Tickle the Clouds

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Stone Soup Flannelboard

Well, the weather here in North Carolina is not cooperating with my storytime themes!  We had snow on Sunday, and it has been in the 60s and 70s the rest of the week.  Having planned on colder weather, our theme this week was soup.

What other flannelboard can you do with a soup storytime than Stone Soup?

There are tons of versions of this story.  In the version I used, 3 strangers were traveling and hadn’t eaten in several days.  The villagers saw them coming and hid all their food.  The men stopped at the village to ask for food and were turned down at three houses.  So, they set up their soup pot in the middle of the village square.

The villagers were curious and came outside to see what the men were doing.  Why, making stone soup, of course!  The men filled the pot with water and lit a fire under the pot until the water was boiling.  Time to add the stone!

Of course, any stone soup requires salt and pepper.

Oh, if we only had carrots!  The soup would be so much better.

A good stone soup should have onions, but it’s no good asking for what you don’t have.

If only we had a few potatoes and a ham bone.  Why, this soup would be good enough for a rich man’s table!

Ah, if only we had some herbs and milk, this soup would be fit for a king!

At last the soup was ready.  The villagers brought out tables, chairs, tablecloths, bowls, and spoons.  They brought cider and bread as well.  There was just enough food for everyone in the town, and they had never tasted such delicious soup.

The villagers danced and sang well into the night, then invited the men into their houses to spend the night.  The next morning, the whole village gathered in the square to see the men off.  The villagers always remembered the night the three strangers showed them how to make stone soup.

This week’s Flannel Friday roundup is hosted by Busy Crafting Mommy.   A list of past and future roundups can be found at So Tomorrow.  Look for Flannel Friday on Pinterest and join the Flannel Friday Facebook group.

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Grandmother’s Aprons Flannelboard

This week for storytime we did a Blanket theme.  This story has been in my files for quite a while, so I’m unsure of the original source.  This flannel story was very easy to make, but the story is kind of long and went over better with my preschoolers than my toddlers, althrough my toddlers did like shouting out colors to help me tell the story.  Without any further ado…

Grandmother’s Aprons: A Quilt Story

Long ago, when John was a little boy, he went to visit his grandparents who lived on a farm in the country.  Grandmother always wore aprons.  Most of them were WHITE, but some of them were brightly colored.

One rainy day, John was upset because it was raining and he couldn’t go outside.  Grandmother made a playhouse inside using chairs with their backs apart and then she placed her BLUE APRON WITH YELLOW DOTS over the top of the chairs.  John had lots of suns that day!

The next day John went with Grandmother to collect eggs.  John and Grandmother put the eggs in Grandmother’s white apron.  One broke and made yellow spots on the apron, so Grandmother dyed the apron YELLOW.

On a walk one day with Grandmother and Grandfather, John spotted a patch of ripe wild strawberries.  Since they had nothing to put them in, they used Grandmother’s white apron.  But when they got home, some of the strawberries had stained Grandmother’s white apron, so she dyed it PINK.

One sunday, they went on a picnic but forgot to bring anything to sit on.  Grandmother gave John her white apron to sit on and when John picked up the apron it was covered in grass stains.  So Grandmother dyed that apron GREEN.

On the 4th of July, they all went to town to see the parade.  John saw people waving flags, so Grandmother took off her special RED, WHITE, AND BLUE apron and let John wave it.  It was the biggest flag there!

Every Saturday, Grandfather shined his shoes.  He asked John to bring him a cloth to shine them with.  John thought he was in Grandmother’s rag drawer.  But when he was finished shining the shoes, he discovered it was one of Grandmother’s white aprons instead.  So Grandmother dyed it BROWN.

One day when John was running barefoot, he cut his foot.  Grandmother took off her white apron and wrapped it around John’s foot and carried him into the house.  John was just fine after Grandmother washed and bandaged the cut, but the white apron had red splotches all over it.  So Grandmother dyed it RED.

