Skip to main content

The Hair-Raising Adventures of Sara Susan

Today's #FlannelFriday is "The Hair-Raising Adventures of Sara Susan" from Glad Rags: Stories and Activities Featuring Clothes for Children by Jan Irving and Robin Currie (page 181). Irving and Currie books are worth checking out for lots of ideas, although specific picture books might be out of print. They have some great storytelling ideas and are worth a browse.

For this one, I can't remember if I just didn't like the artwork or there wasn't any given, but I decided to use Microsoft clip-art.

Meet Sara Susan, who never wanted to brush her hair:

Well, you can imagine her hair became even more of a mess after some animals decided that it would make quite a nice nest:
I printed out my clip-art and glued on some Velcro to the back to make it stick to my board. Then I hot-glued a bunch of yarn onto Sara Susan's head to make her hair. That was a lot of fun. If I had it all to do over again, I'd probably make Susan's head sized to fit an entire sheet of paper and then make the animals larger.

Don't forget to check back for the Flannel Friday round-up. This week I'm hosting! You can see previous roundups here.


  1. I do so LOVE this! What fun! Would be fun to use a real picture of the storyteller with messy yarn hair, too, and at the end say "guess who else doesn't like to brush her hair sometimes" and repeat using the animals with that picture. If you don't mind being silly, the kids would love it!

  2. hilarious! i love it! And I can't wait to check out Glad Rags

  3. Ooh, that looks fun! Love that messy hair.

  4. Silly is the best in storytime!

  5. The yarn adds a certain something to the story. Love it!


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 …

Summer Reading Program 2020 Ideas

Here is a list of ideas I have previously blogged that will fit the Collaborative Summer Library Program's 2020 theme of "Imagine Your Story" (Fairytales, Mythology, and Fantasy). I hope this list helps somebody out there!

Storytime Ideas
A-Hunting We Will Go puppet song
The Ant and the Grasshopper shadow puppet story
A Blanket for the Princess flannel board
The Dog and His Bone shadow puppet story
Dragon Egg storytelling with prop
Going on a Quest puppet rhyme
The Great Big Enormous Turnip flannel board
Humpty Dumpty puppet
I Had a Little Rooster puppet song
Little Gnome Hide and Seek prop game
The Little Red Bird Japanese nursery rhyme flannel board
Little Mouse Chinese nursery rhyme flannel board
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary puppet
Roll a Rhyme storytime cube
Two Little Bluebirds flannel board
Two Little Garden Gnomes prop rhyme
Two Little Unicorns prop rhyme

Mother Goose Games nursery rhyme Olympics-type program for preschoolers
STEM + Stories: Fairy Tales STEM program for school…

"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!