Skip to main content

A Blanket for the Princess

A Mother's Day/love theme was requested for this week's Flannel Friday, so here is "A Blanket for the Princess" from Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker, which is one of my all-time favorite storytime planning books. I used this story as part of a Fairy Tale theme, but there are lots of others you could use it for (babies, quilts, Mother's Day/Father's Day, love, etc.). It also seemed appropriate for today, given that it is Royal Wedding Day.

The gist of the story is that the King and Queen have a newborn baby girl. They decide the princess must have the world's most beautiful baby blanket, inspired by the yellow sun blue sky, orange flowers, etc. The servants are unable to find such a blanket, until an old woman comes forth with a faded quilt.
It is a quiet, old-fashioned story.

Here's your royal family:

Here are the natural things that inspire their baby blanket:

And here is the quilt (make your life easy and hot glue the squares to the quilt!):

You can download the patterns' PDF from the ALA Editions website, but I should warn you that my felt figures are more inspired by the patterns than exact duplicates. I have simplified them a lot! Also, the ALA Website is a little temperamental so try on a different computer/browser if it doesn't work the first time.

The exact words aren't necessary for this story, and I simplify them a lot when I tell it. 

Other great love themed felt board stories are Moose in Love and The Big Hearted Elephant (a Valentine's Day poem).


  1. I do love Storytime Magic -- it is a great resource for storytime. The ALA website is temperamental, ha. Took me a few times to load it, but I got it now!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Program Idea: Parachute Playtime

This summer I offered a parachute playtime for kids 2-3 and 4-5. The idea for this program came from the genius that is my close personal friend Miss Lisa, so make sure you stop by her blog to see what activities she includes in her parachute programs. In addition to her program, I also got ideas from Parachute Play by Liz and Dick Wilmes

I like to do a lot of nursery rhymes with the parachute for a few reasons:
Parents/kids are more likely to participate in activities where the content is already familiarI already know them so I don't have to learn a whole bunch of material at once (just being honest here)Easy for the families to replicate this activities at home with whatever props they might have. If they (or you!) don't have a parachute, a bed sheet or blanket can be substituted easily. Even a beach towel would work for one parent and one child to play together.  This is my mean reason and I tried to hammer this in at all three programs I did the past two weeks! Parachute …

"Sleeping Bunnies" on the Parachute!

Here's one of my favorite parachute activities! I actually mentioned it a few months ago when talking about my summer parachute playtime but it's become a storytime staple since. We've been doing this here at my 2 and 3 year old storytimes and it's a great activity that I thought deserved its own post. I learned the song "Sleeping Bunnies" from Mary and I had the idea to adapt it to a parachute activity.

We use the version from Kathy Reid-Naiman's Tickles and Tunes CD.

Here are the words:

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping til it's nearly noon. 
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune. 
Oh, how are still. 
Are they ill? 
Wake up soon. (Here I yell "WAKE UP BUNNIES!" and the kids shake the parachute.)

Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 

Then we say "good night" to the bunnies and repeat a few times.

Today's Flannel Friday is hosted by Cate! 

A Year's Worth of Library Display Ideas (part 1 of series)

One of my favorite things to do in my library is create displays. I thought it might be helpful if I shared the calendar that I drew up to make sure I don't miss any of the "must-do" displays. It is so helpful if you can take people over to a seasonal display versus trying to look up in the catalog or find Easter books or whatever. I hope this helps any new librarians who might be overwhelmed by the process of marketing your collection!

As a general rule, I tend to keep displays up for about 3-4 weeks or if I run out of books all together. One tip I'd recommend if you have the space for multiple displays is to change one display in each space every week and rotate around the youth department like that. For example, one week you put up a new picture books display, then nonfiction, then YA/teen, etc. Don't forget to raid your CD and DVD collections for a multi-category display.

A great resource for making display is Chase's Calendar of Events, which is a prett…