When the evenings began to have a chill to them, it was time to pick huckleberries.  John ate as many as he picked and soon his hands were very sticky.  Grandmother told John to wipe his hands on her apron.  Soon there were purple stains all over the apron, so Grandmother dyed it a beautiful PURPLE.

Halloween was coming, and Grandmother wore a special BLACK AND ORANGE apron while John carved pumpkins with her.

They even painted part of the fence orange just so they would always remember Halloween.  Some of the paint dripped on Grandmother’s apron, so she dyed it ORANGE.

All too soon it was time to go home.  They headed for John’s house in a horse and buggy.  It was a long ride and when evening came, John grew sleepy and chilly.  Grandmother took off her beautiful BLUE going-to-town apron and put it around John.

Now, when John grew up he had children and then grandchildren of his own.  He loved to tell stories to his grandchildren.  He would tuck them into bed under a quilt, and then he would point to the colorful patches on the quilt, one by one, and tell the children stories that happened long ago, when the squares had been pieces of his grandmother’s aprons.

This week’s Flannel Friday roundup is hosted by Katie.

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5 Little Nails flannelboard

Welcome to Flannel Friday! 

Today’s contribution comes from my files for a Tool storytime.

5 Little Nails

5 little nails
Standing straight and steady
Here comes the carpenter
With a hammer ready!
Bam! Bam! Bam!

Count down to one nail.  After each verse, I usually ask the kids how many nails are left.

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10 Warm Mittens Flannelboard

My Flannel Friday contribution this week goes with the Mitten storytime I did this week.  While wearing short sleeves because it’s been almost 70 degrees in NC.  Ahem.

On we go!

As always, I start by putting up all the pieces and having the kids help me count the mittens.

I know the picture looks like only 9 mittens, but I promise there is a red mitten to the left of the orange mitten, it just blends in with the red background.

At the end of each couplet, I pause to let the kids tell me how many mittens are left.

Ten warm mittens  from http://stepbystepcc.com/mittens.html



Ten warm mittens, hanging on the line,
One blows away and then there are nine.

Nine warm mittens, one without a mate,
A squirrel carries one away and that leaves eight.

Eight warm mittens, just eight not eleven,
One gets buried in the snow and that leaves seven.

Seven warm mittens, which one do you pick?
I’ll pick the red one and that leaves six.

Six warm mittens, put one on to try.
Then you take it from the line and that leaves five.

Five warm mittens, we had ten before!
A fluffy bunny needs one and that leaves four!

Four warm mittens, two for you and two for me
I lost one on the ski slope and that leaves three.

Three warm mittens, looking very new,
One falls into the mud and that leaves two.

Two warm mittens, drying in the sun,
A bird comes down and snatches it and that leaves one.

One warm mitten, what good is one?
A little mouse can have a bed, and that leaves none!

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Mittens (Preschool)

Book:  “The Missing Mitten Mystery” by Stephen Kellogg 

Flannelboard:  10 Warm Mittens from http://stepbystepcc.com/mittens.html
10 warm mittens, hanging on the line
1 blows away, and then there are nine
9 warm mittens, one without a mate
A squirrel carries one away, and that leaves eight.
8 warm mittens, just eight and not eleven
One gets buried in the snow, and that leaves seven.
7 warm mittens, which one do you pick?
I’ll pick the red one, and that leaves six.
6 warm mittens, put one on to try.
Then you take it from the line and that leaves five.
5 warm mittens, we had 10 before!
A fluffy bunny needs one and that leaves four.
4 warm mittens, 2 for you and 2 for me
I lost one on the ski slope and that leaves three.
3 warm mittens, looking very new
One falls into the mud and that leaves two.
2 warm mittens, drying in the sun.
A bird comes down and snatches it, and that leaves one.
1 warm mitten, what good is one?
A little mouse can have a bed and that leaves none.

