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Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – Flannel Board

Time to put up a new interactive flannel board! I have come across a lot of Christmas Tree flannel boards on pinterest, like this one, and have been thinking about making one. After much consideration (a whole 5 minutes) I decided I’d rather make something seasonal and non-Holiday related that I can leave up for longer, that’s when I decided to make a mix and match snowman flannel board.

 

So…. Do you want to build a snowman?

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Check out these fashionable snowmen (or snowwomen if you’d prefer)!

 

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  • A winter hat, twig hair and earmuffs are the perfect accessories to keep our snowmen warm.
  • An assortment of buttons to match every outfit.
  • Three sets of boots  – fancy, plain and casual snow slippers.
  • Of course, we couldn’t forget snowmen neck wear, there are scarves and even a necktie.
  • And last but not least, mittens to keep those twig hands nice and toasty.

 

This flannel board has been a hit in the Children’s Department and I am constantly wanting to make more accessories for it! I did end up drawing the faces onto the snowmen because little coal smiles and eyes kept going missing. It took a while to create all of the pieces but luckily it is a fun task for me (who doesn’t like to be paid to make crafts!). To create the pieces I looked at clipart images and drew them by hand onto a piece of felt.

Don’t you want to go build a snowman now?!?

 

 

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Song Cube

I’m sure by now you have all seen a song cube (Mel’s Desk and Storytime Katie have great examples); well I have gone ahead and made my own! This is something I have wanted to make for a while now but just haven’t had the time/materials. Come October I am starting a whole new set of programs (be on the look out for them!) and decided there is no time like the present.

So without further ado, here is my song cube…

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Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Contact paper
  • Box
  • Pictures that represent a song

While I have seen other blogs use tissue boxes I wanted to make sure I had a perfect square. I scrounged the library’s basement (which is filled with boxes) and could not find a perfect square. Next, I turned to the man with all the answers…my dad!! Low and behold my father of course had the perfect size box for me, I don’t think he’s seen me that excited about a box since I was a kid! (THANKS DAD)

 

First I trimmed each picture down to the size of the box (8 inches), then I cut a piece of contact paper that was roughly 1 inch bigger on each side.

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Then it was time to stick the picture to the contact paper and then the box. I have to say putting the picture onto the contact paper was the hardest part, I hate when there are bubbles but it was inevitable that there would be a few. I really wanted to make sure that the contact paper overlapped every side of the box to help make it sturdier.

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And continue until all the sides are covered!!

Here is my final product…

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The perfectionist in me is not happy about some of the bubbles in the contact paper but the librarian in me is thrilled because I know how much the children are going to love using it in storytime. I can’t wait until October is here to bring out my new prop!

Songs:

  • Boat- row, row, row your boat
  • Spider- itsy bitsy spider
  • Boy with hands on head – head, shoulders, knees and toes
  • Alphabet blocks – alphabet song
  • Hands clapping – if you’re happy and you know it
  • School bus – the wheels on the bus

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10 Valentine’s Day Picture Books

It’s that time of the year….

The time where you can’t walk into a store without seeing hearts, flowers and chocolate. In honor of Valentine’s Day I’ve compiled some of my favorite Valentine’s picture books, these would work great in a story time or as a gift for a special child in  your life!

Ps- if anyone would like to buy me a present I love dark chocolate!

             

             

         

  1. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews
  2. A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
  3.   The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
  4.   The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting
  5.   Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat
  6.   Queen of Hearts by Mary Engelbreit
  7.   Snowy Valentine by David Petersen
  8.   If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
  9.   Love, Splat by Rob Scotten
  10. Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

What are some of your favorites?

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