Friday, December 28, 2018

Flannel Friday - Cookies!

Cookie felt set for flannel board

I initially made the first pieces of this set to use with a rhyme in my "Cookie"-themed storytime in December, so I included a snowman, gingerbread man, and tree; then I realized that I had limited its usefulness to winter-time. So I added some simple geometric shaped cookies to make it more versatile, and allowing selection by shape, color, or cookie type. If you've seen many of my "Flannel Friday" posts, you know I like options and versatility! (As always, click on any image to see it full-size.)

For some of these I used clipart for patterns, and for others I used the "shapes" function in Publisher or free-handed. I added subtle shading and details to the chocolate chip cookie and waffle lines to the sugar wafer (rectangle) cookie with Sharpies. All the "icing", creme filling, and chocolate chips were added with puffy paint. Green glitter glue was used to imitate colored sugar on the green square, and blue glitter was sprinkled on the triangle while the paint was still wet. 

(Note: puffy paint takes a full 3 days to properly cure, but is dry enough to use in about 12 hours, if handled carefully.)

This is the rhyme I used with my initial set (found on the "Everything Preschool" site and modified):

"Five Little Cookies"

Five little cookies, with frosting galore!
Daddy ate the red one, and then there were four.

Four little cookies, two plus two you see.
Mommy at the green one, and then there were three.

Three little cookies, and before I knew,
Brother ate the white one, and then there were two.

Two little cookies; oh, what fun!
Sister ate the brown one, and then there was one.

One little cookie, yum-yum-yum!

*I* ate the last one, and then there were none.

Depending on how large your crowd is and how many times you want to repeat, you could also use the names of the children attending, instead of the generic nicknames here. Instead of color, you could also go by shape or type of cookie. I always like to repeat 5-little something fingerplays, and have them use the non-dominant hand the second time so that they are working on the dexterity of both hands.

And, since when I go to the trouble of making a felt set I like for it to multi-functional, I found a couple of other songs/rhymes it could be used with (remember, I like options!). I found two different versions of the next rhyme, one at the King County Library System site and the other at the Harris County Public Library site, and combined them, with some modifications:

Five Little Cookies In The Bakery Shop

Five little cookies in the bakery shop
Five little cookies shining with sugar on top
Along came (_____) with a dollar to pay
He/She bought one cookie and took it away.

[count down to none]

No little cookies in the bakery shop.
No little cookies shining with sugar on top.
Along came (_____) with a dollar to pay. 
He/She saw no cookies, and sadly walked away.

[Fill in the blank with names or generic terms like "man," "woman," "boy".... You could also be more specific and say which color/shape/type of cookie each time; I've shown a set to focus on shape.]

And finally, I found this Christmas one at Felt Board Magic, though just a few days late for this year.

Reindeer Cookies

Five little cookies sitting on a plate;
Waiting for Santa, but he was running late
Along came a reindeer & guess what he ate?
One of the cookies sitting on the plate!

[Repeat, counting down to zero]

No little cookies sitting on the plate,
because that’s what Santa’s reindeer ate!

[Again you could be more specific and say the color/shape/type of cookie each reindeer ate. Here I've shown a set based on type (gingerbread, Oreo, sugar cookie, chocolate chip, and wafer). You could also use specific names of reindeer. If you have a reindeer puppet to eat the cookies, even better!]

I realize these are all counting down rhymes, and I normally like to include both, so if you know a cookie song or rhyme that counts up, please let me know in the comments!

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