Fingerplay:  Mitten by Lucia Kemp Henry from http://mrsjonesroom.com/books/mitten.html 
Here is a mitten                         (hold up one hand)
A snug fuzzy one                       (rub palms together)
With a place for my fingers        (wiggle 4 fingers)
And a place for my thumb          (wiggle thumb)

Here are two mittens                  (hold up 2 hands)
A colorful sight                           (move hands back and forth)
One for the left hand                  (hold up left hand)
And one for the right                  (hold up right hand)

Here are our mittens                   (hold up 2 hands)
As soft as can be                        (stroke back of one hand)
A warm pair for you                    (point to neighbor)
And a warm pair for me              (point to self)

Book: “One Mitten” by Kristine O’Connell George

 Flannelboard:  Colorful Mittens (to the tune of Six Little Ducks) adapted by Mrs. Jones from http://mrsjonesroom.com/books/mitten.html
Colorful mittens for me and you
red one, yellow ones, blue ones too
but the one pair of mittens that rhymes with fellow
They’re my favorite mittens, they’re the color yellow

bed/red
bean/green
sink/pink
shoe/blue
crown/brown
tack/black

Action Song:  Winter Pokey (to the tune of The Hokey Pokey) from http://wiki.kcls.org/tellmeastory/index.php/Winter_Pokey
You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out
You put your right mitten in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey and you turn yourself around
that’s what it’s all about.

Left mitten
Right boot
Left boot
Warm cap
Snowsuit 

Book:  “The Mitten” by Jan Brett

Closing Rhyme:  Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the ground
Tickle your nose
And turn around
Reach down low
Reach way up high
Storytime’s over
Wave bye-bye!

Craft:  Mittens with snow paint

We glued colored mitten shapes onto black paper.  The snow paint was an even mixture of shaving cream and white glue, which was painted onto the mittens as paper for “snow.”

 

Additional Activities: 

Let’s Go Out! From http://www.sclibrary.ab.ca/kids/early/themes/winter.htm
Let’s put on our mittens and zip up our coats.
Wrap a scarf snugly around our throats.
Pull on our boots – fasten the straps.
Then pull on tightly our warm winter hats.
Open the door and out we go…
Into the soft and feathery snow.

Warm Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
I wiggle my left hand,
I wiggle my right,
inside of my mittens,
so warm and so tight.

I wiggle my pinkie.
I wiggle my thumb,
so when I make snowballs,
my hands don’t get numb.

 Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
Mittens are warm,
Mittens are grand,
Mittens are like shoes for my hands.

Red Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
Is there anything nicer
Than red woolly mittens
As fluffy and soft
As a blanket of kittens?
Red mittens to keep
My hands warm as toast
On cold winter days
When I skate or coast.

Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
Stripes or dots or sparkling white,
Mittens in winter fit just right.
Wool and cotton, maybe leather-
Mittens warm us in cold weather.
In rainbow colors and darkest black,
Mittens fit in a pocket or in your pack.
Thumbs alone, fingers together,
We love mittens in cold, cold weather.

The Mitten: for Jan Brett’s The Mitten from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

The mitten on the ground.
The mitten on the ground.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The mitten on the ground.
The (mole) snuggles in.
The (mole) snuggles in.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.)

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Mittens (Toddler)

Book:  “One Little Lamb” by Elaine Greenstein

Flannelboard:  10 Warm Mittens from http://stepbystepcc.com/mittens.html
10 warm mittens, hanging on the line
1 blows away, and then there are nine
9 warm mittens, one without a mate
A squirrel carries one away, and that leaves eight.
8 warm mittens, just eight and not eleven
One gets buried in the snow, and that leaves seven.
7 warm mittens, which one do you pick?
I’ll pick the red one, and that leaves six.
6 warm mittens, put one on to try.
Then you take it from the line and that leaves five.
5 warm mittens, we had 10 before!
A fluffy bunny needs one and that leaves four.
4 warm mittens, 2 for you and 2 for me
I lost one on the ski slope and that leaves three.
3 warm mittens, looking very new
One falls into the mud and that leaves two.
2 warm mittens, drying in the sun.
A bird comes down and snatches it, and that leaves one.
1 warm mitten, what good is one?
A little mouse can have a bed and that leaves none.

