Friday, January 31, 2014

Flannel Friday: Who is Tapping at my Window?

This week, I am sharing another flannel board idea based on a poem I recently read to my daughter. It is entitled "Who is Tapping at my Window?" and was written by A.G. Deming. It can be found in A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa, and thanks to Google Books, you can read it online.

I like this poem as a read-aloud because it's very repetitive and has a strong rhythm that becomes really obvious when speaking the words out loud. It also reinforces kids' understanding of familiar animals (dog, cat, hen), but also introduces a few that kids might not know about (hare, cony, wren).

The clipart images I used in the Google Drive presentation below all come from Many were in the flashcards and clipart sections, but for a few, I had to comb through the story props section. Also, they didn't have a wren or a cony, so I used a generic bird and a rabbit. I added in speech bubbles as well, but I would definitely consider those optional.

This poem works well for an animal theme or weather theme, or just as an easy way to slip some poetry into story time. Find my animal-themed story times here, and my rain-themed story times here.

Today's Flannel Friday round-up is hosted by Lisa at Thrive After Three. For more on Flannel Friday, visit the official website.


  1. I really like this idea! I have always shied away from used digital presentations with my younger kids, but this is inspiring me... Do you show your daughter on your computer screen or do you use some sort of device (iPad, Kindle, ect)?

    1. My daughter is only 2 months old right now, so I just read the poem aloud to her at this point. Later on, I'd like to actually print out the clip art and use the images as stick puppets. I will wait until she is at least two years old before we introduce any screen time.

      I did use digital presentations in the library, though, with ages 3-7. I always had small groups of kids in that age range, so I just used an iPad and let the kids gather around to look. In a larger group, it would probably be better to project it onto the wall. If you want some concrete ideas for using digital stuff with little ones, I really recommend checking out the website Little eLit (, which focuses on digital early literacy activities.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. So sweet, I love this! Thank you for sharing & the digital creation :)


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