Flannel Story: Hearts

I can’t remember where I found the rhyme, so if you know, please tell me!



Hearts, hearts. How many do I see?
Hearts, hearts. Count them with me.
I have a red one, orange one. Yellow one, too.
I have a green one, pink one, and one that is blue.
I have a purple one, brown one, and one that is white.
And one last heart that is as black as the night.
Hearts, hearts. How many do I see?
Hearts, hearts. Count them with me.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.


Valentine’s Day Science

This year we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day in an unusual way…with science!! This program was designed for children between Kindergarten and 3rd Grade.

Program Plan

-Welcome and Introduction

-Group Science Experiment

  • Conversation Heart Activity
    • Explore the different reactions that conversation candy hearts would have in different substances.
    • Materials: conversation hearts, bowl with hot water, bowl with cold water, bowl with salt water, bowl with vinegar, bowl with honey, bowl with bleach, hypothesis/result sheets.
    • Process: Make predictions about how candy hearts will react to each substance.
      Place candy heart in substances (hot water, cold water, salt water, vinegar, honey, and bleach) and record initial reaction.
      Check every ten minutes to see changes.
      Make final observations then compare to initial predictions.
    • More details about the experiment at Coffee Cups and Crayons

-Individual Experiments

  • Roll to Fill
    • Explore estimating, counting, and probability while filling up heart-shaped cookie cutters!
    • Materials: cookie cutters (heart-shaped and circles), pom poms, large dice, result sheets.
    • Process: Pick a cookie cutter.
      Estimate how many pom poms it will take to fill the shape.
      Roll the dice, then place that many pom poms in your shape.
      Record what number you rolled on the dice.
      Repeat until the shape is filled.
    • More details about the experiment at Modern Preschool.
  • Heart Rate Investigation
    • Explore how our heart rate responds to varying levels of activity
    • Materials: stopwatch, result sheets.
    • Process: Record your resting heart rate.
      Do jumping jacks for 1 minute.
      Record your heart rate.
      Rest for 1 minute.
      Record your heart rate.
  • Marshmallow and Toothpick Structures
  • Secret Messages
    • Use chemistry to make secret messages with baking soda.
    • Materials: white paper, baking soda, water, paint brush, small spray bottle with lemon juice.
    • Process: Mix the baking soda and water together to create the “paint”.
      Paint your message on the white paper.
      Allow to dry.
      Once dry, brush off any excess baking soda.
      Spray the lemon juice onto the paper to reveal the message.
    • More details about the experiment at Inspiration Laboratories
  • Fizzing Hearts
    • See how vinegar reacts to baking soda!
    • Materials: paper, white glue, baking soda, vinegar, red food coloring, fine motor dropper.
    • Process: I prepped the paper so that there were two hearts made from white glue with baking soda sprinkled over the glue.
      Mix vinegar with red food dye.
      Children can use the fine motor droppers to apply vinegar to baking soda hearts.
    • More details about the experiment at Powerful Mothering.

-Wrap Up Discussion and Goodbyes


I was really happy with the outcome of this program! I had a large group because an entire girl scout troop attended. I was expecting it to be mass chaos, but it was actually very quiet…hopefully because everyone was so focused and not because they thought it was boring!
During the group activity, they made some great predictions. Throughout the program, some of the children (maybe three or four) wandered up to the table to see how the candy hearts were reacting.
Of the individual experiments, the marshmallow/toothpick structures and secret messages were the most popular. The heart rate investigation was the least popular, but I believe that was because most of the students had done something similar to this recently.
During the wrap up discussion, we pulled the candy hearts out of the substances and talked about the changes that had happened to them. They were really excited to see this, and I was happy that some of the candy hearts looked quite different.

Flannel Story: Baby Faces

This is a great flannel that I found Mel’s Desk. She has another rhyme that she posted on her website, but I just used the two listed here.

To make these, I ended up making a Microsoft Publisher page with shapes for the face, eyes, and mouths. That way they were pretty similar in size.

Flannel Story, baby faces

5 Little Babies

Five little babies sitting in their cribs.
The first one said, “I need another bib.”
The second one said, “I wish I had my ball.”
The third one said, “I wish that I could crawl.”
The fourth one said, “Oh, when can we play?”
The fifth one said, “It’s been a busy day!”
Then “Shhhhhhhhh” went the mommies, and out went the lights.
And five little babies said goodnight.

