Sunday, November 29, 2015

Five White and Fluffy Sheep

These guys have been sitting waiting for me to apply their "wool" for several weeks!  I finally got around to getting them all cozified today, so here they are in all their toasty glory :)







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I got this idea from Kathryn, and I'm looking forward to using it soon.  I should probably add a little more fleece to cover their little eyes when they are "fast asleep" in the pasture, or maybe just move the little fuzzy head piece lower...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hooray for Hat!


This is another case of not having read the book (Hooray for Hat) before making a flannel version of it.  Luckily with this one I adore the story and am so glad I shamelessly copied Laura's version.  I've used this with equal success in my two-year-old class as well as my three-year-old class.  Love it!

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Froggy Gets Dressed

We used to have a copy of this book (Froggy Gets Dressed) in the classroom, but at some point over the past several years it went missing.  Once again I was moved to do a flannel version based on Storytime Katie's perfectly snipped version :)

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The Biggest Thing in the Ocean

To be honest, I hadn't read this story (I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean) before I made the flannel board version (got the pattern here), and now that I've read the story I don't really like it all that much. There were so many posts on other blogs about how much the kids love it that I did it sight unseen... I haven't used it yet, but hopefully the kids will like it more than I do!  I will adjust my attitude appropriately before I attempt a reading :)  (Editing to add the the kids love this!  We got the book for the classroom, and after reading it I showed them the flannel board pieces, and they asked for it every day this week!  I like it a lot more now as a result of their interest.)


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I'm editing to add that I practically copied Storytime Katie's version of this piece for piece...  Can't really improve on perfection!  Hope she doesn't mind--but I'll try to be a little more creative in the future!




Who Sank the Boat?

Here's another story that was included on a list of books that translate well into flannel boards  Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen.  I got the pattern here.




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Friday, November 27, 2015

Dear Zoo

Ah, Storytime Katie how you inspire me!  Though I didn't follow all of Katie's techniques, I was determined to make those cages and zoo critters after seeing what a wonderful job she did.  I used sheets of black sticker felt and cut them into strips using an exacto knife and this ruler.  I used a hole punch to make the black circles, and a rectangular hole punch to make the smaller lock parts on the camel's cage.  Fabric paint for smaller dots and animal eyes...

When I know I'm going to layer pieces on the board, I tend to make only the bottom layers using the collage method. I really love the way the black background looks using that method, but the pieces are a lot stiffer and thicker, so they don't stick as well to each other and can topple right off the board mid-story.  So with Dear Zoo, for example, I used the collage method for the animals, but just did plain, un-backed felt for the cages so they would layer easily and not fall off the animals.










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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dog's Colorful Day

Everyone seems to make this one, so I figured I would too!  I used clip art for all the "accessories" that color dog throughout his day...  Got the pattern for Dog right here.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mouse's First Fall

I love the simplicity of Mouse's First Fall.  It's the first flannel board story I created without copying someone else's idea, so I'm making it my first post on this blog.

I scanned a page from the board book and traced Mouse and Minka.  I used clipart for inspiration for the leaves.





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The picture below shows how I store most of my flannel board stories:  a zip lock bag, the words to the story, and a labeled piece of card stock cut down to fit in the bag.  Sometimes if there aren't a lot of words, I just write them out onto the card stock.  Sometimes a story or felt set will have various ways to be used, so all the different songs/words/chants/etc. are printed out and stored in the bag too.