Flannel Friday – Shark Week!

It took SHARK WEEK to get me flanneling after being very flannel-lazy all summer!  Thanks Rain Makes Applesauce for motivating me to get moving!

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
by Ken Geist
illustrated by Julia Gorton

Three little fish and big bad shark

I took the images from this fun fractured fairy tale. My own 4 year old thought it was hysterical so I can’t wait to share it when my preschool group starts up again next month!

I had big plans for flannel this summer… alas… but one of my many goals was to explore ways to make flannel pieces without puffy paint. I loathe puffy paint.  There, I said it. I know it looks great, but I struggle with it! So although this is the ONLY new flannel I have worked on in weeks, I did accomplish my goal of finding some puffy paint alternatives!

Here are my three little fish:

Inspired by a comment made in Hey There Library’s adorable Sloth Flannel, I decided to embroider the details! That is much easier for me – added bonus, the fish are reversible, so they can swim in either direction!  Yippee!  (Honestly, the thought had never occurred to me to stitch the details.  Thank you for saving me and my felt from puffy paint!!)


Here is my SHARK! I embroidered the eye and gill details but he still looked kind of flat. I used a makeup sponge and an ink pad to add the shading and was thrilled with how it turned out.  So easy and no drying time required at all.

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Here are the three fishy homes – embroidered and layered shades of flannel to make them pop.

The full set – most pieces were traced out of the book onto freezer paper…


Now if only I could get rid of the “Baby Shark” earworm I’ve had all week…

Flannel Friday Shark Week is being hosted by Rain Makes Applesauce this week!

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Itsy Bitsy Songs & Rhymes for August 2014

This month our theme will be BABIES & BIG KIDS! We’ll be reading about BABIES and growing up and becoming a big brother sister and going to PRESCHOOL!  Here are the songs and rhymes we will be using with this theme! Enjoy!

Finger Rhyme: “Wink, Wink”

Make one eye go wink, wink, wink,
Make two eyes go blink, blink, blink.
Make two fingers stand just so,
Then ten fingers all in a row!
Back and forth your head will rock
And your knees can knock, knock, knock.
Now stretch and make a yawn so wide,
and drop your hands down to your sides.
Close your eyes and help me say,
Our very quiet word today:

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