Mushy Gushy Valentine Round-Up

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's Valentine themed round-up.  There are some great Valentine flannel boards as well as non-Valentine submissions.

I have to admit, there was so much 'cuteness' going on this week  that I had to pull up a thesaurus to try and avoid repeating the words 'cute' and 'adorable' along with every entry.  Admittedly the same words are still repeated a lot (a big pet peeve of mine thanks to a wonderful high school English teacher), but I had a hard time using a word like delectable for flannel, makes it sound like I want to eat them.  Although, we do have some flannel eating going on this week so perhaps that would have been appropriate.

Anyway, here is our Mushy-Gushy Round-Up for 2013, complete with mushy and many great non-mushy flannelboards.  They are color coded based on if they are Valentiney or not.  Shades of red are Valentine themed and shades of blue are not.  And there is one purple that is based on a non-Valentine book but could fit great into a Valentine theme.  Enjoy!

Amy from catch the possibilities features her sparkly version of Five little snowflakes and also shares some tips for making the task of cutting out those intricate flakes less daunting.

Andrea at librarianvsstorytime has a very cute Valentine game based off of Sara Weeks' book Be mine, be mine, sweet Valentine.

Anna of Future Librarian Superhero shares with us how she uses her adorable monster puppet Fergus in storytime.  I have to agree with Anna's post, puppets eating things during storytime is HIGHLY entertaining.

Anne at sotomorrow features a fun Circus Elephant cut and tell rhyme.  Not mushy, but you could argue that the elephants are kissing...

Jane and Piper from Piper Loves the Library are sorting their laundry with Valentine mittens!  Jane has also revamped Library Quine's currant buns to dress them up for Valentine's day.

Jen in the library brings us Vincent's Valentine Animals.  This funny story has got to be a hit, how can it not be with animals exchanging heads and mixing up their noises?

Kay at Storytime ABC's is bringing the cold to Florida with her darling Polar Friends.

Lena of sixcranberries felted some charming Finger Puppet Crows to go along with a wintry rhyme that she adapted from the song Three Craws.

Library Quine at Loons and Quines @ Librarytime has a darling Little Green Bug that is helping her share rhyming words in the library.  LQ also shows us her new (possibly faster) method of adding amazing detail to her flannels.

Linda of Notes from the Story Room shows us how to share the story Karen's Valentine's day surprise as either a draw and tell or a flannelboard story.

Lisa from Libraryland shares her version of the rhyme Valentine Race, complete with sparkly heart Valentines.

Lucy at In the Children's Room made her own version of a Valentine tree along with a super cute (and easy!) craft to go along with it.

Madigan from Madigan Reads shows us her adorable Owl Feltboard.  She uses some textured flannel that adds that extra something to some already charming owls.

Mel of Mel's Desk is skipping Valentine's Day all together and heading all the way on into fall.  That's right folks, this lady is really planning ahead with her impressive fall flannel pieces to accompany Lindsay Barrett George's book That pup!

Miss Kristine joins us this week via Loons and Quines (welcome Miss Kristine!) where she shares her delightful hand holding Octopi.

Mrs Shaia at Thrive After Three shares a very cute flannelization of the story Tuck me in.  Each of the adorable animals have a matching blankie, so cute!

Sandy from Storytime Sparks brings us the rhyme Five in the truck as well as several other ideas for a truck themed storytime.  Sandy claims that her flannelboard is not Valentiney but, I have had many storytime friends for whom Trucks = Love.

Sharon of Rain Makes Applesauce shares her fun version of the perfect Valentine story, Matt Novak's My froggy Valentine.

Tara over at Storytime with Miss Tara and friends is Blowing Kisses on her flannelboard  and then out to her storytime friends.  What a wonderful idea to include the audience and kids LOVE stickers!

Hopefully this will provide some inspiration for all of your upcoming storytimes, Valentine's or not.  Be sure to check the Pinterest Page for all of these as well as past submissions wonderfully organized by a wide variety of themes.  For all other Flannel Friday stuff, check the blog.

Next week's host is Anne at sotomorrow.

Also, keep in mind that there are two more extravaganzas coming up, the Dig in to Reading (SRP theme for many of us in the states - bugs and dirt) will be on March 1 and the Flannel Friday Birthday Extravaganza will be on March 15.

That's it for this week, until next week - Happy Flannelling!


  1. Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's roundup - there are some great Valentine's and non-Valentine's ideas here!
    Sarah, you did a great job of rounding us up - I love your commentary on each link. Thanks also for mentioning the two extravaganzas coming up in March.

    **NEWS FLASH**
    I also wanted to point out to everyone participating in any forthcoming roundups that the link to the host's placeholder is now 'pinned' at the top of the Flannel Friday Group Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/flannelfridayfun/) while the host is accepting links. If you are looking at the page on a mobile version, it can be viewed in 'view pinned post/s' (towards the top of the page).

  2. LOL! LOVE the color-coded list! You did a "delectable" job with this week's Round-Up! **Apologies to your "wonderful high school English teacher". ;)

    I am on to the pinning of the creative goodness that everyone has shared this week.

    Thank you for hosting!
    ~ K ~

  3. The last link for Blowing Kisses isn't working for me. Is it just me???

  4. Not just you, I seem to have put the wrong link in. Sorry about that. It should be working now. Thanks for doing all of the pinning!

  5. I love looking at all the flannels each week and am starting to build my own flannel collection. I have to ask though. Who owns the flannels that you make? You or your library? If you change jobs, do your flannels come with you?

    I just don't want to put a lot of effort into making all my flannels and then find out that my flannels belong to the library. I read all my hiring info and the library policies, but nothing seems to address this fact (and I'm a bit scared to ask).

    Thanks for any help.

    1. Rachel,

      I actually just changed jobs and left all of my flannels (over 50 of them) behind. Depending on how you go about making them is generally the determining factor in if you get to take them with you or not. In my case I had made almost all of them during work hours (so I was being paid by the library) and using library materials.

      Many people make theirs at home with their own supplies and in that case you have every right to take them with you.

      If you have made them at work and leave you can always ask to take them, it never hurts. Or if you ask someone now just so that you know and can decided if you would rather spend the time at home. And when I left mine I asked my coworkers to let me know if they ever went to get rid of them and I would come get them.

      I know it is frustrating to put hours and hours (and hours and hours and hours) of work into something that has to be left behind. I have been in a bit of a flannel funk just thinking about re-making my favorites.

      If you are going to make them at work be sure to take pictures and keep templates that you use (I saved a lot as word files when I had clip art that I used for a general shape or to trace). Then, if you do end up going somewhere else you will have pictures and templates to work from.