Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Visit my Etsy shop!

Hop on over to FlannelBoardFun on Etsy!  
The soft, colorful felt board sets there are perfect for children, preschool teachers, and children's librarians. My Travel Mats make it possible (and fun) to use the sets on the go--in the car, on a plane, and anywhere with the dreaded long wait! You'll find many of the sets I've featured here on the blog.  For custom requests, please send me a message by clicking the Contact button under my shop owner picture.


FlannelBoardFun Felt Sets and Travel Mats are classroom tested and teacher-made & -approved. Each item you order is carefully prepared and packaged to arrive safely and quickly, so children can dig right in as soon as possible!

Enjoy your visit!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Anytime Mapleson

  I recently had a request from a lovely librarian in Vermont for this set. It's based on a story I've never read, and it's out of print--Anytime Mapleson and the Hungry Bears by Mordicai Gerstein.  If you can find a copy, I recommend it--it looks pretty adorable!  I don't know the story in detail, but I'm sharing it here anyway in case anyone else knows the story and is also inspired to make their own set.  Or I can make one for you ;)  



Flannel Friday is going through some changes.  It will no longer be hosted each week on a blog--but it's got a new home on Tumbler, and and will still be pinned monthly to the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards :) 

Here's the Tumbler Page if you'd like to check it out, and here are the many amazing Pinterest Boards!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See?

I made this set as a custom order, and I didn't actually ask what she was going to use it for-- but after a quick google search, it looks like she may have been inspired by Jen in the Library or The Lion is a Bookworm.  In any case, this set can certainly be used in various ways, but will work really well as a St. Patrick's Day version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?



I've recently started making my sets even bigger than I used to.  This is my second upgrade in size, and I'm so pleased with the results.  Better for engaging larger crowds of kids--not to mention easier to cut, glue and paint!

This cute St. Patrick's Day set is available in my Etsy shop, along with many more of my sets.  All of my teacher and librarian sets are 15% off through 2/15/18!

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by one of my favorites!   Check it out! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chubby Snowmen (a re-post!)

I'm busy. And this week, I don't have something new to post for Flannel Friday, even though it was one of my (million and one) goals for the year.  Is it cheating to do a re-post from a couple of years ago?  If so, I guess I'm cheating!  But these guys haven't seen the light of day in a while since I'm not in the classroom anymore, so they needed to at least come out for a photo shoot and star appearance on my blog...plus they are 15% off from 2/1/18 - 2/15/18 in my Etsy shop (along with all of my other available teacher and librarian sets!) So without further jibber jabber, here are Five Little Snowman Fat!



And here is the accompanying rhyme/song:

Five Little Snowmen Fat
Five little snowmen fat,
Each with a funny hat.
Out came the sun and melted one,
What do you think of that?
Down, down, down, down.
What do you think of that?


I found the poem here, and used clip art as inspiration for the snowmen and their cute little accessories. I made two sets for each snowman--the second set got scattered onto a "puddle" made of  light blue felt. When each snowman melts I take him away and replace him with his puddle :) 

This week's Flannel Friday is being hosted by Lisa and Libraryland.  You can also access Flannel Friday at Pinterest or the Flannel Friday Blog for zillions of ideas!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jack and Jill

My goal this year is to post a new set weekly!  I'm not off to a great start, but hopefully Jack and Jill will be the start of good things for 2018...  Here they are, ready to be shared at a baby, toddler, or preschool story time.  I love good old fashioned nursery rhymes, and this was a fun one to make. 


I'm thinking most people already know the rhyme, but just in case...

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down, 
And broke his crown, 
and Jill came tumbling after!

If you have a bucket in your possession, this is a fun one to act out, too!  Paper crowns are a quick accessory to add.  A towel or blanket on the floor can be the hill...

This is a nice one to add if you're doing a nursery rhyme story time, or just need something fast and quick between stories.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Jessica!  Please also check out the Flannel Friday BlogFacebook, and Pinterest pages, which will give you tons of information and gazillions of ideas to spruce up your story times :)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Little Miss Muffet (2)

I’m going through some of my sets that were clip art based, and I’m updating them to use my own designs so I can sell them legally :)  Here’s my new set, and a link to My old set for more programming ideas.

Melissa is hosting Flannel Friday this week!  Please also check out the Flannel Friday BlogFacebook, and Pinterest pages, which will give you tons of information and gazillions of ideas to spruce up your story times :)


Friday, December 15, 2017

My Upcoming Holiday Shows!

*If you're not in the Pittsburgh area, my online shop is always open* 

 I'm so excited to participate in my first holiday craft show season!  Here are some of the amazing events where I'll be selling my sets--if you are in the Pittsburgh area, stop by to see me and many other local artists.  (If you're not in the 'burgh, shop local wherever you are!)












Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

How many times have I started making this set?  Oh, about a million.  Finally, I've come up with a pattern I like!  I'm adding this to my tiny collection of good old fashioned stories, which currently includes Goldilocks and The Three Pigs.  I plan to come up with some more over the next few months--stay tuned!



This set will soon be available for sale on my Etsy shop, and like all of my sets can be made larger if you're using it for larger audiences.  Just click the contact button under my picture on my Etsy shop main page.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Jen at Adventures in Storytime! Please also check out the Flannel Friday BlogFacebook, and Pinterest pages, which will give you tons of information and gazillions of ideas to spruce up your story times :)


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Mouse: Hanukkah Variation

I'm a big fan of the Little Mouse game and all its variations!  Proof?  Check out this old post.  I have a Hanukkah set that I've also posted about before, and wanted a new way to incorporate it into story times. Enter a Little Mouse variation! (I like this way of exposing kids to other cultures in a developmentally appropriate way.)





By using the rhyme...
Little __________, Little ___________
Playing Hide and Seek...
Are you behind the __________?
Let's take a peek!
...you can come up with almost endless variations, all while exposing the children to Hanukkah related vocabulary words.  Examples:

Hanukkah gelt, Hanukkah gelt, 
Playing hide and seek...
Are you behind the Menorah?
Let's take a peek!

Little latke, little latke, 
Playing hide and seek...
Are you behind the Nun dreidel?
Let's take a peek!

(Obviously you'll need to brush up on your Hanukkah knowledge if you don't have much of it (that was me before I started teaching in a school with a pretty high Jewish population!))  Great opportunity for you to learn along with the kids, if that's the case.

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Jen!  Please also check out the Flannel Friday BlogFacebook, and Pinterest pages, which will give you tons of information and gazillions of ideas to spruce up your story times :)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Build a Snowman

Joining his robot and farm friends in my selection of Toddler Sets, this Build a Robot set is my latest creation.  This is a perfect set to put out at a felt table or wall for kids to use independently, but it can also be used to accompany a snow or snowman story time (see my other snowman post here.)


This frosty fellow is available in my Etsy Shop right here.

Some fun snowman and snow books I like:
One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George
Red Sled by Lita Judge
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Snow by Manya Stojic
Snow Happy! By Patricia Hubbell
Snow! Snow! Snow! By Lee Harper
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor.


Amy is hosting the roundup this week!  You can also find lots of great ideas at the FF Pinterest Boards!