It’s Friday! And that means that it’s time for one of my favorite parts of the week…Flannel Friday! As you may be able to tell from all the exclamation points so far, the more I participate in this wonderful group, the more excited I get about sharing my flannel creations. And, I love that I keep getting inspiration from other people to create even more spectacular flannel boards. If only the question of where to store them all was solved so easily…
This week in story time, we continued our back to school themes. Last week, we did colors with an existing flannel board crayon set that my library already had on hand. This week, we worked on numbers and counting. Pete the Cat has been appearing each week in story time as we work on our concepts, and this week, he helped us count with the classic Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. The great part was actually being able to talk about what Pete has done so far in story time and remembering the different things we’ve talked about.
What You’ll Need
Since I’ve seen so many other adorable flannel versions of Pete, I wanted to make my own. Here’s the finished product:
I used this pattern from Kiz Club to create Pete. My biggest concern was making sure that he was accurate to the book, so I made sure before making the buttons that they are actually the four colors of the buttons that Pete has in the story. Instead of making felt numbers, I used my previously mentioned magnetic numbers while we were counting Pete’s remaining buttons.
I tell the story exactly as it appears in the book. Each button has a tiny piece of Velcro on the back to help it stay in place and keep Pete’s shirt on.
Of course, when we get to the end of the story, we’ve removed all of Pete’s buttons, opened up his shirt, and found his belly button!
Tips for Use
For my toddler group, I told an abbreviated version of Pete the Cat without using the book and adapted it as needed to fit their attention span. For my preschool group, I read the story at the same time, and my helpers removed a button from Pete’s shirt each time one popped off in the story. My favorite part was that by the end, my group was helping with the “Pop!” for each button, and singing Pete’s song, too.
Can’t Get Enough?
This week, Mollie at What Happens in Storytime. For more information about Flannel Friday, visit the website here, or join the Flannel Friday Facebook group, or check out the Flannel Friday boards on Pinterest. As always, thanks to everyone for sharing their inspiration and making my story times better!