FELT BOARD STORIES
Felt, or flannel, board stories are an excellent way to teach preschoolers different things. They can learn counting, colors, abcs as well as different songs, stories and nursery rhymes.
MAKING FELT BOARD PIECES
There are a several ways you can make your felt board pieces. Here are a few of those ways:
1. Trace an image onto pelon (light weight see-through interfacing) using a permanent marker. Color with colored pencils or crayons. The pieces shown in the image to your right are made this way.
2. Cut pieces out of different colors of felt and glue pieces together as needed. If you are making pieces that don't have a lot of detail this is a great way to go. You could add detail using permenant marker or fabric markers.
3. Print images out on cardstock a colored printer(or black and white and color them), lamenate with a lamenator or with contact paper and glue a piece of felt or flannel to the back. You could also stick the pieces to your felt board with tape.
4. Print image out on T-shirt transfer paper and iron onto white felt. These are nice because they are quick and easy to make yet look nice and professional. They also can last longer than paper because the child can bend them without doing damage.
5. Print pieces onto pelon type cloth paper. I'm not sure where to find this type of material anymore but years ago I bought some and recently tried using them for felt board pieces and they work great! They are probably the same type of material you would use to print out photos for a photo quilt. They come in 8x10 pieces and can be printed in most colored printers.
6. Have your child draw a picture, or draw and color one yourself, on cardstock or posterboard. Lamanate the drawing and/or glue a piece of felt or flannel to the back.
MAKING MAGNET BOARD PIECES
These can be used in the same way as felt board pieces. Instead of a felt board, use the refridgerator, cookie sheet or a magnetic board.
1. Print images out on heavy cardstock.
2. If you're using contact paper, put it on before cutting out the pieces. If you are using a lamenator, cut pieces out and then lamenate.
3. Attach a small piece of magnetic tape to the back of your pieces.
4. Store in a ziplock bag.
MAKING FELT STORYBOARDS
There are many ways to make felt or flannel boards. I just sewed a piece of blue flannel to a piece of green flannel and hung it on a child's easel . It was fast, easy and I can easily take it down and fold it up when I'm not using it. You could also glue felt or flannel to cardboard. Below are a few more specific ways to make felt storyboards.
- Making a Felt Storyboard (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Kids Storyboard Instructions (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Travel Story Board (BillyBear4Kids.com)
WHERE CAN I FIND FELT PIECES?
Keep scrolling down! I have searched through several preschool sites and organized their felt board ideas and templates into categories.
NOTE: Full credit for these templates goes to the orignial creators. All copyrights should be strickly followed as described on the individual websites. You may not use these templates for resale.
If you are interested in purchasing already made felt board story pieces, you may be interested in some of the links to the right under "preschool resources" or some of the great felt sets below from Amazon..
- 5 Little Monkeys (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- 5 Little Pumpkins (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- 5 Red Apples (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- 5 Red Apples and 5 Little Apples (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- 5 Little Ducks (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- 5 Hungry Crocodiles (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
FAIRY TALE STORIES
- 3 Little Pigs (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- 3 Little Pigs (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- 3 Billy Goats Gruff (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- Here are several scripture story pieces that can be printed out, colored and lamenated (TheActivityCloset.com).
- Boy in the scriptures, such as Isaac, Samuel, David, or a shepherd
- Woman in the scriptures, such as Rebekah, Sarah, and Elisabeth
- Woman or girl in the scriptures, such as Esther, one of the ten virgins, or a handmaiden
- Man in the scriptures, such as Noah, Peter, or Lehi
- You can use these Making Friends dolls, print them out on t-shirt transfer paper and iron them onto white felt.
- Lady Bug Counting (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- One Grey Mouse (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- Ten Red Apples (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- Learn Your Colors - Ice Cream (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Butterflies (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Farm Animals (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Zoo Animals (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Ocean Life (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Penguins (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Bugs (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Pizza (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Ice Cream (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Gingerbread Cookies (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Peanuts (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Pie (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Watermelon (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Snowmen (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Winter (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Wind (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Button Snowmen (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- In This House (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
FELT BOARD BOOKS
- Old Lady/Swallowed Fly (PreschoolPrintables.com)
- Paper Doll (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Paper Doll Clothes (BillyBear4Kids.com)
STREETS AND CARS
- Streets and Cars (BillyBear4Kids.com)
- Circus (PreschoolEducation.com)
FLOWERS & PLANTS
- Flower Patterning (PreschoolEducation.com)
- St. Patrick's Day (PreschoolEducation.com)
- Thanksgiving (PreschoolEducation.com)
- 5 Little Christmas Trees (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- Valentines Day (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- 5 Little Pumpkins (Archjrc.com/ChildsPlace)
- Here are several other felt board story ideas (ourschoolfamily.com)