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Flannel Friday Roundup for Friday, January 2nd!

I'm excited to be back hosting the first Flannel Friday Roundup for 2015.

Here are the submissions for your viewing pleasure:

Do you want to build a snowman? Lisa does and will show you how it's done.  A related post by Kathryn has some winter themed shapes for you to admire. 
Nikki has winter socks and snowflakes to share. 
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Amy is planning a wonderful looking Sesame Street themed program and has a cute twist on Little Mouse featuring our favorite muppets. 
A new rhyme to me is the super fun One, Two, Three, BLOW that Katie found. This one seems perfect for when your toddlers just need to move at storytime. 
Speaking of rhymes, here's a Storytime prop favorite: a rhyme cube by Katie. 
Felt boards can be digital too! As with all things, there's an app for that. Here is a wonderful review by Katrina Bergen of the Felt Board Smoothie app posted at Little eLit. 
Speaking of tech at storytime, Pop Goes the Library is…

Drive In Movie 2: The Sequel

So last year I threw a drive in movie and it was awesome. I set it up basically the same as last year, so I will direct you to my write-up of that for details. But this year, I had to take it up a notch, with personalized license plates!

I downloaded a license plate font (free!) and a license plate template (also free!) and all it cost the library was time it took me to type in 25 kids' names and a little bit of paper and ink. And how fun, seriously? The parents went nuts for this.

This year, I showed Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, thanks to a suggestion from Sarah. The kids loved it, gleefully shouting "NO!" at all the right places. 
This is such a fun program to host and a good way to use up leftover craft supplies. It might be one of my favorites that we hosted all year long. I'm planning to do a "Fly-In Movie" in the spring and we will make rocket ships out of cardboard boxes. Can't wait!

Winter Wonderland Storytime

I held a special "winter wonderland" storytime outside of our regular storytime. I wanted to be able to do some things we don't have time or space for during my regular storytimes. I held this program in mid-December but specifically did not include any references to Christmas or other winter holidays. Even though this is Michigan, we had basically no snow the whole week of this program.

We did the following rhyme to start:
Let's All Do A Little Clapping
Let's all do a little clapping (Repeat 3x)
And spread a little cheer.
..tapping (on the floor), waving, etc.

Everyone participated in this action rhyme and I'm toying with making it part of my opening routine when regular storytimes resume in January.

Then we did Snowball, Snowball on the flannel board, which was a perfect transition into our book, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. After the story, we did a few scarf rhymes including one that I adapted to better fit the winter theme (original words have rain instead …

Reindeer Program 2014: Winter Wreath Craft

Remember last year's reindeer program?  It's an annual event for us and a great way to celebrate the winter season too even if it is freezing cold. Rather than rehash all the details, I thought I would share our craft project for this year with you: winter wreaths!

We used Ellison dies for the mittens, snowflakes, snowperson. The smaller shapes are foam stickers probably from Oriental Trading (where the idea for this craft came from). We also used a circle die cut on our Ellison machine to punch out the middle of 450 paper plates for this craft. A ribbon loop is taped on for hanging. One of our pages used markers to decorate the mittens. Cute, right? In 2013, we did two crafts and I am glad we cut back to one for this year because we had 784 people attend this program and I can't imagine trying to squeeze everyone in. We still had two stations but they had the same craft at both.

In lieu of a second craft, we added a game from Oriental Trading:  Gingerbread House Bean Bag …

Here Stands a Lovely Christmas Tree Flannel Board

Today is Flannel Friday's Holiday Extravaganza, hosted by our fearless leader, Mel! I won't be doing a Christmas (or winter holidays) storytime, but I spotted this rhyme in Easy-To-Make Puppets And How to Use Them by Fran Rottman (1978 edition) and I thought I would share a quick clip art flannel board:

Here Stands a Lovely Christmas Tree
Here stands a lovely
Christmas tree,

Christmas tree, Christmas tree,
Here stands a lovely Christmas tree, 
So early in the morning. 

Here is a horn for the 
Christmas tree,
Christmas tree, Christmas tree,
Here is a horn for the 
Christmas tree,
So early in the morning. 

The original words used drums and lights for additional verses. I decided not to do the drum (couldn't find a clip art piece I liked quickly enough) but added a star and gifts instead. I thought this would be cute for a home or religious setting like a Sunday school class.

I used Open Clip Art Library clip art. Since all of the images are licensed for Creative Commons sharing, here i…