Flannel Friday: Waiting for Winter

Well, once again I do not have a themed contribution to a Flannel Friday Extravaganza day! Maybe some creative thinker can figure out how to make this idea work with Dig into Reading. 🙂

This is an update of the Red White and Blue and Halloween Colors flannelboard ideas I’ve posted in the past. The inspiration was one of my new favorite winter books, Waiting for Winter, by Sebastian Meschenmoser.

In this story, Squirrel really wants to experience snow, and makes Hedgehog and Bear stay up too to watch for it. All they know is that snow is “wet and white and cold and soft.” First they find a toothbrush (wet and white and cold) and then a tin can (white and cold and a little wet inside) and then a sock (wet and white and cold AND SOFT), but no, they realize how wrong all those items are when the first real snowflakes fall. I am totally not doing this book justice–the illustrations are amazing and expressive, and the realism of the animals is the perfect counterpoint to the silly depictions of what a storm of toothbrushes or tin cans or socks would LOOK like. It makes me laugh every time I read it.

ANYWAY, I adapted the color idea to a shapes idea.

From white felt, cut a toothbrush, a tin can, and a sock. (You’ll also need six other shapes, and three snowflake shapes, all white.) Put the first three up one by one on the board and say, “Here’s a snowflake…and here’s a snowflake…and here’s a snowflake…”

Oh, silly! Those aren’t snowflakes! But HERE’S a snowflake:

Well, now that we know what a snowflake looks like, we can find some more, right? Here’s three more snowflakes! No?

Keep going as long as you like, letting the kids correct you and identify the proper shapes. What a snowstorm!

You can end by giving a literacy message to the parents similar to the one over here.

There you go! So how could this work with Dig into Reading? 🙂

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12 Responses to Flannel Friday: Waiting for Winter

  1. Jane says:

    I am just popping in to say I love this book too.

  2. Melissa says:


  3. Kary Henry says:

    Gasp! I have never seen anyone give a shout-out to this phenomenal book, and I love it so much that I just had to say THANK YOU! I have read this book for a winter storytime for 3 years in a row (6 different preschool classes) and it has never failed to totally crack up the kids (and me). I love the moment when I get to triumphantly (and mistakenly) announce that they have found the very first snowflake! Thank you for sharing this post!

  4. Melissa says:

    I KNOW. And it looks like such an unassuming, run-of-the-mill book from the cover…but NO. Yay!

  5. Kendra Jones says:

    There’s a bone, dinosaur, AND the book has a squirrel and they bury stuff. Oh and fish are UNDER water. TOTALLY FITS.
    What a great idea!

  6. Melissa says:

    Works for me!

  7. leslie minor says:

    This is so much fun! You could adapt this idea for a lot of storytimes. For an ocean storytime: this animal lives under the sea… And for a dig into reading: this cow lives underground, this elephant lives underground, this goat lives underground, No? OK! This gopher lives underground! Thanks for the good ideas!

  8. Melissa says:

    Excellent! I love that adaptation!

  9. OMG!!! This is my favorite book in the whole wide world… and i never once thought to make it into a flannel board. you are a genius, lady!

  10. Melissa says:

    I think I need to buy a personal copy!

  11. Tamar says:

    I love this book, too!

    Because I couldn’t imagine a way to flannel board this story, and because there were pages without words that were so active, I thought, “This needs music.” At first, I tried a technical approach, recording myself reading the book and inserting musical clips I’d pulled from the internet to “illutrate” the illustrations… but!… in the end I just ended up singing :] I considered lullabies for when the characters are falling asleep [but then I used my body to describe the slow-slump-to-sleep instead], I hummed the Flight of the Bumble Bee for running-to-stay-awake, and, each time it started “snowing,” I sang a few lines of “Let it Snow.” This seemed pretty effective.

    I like this blog very much! I am swimming in links, discoverying the community soup of storytime stuff! Woo hoo! –Tamar

  12. Melissa says:

    Tamar, what an amazing approach to this book; I am in awe! Would love to be in the crowd and see you perform it! Thanks for a great comment, glad you like Mel’s Desk!

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