10 Little Babies

One little, two little, three little babies.
Four little, five little, six little babies.
Seven little, eight little, nine little babies.
Ten baby girls and boys.

Folder Story: I Can Make a Snowman

Another folder story. I found this one through Fun with Friends at Storytime. She links to the Google Document at this website. I cut out the snowman based off of a snowman from clipart.

Folder Story, I Can Make a Snowman

I Can Make a Snowman

I can make a snowman.
A snowman, a snowman.
I can make a snowman.
My snowman will be (color)


How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Trace snowman on folder and cut out.
  • Glue on hat and arms.
  • Place a layer of contact paper down, and put the carrot nose, eyes, mouth, buttons, scarf, and “shadow”. Place a second layer of contact paper to seal the snowman accessories in.
  • Use book tape to tape the sides closed.

Ed Emberley Art Party

Ed Emberley’s birthday is 19 October 1931. I love his thumbprint books and drawing books, and thought that an art party program would be a cool way to celebrate his birthday.

Program Plan

-Welcome and Introduction to Ed Emberley

go away big green monster



  • Go Away, Big Green Monster / Ed Emberley



  • Drawing Stationbig green drawing book
    • Children could draw anything they wanted. I had a couple of Ed Emberley’s drawing books placed on the table as inspiration.
    • Materials: white cardstock, colored pencils, pens.


  • Fingerprint Necklace Stationfingerprint necklace
    • Children could make a little fingerprint art on a mini cardstock circle, and string yarn through it to make a necklace.
    • Materials: white cardstock circles with paper-punch hole, string, ink pads, pens.


  • Fingerprint Art Stationfingerprint art
    • Children could make fingerprint art on paper.
    • Materials: white cardstock, construction paper, fancy scissors, ink pads, pens, colored pencils.


  • Collage Stationcollage


  • Go Away, Big Green Monster Stationbig green monster
    • Children could create a Big Green Monster on a paper plate.
    • Materials: paper plates, green tissues paper, face cut-outs, glue.
    • My inspiration for this craft.



I wanted the focus of this program to be on process-based activities. The only activity that was “cut and paste” was the Big Green Monster station. I was so happy that the participants visited every station, and they seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be creative.

Story Time at the Museum: All About Art

All About Art

Story Time Plan


  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherart, patrick mcdonnell


  • Art / Patrick McDonnell

-Action Song

  • This is the Way We Stir the Paintdot, peter reynolds.png


  • The Dot / Peter H. Reynolds


  • I Know the Colors

-Folder StoryFolder Story, Paint Can


  • Find the Color

-Booki spy shapes in art, lucy micklethwait

  • I Spy Shapes in Art / Lucy Micklethwait


  • Art Supply Song
  • Make a Circle, Draw a Square


  • We Wave Goodbye Like This



This was my first time doing this story time. It wasn’t well publicized, so only one family showed up with their daughter. It worked out well though, because the books and songs were easily adaptable to interact with just one person.

Folder Story: The Lovely Ladybug

Another folder story. I found this one through Stories with Ms. Jenna. She links to the original at this website.

Folder Story, Lovely Ladybug

The Lovely Ladybug

Let’s play a ladybug color game, I’ll give you rhyming clues.
If you know it, say the name of each color that I use!

The first color for our buggy friend;
Is the color of sunshine…it’s the color yellow!

Frogs in the pond and a fresh snap bean;
Did you guess the color green?

The sky above and the ocean, too;
Such a beautiful color…it’s the color blue!

Strawberry ice cream, come on now, think!
You are right…it’s the color pink!

Grapes for jelly on a PB&J;
Purple is the color that we say!

Pumpkins or basketballs rolling by;
Orange is the color that we now spy.

Fluffy clouds and the moon at night;
Did you say the color white?

Roses that grow in the garden bed;
Are this beautiful color, the color red.

Ladybug, ladybug up in the sky.
Thanks for the fun and now we say, goodbye!


How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Cut a large circle out. Add construction paper head and eyes. Draw on antenna.
  • Cut out small black circles for dots.
  • Place a layer of contact paper down, and put the black dots down. Place a second layer of contact paper to seal the black dots in.
  • Use book tape to tape the sides closed.