Flannel Friday: Little Bird Little Bird

I am flying back into Flannel Friday with some bird patterns for you! I made these felt birds so I could sing Little Bird in baby storytime on Monday.

First you have to listen to the amazing Elizabeth Mitchell sing this song:

And here’s my birds: Clockwise from the top: Bluejay, Goldfinch, Cardinal, Chickadee, Oriole

The song sings about a Whippoorwill too but I thought the other birds’ coloring would be more identifiable.

With these birds, you can sing Little Bird, or you could do any Five Little Birds type rhyme. You could also use them for Two Little Blackbird-type rhymes, like Tracey uses in her Two Little Birds post. Instead of saying blackbirds or green birds or blue birds, you could say, “Two little songbirds.”

If you need to scale these down a bit, while I was gluing them all together I noticed that they were still very cute and identifiable with no tails on. If you need to save some space on your flannelboard it might be a strategy to leave them off.

Here’s the patterns!

Little Birds Page 1
Little Birds Page 2

Have fun making these; I sure did.

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19 Responses to Flannel Friday: Little Bird Little Bird

  1. I love Elizabeth Mitchell’s version of this song! I don’t use her version exactly, but I played this song on the ukulele at story time this past Spring and Summer. I’m going to put these birds on my to-make list for the Spring – I’m working on getting more comfortable with felt. By then, I might be ready. They’re beautiful- great job!

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you Katie! I haven’t tackled playing an instrument in storytime so I’m very impressed with your ukulele skills. Spring is a great time for a Bird Storytime–going to make a note of that for myself. Good luck with the felt, but you could always put these together using construction paper as well!

  3. Pete Seeger!! I adore, adore, ADORE this song but never thought it would work as a flannel (it’s an odd meter … 2+2+3) but seeing this? Definitely going to go for it. Thanks for posting!

  4. Jane says:

    I have a soft spot for birds. These are absolutely beautiful. Love the song as well. ~ jane

  5. Melissa says:

    Thanks ladies! Monica, do give it a try, I sang it on Monday and I thought it went well!

  6. Lissa says:

    This is such a cute flannelboard. I have never heard this version or Elizabeth Mitchell and she is fabulous. I’m going to need her music! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Melissa says:

    You’re welcome! I don’t have her most recent album, so I need to get it pronto!

  8. Urszula says:

    Love, love, love this song and had been meaning to create a flannel kit for it ever since Katie (Story Time Secrets) mentioned how she used the song in her program. Your fantastic pattern is just the thing to kick start the process! Thanks

  9. Melissa says:

    You’re welcome!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Love these adorable bird patterns and used them successfully today in my baby storytime! Thanks for sharing them!

  11. Melissa says:

    Hooray! Thanks for letting us know!

  12. Laura says:

    Beautiful birds! I haven’t ever made flannel for storytime (we have a lot of preprinted sets) but I might have to try these! If not for work, then for baby at home!

  13. Melissa says:

    Hi Laura! I had fun making them. But Amanda found MUCH COOLER patterns and posted the link on the Flannel Friday Facebook page! There are a lot more bird patterns here, with a little more detail than I used! Check them out: http://www.downeastthunderfarm.com/freebies/#

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  15. ann m says:

    I do this song with the words up on the flannel board so parents can sing along and then I have 8 1/2 x 11 pictures of the birds that I hold up for the kids.

  16. Melissa says:

    I love using photos of objects or animals in baby storytime. It’s always such a good idea to make the lyrics available to the parents!

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  18. Julia Mayo says:

    Love the Felt patterns…THANK You so much for sharing

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these patterns! I used my new birds at story time this morning and they were a hit. (Even if I tried to lose my voice in the middle of the song.)

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