Okay, I will admit it-I didn't make a new flannelboard for this week as I am heading out on vacation as of 5 p.m. on Thursday. I have been working on a presentation that I will be doing with three of my colleagues (Alicia, Lisa, and Kara) in October at the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference called "50 Apps in 50 Minutes". Since I have been living and breathing apps as I work on this, I thought I would show off one of the apps that works well in a story time environment.
Sock Puppets is a free app for iPads and iPhones. When I use it with a story time group, I design my puppets and usually add in some silly features (mustaches!). After I create my puppets, I record one of the songs that I will be using that day to make a video. When I press "play", the puppets will then sing the song. This works great for me as when I am up front singing, I want a cd, background music, or Sock Puppets playing along to accompany me.
If you do use this app in story time, I would recommend looking at the size of your group, then looking at your screen to make sure they can see the puppets. If they can't or you have a larger group, you may want an Apple TV so everybody can see. This is not something that I pull out every week, but it is a fun tool from my arsenal to make story time memorable.
While I haven't done it yet, I also see the potential in this app for a big kids' creation program. Kids could create their puppets and content, then put on their shows for everybody in attendance.
This week's Flannel Friday round-up is hosted by Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime. If you work at a public library between Metro Detroit and Washington, D.C., you may see me popping in for a visit over the next week.