Skip to main content

Flannel Friday: The Ninjas!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is so much fun to celebrate Halloween at storytime (whether you do a dedicated Halloween storytime or allude to the holiday with stories on apples, pumpkins, ghosts, monsters, etc.) In case you were wondering, dressing as a ninja is a great costume idea and that is how this post is related to Halloween.
I was inspired to do a ninja storytime by a review in School Library Journal. I thought it would be fun to do a flannel version of "The Ninjas" by Barenaked Ladies (lyrics here).
I used Open Clip Art to find a ninja and copied it into Publisher. Then I adjusted it to be the size I wanted and printed it. All the pieces are felt, except the ninja sword which is paper glued to felt for sturdiness. I also made a little Irish flag for the ninja as a souvenir from his trip to Ireland. At the last verse, I swing the bottom of mask piece open to reveal the ninja's smile. 
We read The Boy Who Cried Ninja (far and away the favorite) and Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. The kids made ninja masks for their craft.
Mary will have the round-up this week. 

Here are more Halloween-ish stories I've shared in the past:


Library Quine said…
A ninja storytime is a great idea (at any thine of year). Also Storytime Ninjas would be a great name for a (boys?) reading group. Thanks or the ideas!
Library Quine said…
Or = For, sorry.
Lisa said…
There's nothing like ninjas. They rank up there with pirates!

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…