I'm super excited to be able to participate in my first Flannel Friday! As I've been busily prepping for my outreach storytimes for the fall, I've been pushing myself to strengthen my storytelling skills. Last year, I was thrown in without any real preparation or training, and I was horrified. Looking at a room of 40 4-year-olds terrified me, and I was worried my singing would break the windows.
But by the end of the school year, I was so comfortable I was able to do a lot of my storytimes on a whim. And now, I know I can improve by singing more, offering more interactive stories, and by creating flannel stories.
Here are two I plan on using in my first two story times this fall.
Five Little Owls
I got this idea from one of the other participants in Flannel Friday. I made up six owls in the event one goes missing or gets destroyed -- my Little Mouse game last year suffered from a broken tail because my kids loved giving him hugs every time he came with me. I'm using 5 Little Owls with my farm themed story time.
I'm doing a robot themed story time, and I thought it would be fun to have the kids each get a piece of felt and build a robot on the flannel board. This is what mine looked like, but I know it'll look different when the kids make the bot themselves, and that's the fun of this one. All of the pieces are so interchangeable that I'm eager to see what they create.