Category Archives: Storytime Stuff

Storytime Craft: Doctor Bag

Nothing clever for an intro today, just enjoying ice cream and building up an archive of Flannel Fridays. SO LET’S GET TO IT.

Got yourself a boo boo? Well Doctor Seth will fix you up. You’ll have to get the medical kit together first, though.

Good old fashion coloring! For this craft you’ll need the medical supplies (seen above) and the doctor bag. Kids fold the bag, and they can either just keep the stuff in it (as I intended) or you can follow the lead of a smart mom in my storytime who didn’t want to chase around a bunch of paper and glue them down inside the bag. LINKS FOR PDFS BELLLLOOOOOOOOW.

Doctor Bag

Medical supplies

Now, I gotta say. I spent actual YEARS redesigning this. Years putting it off, one afternoon to fix it. The original was ugly and a pain in the butt to cut out. I hope this is much easier for you guys.

Need some books about injuries and whatnot? Check out my injury tag on Shelfari! I’ve got a few good ones (and one or two iffy ones) but I’d love suggestions if you have them!

 

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Storytime Craft: Alligator and/or Crocodile

Man! This craft! This is probably the first storytime craft I made in Adobe Illustrator. Put off uploading it for so long because it needed to go through a few updates to make it easier to cut out a few dozen at a time. The first one had pointy claws on each feet.

That was not fun to cut out.

PDF Link Be Here:

gator craft

Need a flannel story to go with it? Here’s one from a ways back.

Need some books? I got books. Check out my alligator tag on Shelfari. Notice it’s not alligators/crocodiles. Because kids don’t care about the difference.

Nobody cares.

As a final aside in my post-storytime life, I have to say that the alligator storytime was always one of my favorite. There are probably dozens and dozens of themes from my early years before I kept track that I long forgot, but this was always a go-to theme.

 

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Storytime Activity: 6 Creepy Closets

Well here is ONE creepy door.

I don’t have a printout or examples for this counting activity. This rhyme was made an hour before the storytime, and I didn’t have time to make anything fancy. So I fired up [insert your preferred search engine], did an image search, and printed out six doors. Then I did an image search for the thing which go behind the doors and printed each out on the opposite sides of the door pages. Simple! Not as classy as a handcrafted flannel but great if you need a fun activity in a pinch.

6 Creepy Closets are hiding their secrets

One started glowing and behind it was a…flashlight!

5 Creepy Closets are hiding their secrets

One started leaking and behind it was a….mop!

4 Creepy Closets are hiding their secrets

One began to shake and behind it was a…. washing machine!

3 Creepy Closets are hiding their secrets

One started shrieking and behind it was a….vacuum!

2 Creepy Closets are hiding their secrets

One started growling and behind it was a….dog!

1 Creepy Closet is hiding its secret

It began to giggle and behind it was a….monster!

It was playing hide-and-seek and you won!

This activity would work great with my Monster Closet craft. Almost like I meant for that ha ha! It’s funny because I used the same joke on the Monster Door post. Oh wait. That makes it less funny.

Need monster books? I have a ton of those. Got a bunch of scary books too.

 

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Storytime Craft: Monster Door

Hey a door. I wonder what is behind this door?

OH NO A MONSTER WE’RE ALL DOOMED AAAAHHH.

Special Sort Of Complicated Double Sided PDF Printout Linked Here: Monster Door

So this one is a little tricky. It’s double sided. Works like a card, except only part of the front is opened. You CUT the dotted line. You GLUE on the Xs. But do a couple test prints before you print out a million of them, because you’ll need to figure out which method of double siding printing will work. I had tested it out extensively with Nicole, and I had a print with written instructions and…I don’t know where it is. So good luck

[EDIT]: Aha! I found it! I did indeed save a printed out copy with handwritten instructions. And this was so important to me, that I put it in my messenger bag when I moved here, and it’s been sitting on my bedroom shelf ever since. I just forgot. So! These print settings should work for you, hopefully.

*2 Sided

*Flip on SHORT edge

*Landscape

This craft might pair well with my 6 Creepy Closets. Almost like I planned it that way?!

Need monster books? I have a ton of those. Got a bunch of scary books too.

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5 Flower Pots

There might be a video to post with this later? A video was taken at some point in time. And may or may not have been saved somewhere. Maybe.

Perhaps this would be better for spring weather? Maybe it’s wishful thinking now that I live in a winter wonder wasteland.

The rhyme is pretty basic but putting it into practice is a little more complex. For myself, I got flower pots, drew some flowers, attached said flowers to green pipe cleaners, added some grass around the rim of the pots and BAM! A flower that I could push up and make “grow”.

I’m sure there’s easier/better methods but I wanted to try something new. You could get the same effect with popsicle sticks and paper, or even just double sided flannel pieces that you flip.

Five Flower Pots In The Winter Brand New.

The First Flower Grew And It Was…Blue!

 Four Flower Pots Warming In The Spring

The Second Flower Grew And It Was…Green!

 Three Flower Pots In The Summer Feeling Mellow

The Third Flower Grew And It Was…Yellow!

 Two Flower Pots Waiting As The Fall Leaves Fled

The Fourth Flower Grew And it Was…Red!

 One Flower Pot Left, Do You Think We Can Share It?

Out From The Soil Pops One Big….RABBIT?!

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GET IT? BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE “CARROT”. Well maybe that didn’t come across in the script but I made sure to have a bit of the carrot showing above the pot. Those kids thought they were so clever guessing ahead. STUPID KIDS HAHA.

Want some wabbit, er I mean rabbit books for your storytime? Check out my rabbit books on Shelfari. Or maybe you’ll use this with a color themed storytime?

Pro tip! You can further narrow down the search by going down to the tag cloud below the books and find the “storytime” tag. Click on that while rabbits are selected to see all the storytimes I’ve done with rabbits!

UPDATE: Rabbit PDF. Click link below.

rabbit carrot

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