Flannel Friday — 5 Little Rockets from Storytime Katie

What do you get when you add late night audiobook listening with a Summer Reading Club theme of Up, Up and Away, plus big-time inspiration from Storytime Katie?  I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure that’s the formula for a new set of felt rockets!

Original / inspirational version by Storytime Katie

Original / inspirational version by Storytime Katie

My version of 5 Little Rockets

My version of 5 Little Rockets

Storytime Katie’s original/inspirational 4 Little Rockets have been pinned to my to-do Pinterest board for ages.  I’m headed out on my first Summer Reading Club outreach visit of the year on Monday and needed something for the flannel/felt board for the younger kids, just in case.  Maybe this will become an out of this world version of Little Mouse, Little Mouse?  Still deciding.

Mine definitely aren’t as perfect as Storytime Katie’s.  She’s a hard act to follow! Just look at the funny shape of the yellow one I made, for example.  What’s going on there? Isn’t that one looking a little more streamlined/aerodynamic than the others? Also, I don’t know how other crafters do it, but I find circles one of the harder items to cut out of felt.  Luckily, I have a number of the fuzzy sides of velcro dots hanging around — the hook side of the dots are on the back of some laminated clip art — and they became the perfectly circular white portholes.  I used the double felt technique that Judy Sierra describes in her books, so all of these are backed on black felt for sturdiness.

All in all, pretty happy with how they turned out.  Thank you, Storytime Katie, for the inspiration!

It’s Easy Being Green! Family Storytime

Wide-Mouthed Frog A Pop-Up Book by Faulkner   Odd Egg by Gravett   The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band        

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together
With signs for more, together, happy, and friends.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam, [slap hands on knees to the beat]
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Introduction to Theme — Green Puppets
I had a couple frog puppets, and a green octopus finger puppet in a picnic basket and took each one out in turn asking, “What kind of animal is this?” Then, I asked the kids what they all had in common. With the help of the parents, we determined they were all green = yay!

Book — The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
I taught the kids the song “I am a great big wide-mouthed frog, wide-mouthed frog, wide-mouthed frog, I am a great big wide-mouthed frog, and I like to eat bugs!” and got them to sing along every time Frog met one of the other animals.  I think that song came from one of Rob Reid’s books.

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