Flannel Friday — I’m the Biggest Thing In The Ocean

One of the first felt stories I made was I’m the Biggest Thing in The Ocean by Kevin Sherry.  It’s a pretty fun story and translates well onto the flannel board.  I used this one in my Same & Different / Opposites Family Storytime a while back and am sure to us it again.

I'm the Biggest Thing In the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

I used the template from Kidz Club. This site is a treasure trove of felt stories!  If you haven’t checked them out for some reason, I recommend you do so.  New templates are added semi-regularly so it’s always worth giving them another look from time to time.

I spent a while matching up the colours from the template with the illustrations in the book.   Was this necessary? Probably not but it seemed very important at the time. I had lots of fun adding details, like the turtle shells and the sparkly felt for the jellyfish, which unfortunately doesn't show that well in the photos.

I spent a while matching up the colours to the illustrations in the book. Was this necessary? Probably not but it seemed very important at the time.

 All the characters are backed on black felt except for the mondo-huge-o version of the whale that I made.

All the characters are backed on black felt except for the mondo-huge-o version of the whale that I made.

The giant sized whale allowed me to fit all the characters onto the whale to indicate that they had been swallowed.  Again, this seemed very important at the time. Yes, these are the things that keep me up at night!

The giant sized whale allowed me to fit all the characters onto the whale to indicate that they had been swallowed. Again, this seemed very important at the time. Yes, these are the things that keep me up at night!

One day, I would like to make a puppet and shadow puppet version like this awesome video from Salt Lake Public Library.  You know, once I figure out how to manipulate the squid puppet and all the shadow puppets at the same time since our storytimes are typically a one-person show…

This week’s Flannel Friday Round-up goodness can be found over on Libraryland.  Check it out!

Flannel Friday — Mouse’s Halloween House

Here’s one of the felt stories that I made last year for one of our Halloween programs. The story comes from Judy’s Sierra’s Mother Goose Playhouse.  I saw many versions of this on the internet, including  So Tomorrow, Jen in the Library, and Busy Crafting Mommy, to name a few. These examples provided the inspiration to try my hand at this sweet and simple little story. I substituted a mouse finger puppet from Folkmanis when I told the story, mainly because I thought she was so darn cute!

Little field mouse found a big orange house

Mother Mouse found a big orange house. Lucky her!

Well, that orange house had the perfect brown chimney and a nice little bit of green on the roof!

Well, that orange house had the perfect brown chimney and a nice little bit of green on the roof.  Mouse must have had an excellent real estate agent to find a gem like this.

Mouse nibbled a door so her children could come inside the house

Mouse nibbled a door so her children could come inside the house.

Then Mouse nibbled two windows

Then Mouse nibbled two windows so her children could see outside.

Then Mouse nibbled a wide hole at the bottom

Then Mouse nibbled a wide hole at the bottom so her children could run in and out.

Then she lit it all up with a candle.

Then Mouse turned on the lights, lighting her house up.

 

Well, now.  What a nice little house for Mouse and her children.  Hey, isn’t that house a jack-o-lantern?  Why, yes, yes it is!  When I told this in storytime, one of the boys in attendence shouted out “Jack-o-Lantern!!” with so much glee that I decided this story was a keeper.

I used Judy Sierra’s double felting method, making these felt pieces extra sturdy. I’m sure I can find some double duty uses for them as Halloween rolls around again this year.

Check out Flannel Friday‘s 2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza Round Up over on Storytime’s ABC!

**UPDATE** — here is the link to the template that I used for the jack o lantern.  I’ve tried to track down its source, but it’s one of those mysterious Pinterest pins that doesn’t list credentials.  Please let me know if you know where this came from and I’ll be sure to give credits!