Stories come alive when flannel board is included for children. I love retelling stories and in fact just created a new set of flannel board pictures for a class project. Our new flannel board set is The Three Little Pigs. I love Pinterest for ideas and then you have to figure out how you are going to make the flannel board. One new material I recently found is a product called milk filters. I bought mine at Fleet Farm. They are a bit expensive at about 15.00 but sure help to make a colorful character when you are not so artsy yourself.
With the filters you simply cut to an 8.5 X 11 sheet and run it through your printer. I used color ink, but you can print just in black and white and then hand color your art yourself. I then hot glued mine onto white felt for more durability, but you would not have to.
Flannel story activities increase participation and understanding of the story and hold interest for many children. Caregivers can move the pieces to show action or to tell the story simply by moving pieces in and out of the board. If you have not ever tried to make your own flannel board, I hope you will consider this fun story telling option.
I made the frame too simply by removing the glass from a frame and adding a piece of felt of any dark color. I chose a black piece of felt.