Flannel Friday: Where Is Catkin?

Or, In Which I Go A Little Overboard But Have a Really Good Time!

I’m going to try Where Is Catkin? by Janet Lord in my Pets baby storytime this fall, less because I think it’s a great book for storytime (it has lots of details my babies won’t necessarily be able to see much of across the room), but because I love it so much I want the grown-ups to know about it. I think it makes a great story to share one-on-one, even with toddlers, since the colors are so rich and the details and hidden animals are not too hard to spot, especially with a little direction.

I usually sing a pet store version of “Down Around the Corner” for this storytime, and thought it would be fun to sing it with some of the different animals in the book. Having decided that, I wanted to use Paschkis’ marvelous illustrations as my patterns. Once I had all the colored felt in front of me, I decided I could use a little craft project for the week, and so I got out my needle and thread to make the black outlines instead of a Sharpie (which is what I typically use).

So the project snowballed a bit, but I’m super happy with how it turned out.

There’s a few things you can do with a set like this! I mentioned “Down Around the Corner,” but you could also sing, “One little cat went out to play / In a meadow one fine day / She had such enormous fun / that she called for another animal to come.” Sing it to “Five Little Ducks Went Out To Play.”

You could also play I Spy, since in the book Catkin is on the hunt for all the other animals. You could tuck the smaller animals behind the leaves, with just a little bit showing, like this:

And then say, “Catkin is looking for a frog! Where’s the frog?” And see if the kids can guess which leaf is hiding the frog just from the little bit that is peeking out. With younger kids, you could hide the animals completely behind the leaves, and say, “Catkin is looking for the mouse! Is the mouse behind THIS leaf? No! This is the…snake!”

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9 Responses to Flannel Friday: Where Is Catkin?

  1. Katie says:

    Your sewing is so much cleaner than mine is! And I love the many options this flannel gives us. I’ve been thinking about doing a “cats” storytime for a while. This may just push it into the definite category.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thanks! The truth is I went really slowly and unpicked some stitches and redid them! I do like flannel sets that have more than just one rhyme to go with.

  3. Meg says:

    Beautiful pieces!

  4. whoa that cat face is amazing! well, the whole thing is awesome….i’m very impressed. How artsy fartsy you are, Mel!

  5. Melissa says:

    Thanks ladies! Cate: I have my moments…and then sometimes I don’t!

  6. That cat face is adorable! I can’t imagine ever having the patience to sew anything, so I’m in definite awe of this entire set. Awesome job. 🙂

  7. Sharon says:

    Your attention to detail really makes the pieces pop! they’re beautiful and I love the hiding the animals beneath the leaves. Guessing games are some of my favorite things. Now I need to find that book. Beautiful.

  8. Melissa says:

    Sharon, Definitely find this book; it’s one of my favorites! And Katie–next time I’ll be back with the Sharpies, so don’t be TOO impressed. 🙂 Thank you!

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