Friday, March 23, 2012

Flannel Friday: Let's Make a Noise by Amy MacDonald

Today's Flannel Friday is yet another rhyme from Stories and Fun for the Very Young. (The others I've posted about are Snazzy Aunties by Nick Sharratt and I Can... by Helen Oxenbury, the art from which I used to accompany my own rhyme.) This one is very, very simple and therefore absolutely perfect for my baby and toddler groups. I think I will probably incorporate it into my Spring baby lap time sessions when they start in a couple of weeks.

The title of the rhyme is "Let's Make a Noise." Amy MacDonald wrote the simple text, and Maureen Roffey did the colorful illustrations, which I then blew up on the copy machine. I won't type up the whole rhyme here, to be respectful of copyright, but if you can't get your hands on the book, you can email me for the full text. For now, though, I'll just list each animal/object/person and the noise it makes.

Dog... WOOF

Train... TOOT TOOT
Cat... MEOW
Sheep... BAA-AA

Truck... BRMM, BRMM

 Baby... WAAAH

There are lots of ways to adapt this concept to flannel board pieces you might already have, and I think these would also be really great pop stick puppets - at least when blown up to a fairly large size. I am already thinking of ways to use individual pieces on their own as puppets. 

Today's Flannel Friday host is Cate. The full Flannel Friday archive is kept by Anne. Next week, don't forget our 2012 Summer Reading "Dream Big, Read" Theme Extravaganza. I'll be in New York, but I hope to post at least a preview of my summer reading flannels ahead of time so I can participate.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Thanks for the reminder of next week's extravaganza. Not sure if I will have anything ready because we have a ton of special programs happening over the next little while. Summer planning will be on hold for me. :-( But I can't wait to see what everyone has to share!

    Cute flannel pieces! I looked the book up in my library's system and no luck. :-( Do you need my email?

    Apparently one of the libraries had a copy at one time and now they don't. I would love to have a copy of the words. Are these all of the pictures from the book?

    Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Summer planning is in the very early stages for me, so I doubt I'll have any photos or anything yet, but I've been jotting down ideas all year, so I have something to work with.

      Yes, please send me your email so I can send you the text to the rhyme.

      The pictures I copied are all of the ones that go with this rhyme. They appear in circles all around the text. They copy really well - the colors are so bright!

    2. I love the simple lines and bright colors of the pictures. Perfect choice for the little ones! You did a great job!

      My email is

      Thank you for offering to send the words!

  2. Could you please email me the text to the rhyme as well? My library system doesn't have it either!

    My e-mail is

    I love all the ideas on your blog - thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Amy, Could you please email me the text too?? -- If you still have it handy? I'm reading your latest posting of your favorites of 2012.

    I think you've shared with me before -- the Helen Oxenbury flannel test.

    Thanks so much, Donna

    1. Sure, I'll send it along when I go into work tomorrow and can get my hands on it.

  4. I have the book and I am using your flannel board idea for my baby storytime on sounds. Thanks for the great idea!!


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