It’s Friday, which means it’s time for a long overdue Flannel Friday entry. My goal is to eventually share all of the flannel stories that I’ve created, so with that in mind, I’m starting at the beginning of my flannel arsenal, alphabetically speaking. Interestingly enough, I’ve yet to create a flannel that starts with “A.”
What You Need
The pieces for this set are pretty simple: a square, a triangle, a rectangle, a circle, a star, and a crescent. I created all of the pieces from simple clipart shapes that matched what I needed, sized to fit on top of each other like a house. The most important thing is matching up the colors, because the rhyme relies on naming the shapes and colors while you build the house.
This rhyme was taught to be by one of my fabulous coworkers, Lara Barrett, at another branch of our library. It goes like this:
I live inside a blue square house
With a green rectangle door.
It has a red triangle roof,
But look outside – there’s more!
In the morning when I wake up
The sun is in the sky:
A bright and shining orange circle
Way up high.
And when it’s time to go to bed
There’s a single yellow star
Beside a big white crescent moon
Looking down from so, so far.
Shapes and colors, come with me.
Let’s count how many we can see!
Credit: Lara Barrett, W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library (Plano Public Library)
Tips for Use
I start by putting up the different shapes all over the board, in no particular order, while we name the colors and the shapes. Then we sing the song and put the house in the correct order. At the end, we count the shapes together as we take them back off the board again. We’ve also used this as a transition in our sensory story times. For those groups, we hand out shapes to each of the children who want to participate, and they get to bring them up as we get to the their shape in the song. The house doesn’t always look like a house, but it’s a great way to get everyone involved!
Can’t Get Enough?
This week, our host is Kate McBright at Felt Board Magic. For more information about Flannel Friday, visit the website here, join the Flannel Friday Facebook group, or check out the Flannel Friday boards on Pinterest. Happy Friday, everyone!