Friday, April 29, 2011

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 comments:

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!