· Wash faces – we used the wash cloths that came with our multiple copies of Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Bath for baby story time.
Thanks to the Flannel Friday Round Up, our library's collection of felt board stories has been growing for a couple years. They are a wonderful addition to storytime, but it seemed a little boring to leave them in files the rest of the year.
We happened to have some foam core posters just waiting to be repurposed. After measuring the space, I trimmed a piece to fit, and used instructions similar to those at Time for Play. It is nicely mounted to the bookshelf with Command strips. Now our library's felt pieces can be used by children on a regular basis.
Each set is likely to sit out for play from one to two weeks at a time. For the first two months, the set was left out just like that. Then it struck me that this could be even better. I added a pocket for index cards. Now, each set can have a card printed up with the rhyme that matches. Each family that plays is welcome to take home the card as a reminder of their library visit. Another bonus is that our staff can count the cards left when we swap sets to tally this as a passive program.
By the way, I just love our hand painted signs, don't you?
I am spending part of my lunch next to two newly cut flannel sets. Soon we will have a momma bunny and her five babies, and three billy goats. The best part is that I have a high school page on spring break right now who has been doing all of the magnificent puff painting for me.