Flannel Friday – Mother and Babies Match

I was looking through my flannelboards to find something for my Mother’s Day storytime and came across this one handed-down to me by my now-retired librarian mother.  It was taken from A Storytime Year by Susan M. Dailey. The templates for the patterns were from that book and others.

Mother and Babies Match
Start with one baby animal on the flannelboard.
This baby makes a mooing sound
When his mother’s not around.
Calf is the name of this baby.
What is his mother called?
Add the mother to the flannelboard after the audience answers.

Continue the rhyme, substituting the correct animal sounds and names.
Barking, puppy, dog.

Meowing, kitten, cat.

Quacking, duckling, duck.

Oinking, piglet, pig.

Growling, cub, bear.

Roaring, cub, lion.

Cheeping, chick, hen.

Soon you’ll have so many mothers and babies on your board they won’t all fit! (Or at least they didn’t all fit on mine!)
And if you have a bigger board, you can continue this with all sorts of different animal matches.  Make up new pairs until you do run out of room, or the audience is tired of guessing.

Today’s Flannel Friday roundup is hosted by Library Quine at Loons and Quines.  For more information on Flannel Friday, visit the Flannel Friday blog or Pinterest page.

4 thoughts on “Flannel Friday – Mother and Babies Match

  1. Such a fun way to extend the Mother’s Day theme and to add some interaction, too! Thank you for sharing a timely post. I am doing at least 3 Mommy and Me storytimes this week.

    I have a song about Mommies and Babies on the Farm called “Out in the Barnyard” so I have just what I need for this flannel! But I think I’ll add your fun Bear and Lion moms with their cubs. Could be interesting to just sneak them in and see if anyone notices and says,”Hey! They don’t belong on the farm!” Lol.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ K ~

    • I love it when you mix strange animals in like that! The other day I did an egg storytime and we were talking about sounds that animals who come out of eggs make. When we got to the platypus I asked, “And what sound does the platypus make?” Audience: “uhhhh….” Me: “I don’t know either!”

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