Flannel Friday: Garden Bugs

I made this flannelboard set to go along with the book Lenny in the Garden by one of my all-time favorite illustrators, Ken Wilson-Max.

The book is sweet and simple and in each page Lenny looks for a new bug. After we read it in storytime, then we played hide-and-seek. I tucked a bug behind one of the flowers so that part of it was sticking out, and asked, “Where’s the spider? Is the spider behind the orange flower?” The older toddlers in the group were so happy when they saw it for themselves! I also got out some of the leaves I made for the Where is Catkin set, and sometimes the bugs hid behind a leaf and sometimes a flower.

I do have a pattern for you! But my scanner isn’t working at the moment. Hopefully by the end of the day I will be able to add the link!

Scanner is working! It was totally a PEBCAK* issue.

The PDF pattern includes the spider, the ladybug, and the butterfly. The bee came from this Microsoft Word clip art:

*Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard. ie, Me.

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12 Responses to Flannel Friday: Garden Bugs

  1. Pingback: Flannel Friday Roundup February 3 | rovingfiddlehead kidlit

  2. Oooh! I love big storytimes! But I have not seen this book. I will have to see if I can borrow it.

    Your bugs are awesome ~ especially the spider!

  3. Sorry, I meant “bug” storytimes. I hate autocorrect! Lol

  4. Melissa says:

    Spiders are my least favorite! You should have seen me putting this together at my desk, creeping myself out!

  5. I don’t know the book, but love the pieces, especially the spider. I feel it is my duty at storytime to give spiders a better image, but its hard when all the Nursery/Mother Goose Rhymes have spiders freaking everybody out! Thanks for taking the time to share your pattern.

  6. so cute. thanks for the pattern. i can’t wait to make it for our collection

  7. Anne says:

    I love when you share your patterns. You are so talented!

  8. Melissa says:

    Thank you! I really enjoy drawing up the pattern sheets & sharing them so I’m glad you guys like this one! LQ, I agree about rehabilitating spiders’ reputation, which is why I made sure to include one even though they are my personal troublespot in the insect world. :) Two books I like with nice spiders are Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Monks and the good old Be Nice to Spiders by Graham.

  9. Katie says:

    I was not familiar with this book until you wrote this post, but I will definitely be using it this spring!

  10. Amanda M. says:

    Another book with a nice spider is Sophie’s Masterpiece by Eileen Spinelli. It’s a very sweet book – I really enjoy it :)
    Love your bugs! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  11. Melissa says:

    Thank you! I will put a hold on Sophie’s Masterpiece and check it out!

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