Nursery Rhymes

Last year during my story times I used a simple finger play for Little Miss Muffet quite often, probably at least a couple times a month. I had started the year off thinking that the material I presented always needed to be brand new to the group, but Miss Muffet taught me how well little ones respond to repetition. The three year-old class loved having their Miss Muffet hand flee in terror from their spider hand each and every time.

I thought that it would be fun to rotate through six nursery rhymes this coming year, and I am collecting books and making flannel sets to do so. I plan on making a cube that we can roll to choose the rhymes we say.

Little Miss Muffet  will be one, and Hey Diddle Diddle will be another. It’s always been one of my favorites rhymes._MG_5078

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

I enjoyed making this set. My nine year-old hung out with me while I put it together and helped by cutting and gluing the dish’s and spoon’s decorations. I sewed on small black beads for the cat’s eyes.

And here’s the third, with a set I made for One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.


Thanks for reading! I’d love to know what have been the favorite rhymes at your story times to help me choose the other three.

For more ideas check out the Flannel Friday website, their Pinterest board, and the Facebook group. This week’s roundup is hosted by Bridget at What is Bridget Reading?


Bugs in a Rug


I saw this idea on Mel’s Desk, who happens to be hosting this week’s Flannel Friday Round-Up. The bugs can be counted, named, and identified. Then, as the children shut their eyes, a bug can be tucked behind the rug. When the children open their eyes they try to name the bug who is hiding under the rug.

Since I teach at an elementary school I have been making flannel sets this summer without the opportunity to test them (except to my own nine year old, who can gleefully play the role of a whole group of enthusiastic preschoolers.) Once school starts up again I’ll be able to report how it went with the kids.

With a couple edits (“ladybug” instead of “black bug” and “black fly” instead of “green fly.”) I am planning to try this poem with these bugs as well.

Little Black Bug

Little black bug,
Little black bug
Where have you been?
I’ve been under the rug,
Said little black bug.

Little green fly,
Little green fly,
Where have you been?
I’ve been way up high,
Said little green fly.

Little old mouse,
Little old mouse,
Where have you been?
I’ve been all through the house
Said little old mouse.
–Margaret Wise Brown

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Flannel Friday: except if

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I am an elementary school teacher. I work four days a week, including, new to me this past September, planning and leading five story times every Friday for students ages 3-7.

I have gained so many ideas online this year, especially from the sites and members of Storytime Underground and Flannel Friday. I have always loved children’s books and reading to kids and this year I have added puppets and flannel board stories to the mix with happy results. This is my first time participating in Flannel Friday.

I came across the book except if by Jim Averbeck at a public library. The book starts with an the words, spanning several pages and accompanied by lovely, slight of hand illustrations, “An egg is not a baby bird but it will become one, except if it becomes a baby snake.” The story continues with this structure, repeating “except if” several times as it twists creatively though different possibilities, in the end circling back to another egg.

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To create flannel pieces for this story I used photocopies of the book’s pages as templates. I added black to the back of the snake so I could hide the lizard behind it. I wish I had made the dinosaur a little bigger, I’ll just have to remember to use a bigger voice when it’s his turn on the board. To make the fossil I sketched the dinosaur using a marker on felt.

For more ideas check out the Flannel Friday website, their Pinterest board, and the Facebook group. This week’s roundup is at What Happens in Storytime.