!

Flannel Friday: Hat Hiding Games

UPDATE: This flannel recently got a makeover! Check out the latest version with even MORE HATS by clicking here. This is a great flannel or prop game for talking with the kids and building their background knowledge! First, we take the hats out and talk about them. What color is this hat? Who wears it?… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Hat Hiding Games