It’s the Flannel Friday Holiday ExtravaGANZA! While I don’t generally do a Christmas (or other winter holiday) themed storytime, since I’m visiting schools with varying policies on celebrating, Winter/Snow is DEFINITELY a theme I can do! So here’s a new fingerplay I found, and the props I made to go with it!
One little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and then there were… two!
Two little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and then there were…three!
Three little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and then there were…four!
Four little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another, and then there were…five!
Five little snowflakes, having so much fun!
Out came the sun, and then there were none!
I made snowflakes that I covered in clear contact paper and stuck on pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaners are not as sturdy as I would like (as my snowflakes are so big) but I kinda don’t mind the wobbling – makes them look like they are dancing/floating/moving!
And, a sun, to melt them! (He’s a Microsoft Clipart image):
I thought I would add a snowflake-making tutorial (not that you need it, of course)! Hope my picture instructions make sense!
Start with a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ cut in half. Take half and fold as shown:
Cut off the bottom edge as shown, and save it to make smaller snowflakes, as scrap paper, or please, RECYCLE! Then fold the remaining triangle in half (on the dotted line):
Fold in half again:
And finally, with the closed side on your left, fold it over to meet the opposite side. You’ll have a little tail on the end:
Cut the tail off (sorry this photo’s so dark for some reason!):
And you’re ready to make a snowflake! Cut shapes out of the edges, but do not cut all the way across, or you’ll end up with two pieces!:
Unfold your paper, and… voila! Snowflake!:
I love making snowflakes in winter, because it’s so much fun to see how they’ll turn out! They end up looking beautiful, no matter how crooked, lopsided, wonky, or raggedy your cuts are. Which is kind of a metaphor for something, right?
Enjoy! And be sure to check out Library’s Quine’s site later today for the full Flannel Friday Holiday ExtravaGANZA wrap up! For a visual cataloguing of all the flannels over the months, click on the “Flannel Friday” button on the right to go to our Pinterest page!
Happy Holidays, all!