Fingerplay:  Mitten by Lucia Kemp Henry from http://mrsjonesroom.com/books/mitten.html 
Here is a mitten                         (hold up one hand)
A snug fuzzy one                       (rub palms together)
With a place for my fingers        (wiggle 4 fingers)
And a place for my thumb          (wiggle thumb)

Here are two mittens                  (hold up 2 hands)
A colorful sight                           (move hands back and forth)
One for the left hand                  (hold up left hand)
And one for the right                  (hold up right hand)

Here are our mittens                   (hold up 2 hands)
As soft as can be                        (stroke back of one hand)
A warm pair for you                    (point to neighbor)
And a warm pair for me              (point to self)

Book: “The Three Little Kittens” by Paul Galdone

Flannelboard:  Colorful Mittens (to the tune of Six Little Ducks) adapted by Mrs. Jones from http://mrsjonesroom.com/books/mitten.html
Colorful mittens for me and you
red one, yellow ones, blue ones too
but the one pair of mittens that rhymes with fellow
They’re my favorite mittens, they’re the color yellow

bed/red
bean/green
sink/pink
shoe/blue
crown/brown
tack/black

Action Song:  Winter Pokey (to the tune of The Hokey Pokey) from http://wiki.kcls.org/tellmeastory/index.php/Winter_Pokey
You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out
You put your right mitten in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey and you turn yourself around
that’s what it’s all about.

Left mitten
Right boot
Left boot
Warm cap
Snowsuit 

Book:  “One Mitten” by Kristine O’Connell George

Closing Rhyme:  Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the ground
Tickle your nose
And turn around
Reach down low
Reach way up high
Storytime’s over
Wave bye-bye!

Craft:  Mittens with snow paint


We glued colored mitten shapes onto black paper.  The snow paint was an even mixture of shaving cream and white glue, which was painted onto the mittens as paper for “snow.”

Additional Activities: 

“My Red Mittens” by Candy Crocker

Let’s Go Out! From http://www.sclibrary.ab.ca/kids/early/themes/winter.htm
Let’s put on our mittens and zip up our coats.
Wrap a scarf snugly around our throats.
Pull on our boots – fasten the straps.
Then pull on tightly our warm winter hats.
Open the door and out we go…
Into the soft and feathery snow.

 Warm Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
I wiggle my left hand,
I wiggle my right,
inside of my mittens,
so warm and so tight.

I wiggle my pinkie.
I wiggle my thumb,
so when I make snowballs,
my hands don’t get numb.

 Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
Mittens are warm,
Mittens are grand,
Mittens are like shoes for my hands.

 Red Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
Is there anything nicer
Than red woolly mittens
As fluffy and soft
As a blanket of kittens?
Red mittens to keep
My hands warm as toast
On cold winter days
When I skate or coast.

 Mittens from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
Stripes or dots or sparkling white,
Mittens in winter fit just right.
Wool and cotton, maybe leather-
Mittens warm us in cold weather.
In rainbow colors and darkest black,
Mittens fit in a pocket or in your pack.
Thumbs alone, fingers together,
We love mittens in cold, cold weather.

 The Mitten: for Jan Brett’s The Mitten from http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems33.html
(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

The mitten on the ground.
The mitten on the ground.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The mitten on the ground.
The (mole) snuggles in.
The (mole) snuggles in.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.)

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Five Little Snowmen

Five Little Snowmen
from Storytime Window Storytime Blog

I start out by putting all five snowmen on the board and asking the kids to help me count them: 1-2-3-4-5

Five little snowmen, all in a row             (hold up five fingers)
Each with a hat                                               (pretend to put on hat)
And a big red bow                                         (Pretend to tie bow at neck)
Out came the sun                                           (circle arms over head like the sun)
And it stayed all day
And one little snowman melted away   (remove one snowman)

After each verse, I ask the kids how many snowmen are left and they shout out the answer.

