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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