Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Homemade Flannel Board

It seems like lately I've been reading a lot about using flannel boards on various mom and teacher blogs and Websites. Then, while looking for something else on Amazon Mom, a flannel board set for the story "The Three Little Pigs" popped up as an item I might be interested in. Boy, was I! Baby Bear loves animals, especially pigs. Our copy of the book has too many words per page to hold his interest yet, though. So, I ordered the flannel board set (inexpensive and turned out to be very cute) and decided to use it as a visual for my own short, oral rendition. The only problem was that I didn't have a flannel board, but this was easily solved. I made my own!

I began by purchasing a cheap, unframed cork board and some flannel from Hobby Lobby. This board is about 11"x17".

I stapled the flannel to the cork board with my favorite bulletin board stapler from my teaching days.
Then, I told Baby Bear the story of the Three Little Pigs. He loved the huff and puff parts! My favorite part was when, instead of snorting for the pigs, he called out, "Wee wee wee!" like in the rhyme "This Little Piggy."

I also purchased some extra sheets of flannel for making my own pieces. For example, I want to cut out some different colored shapes to let Baby Bear practice learning his shapes and colors. I think I'm also going to purchase one more set for the story "The Three Bears." It seems fitting.

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