Continue counting down

Four little snowmen

Three little snowmen

Two little snowmen

One little snowman all alone
He had a hat
And a big red bow
Out came the sun
And it stayed all day
And the last little snowman melted away.

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Snowman Storytime (Preschool)

Book:  “All You Need for a Snowman” by Alice Schertle

Flannelboard:  Snowman

Fingerplay:  Chubby Little Snowman from Mrs. Jones Room
A chubby little snowman                (hold hands out to sides for “chubby”)
had a carrot nose                                (point to nose)
along came a bunny                           (hop like a bunny)
and what do you suppose?              (shrug shoulders)
That hungry little bunny                  (rub stomach)
looking for his lunch                          (hands above eyes, as if searching)
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose    (pretend to eat)
crunch crunch crunch

 Book:  “Snowmen at Night” by Carolyn Buehner

 Flannelboard:  5 Little Snowmen

 Action Rhyme:  I am a Snowman from SurLaLune Storytime
I am a snowman, cold and white               
I stand so still all through the night         (stand up tall)
with a carrot nose                                            (point to nose)
and a head held high                                       (hold head high)
And a lump of coal to make each eye      (point to eyes)
I have a scarf made of red                            (pretend to tie scarf)
and a stovepipe hat upon my head           (hands on top of head)
the sun is coming out, oh no!                      (circle over head with both arms
I think it is time for me to go!                   
Yesterday I was so plump and round        (arms out to side like fat snowman)
Now I’m just a puddle on the ground        (melt to the floor)

 Book:  “The First Day of Winter” by Denise Fleming

Action Song:  Dance Around the Snowman (to the tune of Mulberry Bush) from Preschool Education
This is the way we dance around
dance around, dance around
This is the way we dance around
Our snowman in the morning

skip around
twirl around
crawl around
hop around
spin around
gallop around
sneak around
tiptoe around

Closing Rhyme:  Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the clouds
Tickle the ground
Tickle your nose
And turn around
Reach down low
Reach way up high
Storytime’s over
Wave bye-bye

Craft:  Snowman paper craft, source unknown

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Snowman Storytime (Toddler)

Book:  “Snow” by Christine Ford

Flannelboard:  Snowman

Fingerplay:  Chubby Little Snowman from Mrs. Jones Room
A chubby little snowman                (hold hands out to sides for “chubby”)
had a carrot nose                                (point to nose)
along came a bunny                           (hop like a bunny)
and what do you suppose?              (shrug shoulders)
That hungry little bunny                  (rub stomach)
looking for his lunch                          (hands above eyes, as if searching)
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose    (pretend to eat)
crunch crunch crunch

 Book:  “One Snowy Day” by Jeffrey Scherer

 Flannelboard:  5 Little Snowmen

 Action Rhyme:  I am a Snowman from SurLaLune Storytime
I am a snowman, cold and white               
I stand so still all through the night         (stand up tall)
with a carrot nose                                            (point to nose)
and a head held high                                       (hold head high)
And a lump of coal to make each eye      (point to eyes)
I have a scarf made of red                            (pretend to tie scarf)
and a stovepipe hat upon my head           (hands on top of head)
the sun is coming out, oh no!                      (circle over head with both arms
I think it is time for me to go!                   
Yesterday I was so plump and round        (arms out to side like fat snowman)
Now I’m just a puddle on the ground        (melt to the floor)

 Book:  “All You Need for a Snowman” by Alice Schertle

 Closing Rhyme:  Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the clouds
Tickle the ground
Tickle your nose
And turn around
Reach down low
Reach way up high
Storytime’s over
Wave bye-bye

Craft:  Snowman paper craft, source unknown

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Welcome to Tickle the Clouds

Welcome to Tickle the Clouds, a library storytime blog. I’ve been a Youth Services librarian for 8 years, and I’m happy to share my successful (and unsuccessful) storytimes with you.

The name Tickle the Clouds comes from the closing rhyme I use to end my Toddler and Preschool Storytimes.

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