Welcome to my storytime journey.  Like others before me I want to share what I have done and hopefully inspire you for your own storytimes.

StoriesFlannel board stories are some of my favorite things to do during storytime. Since my storytimes tend to be smaller groups I love having children come up and help me manipulate the pieces. It gives them the opportunity to not only listen to a story but interact with it in a tactile way. Given the curious nature of little hands I have altered my approach in creating my flannels. I almost never glue anything now, but rather sew them for added strength.

Below are the flannel boards that I have created. When possible I will include a PDF of the words. If not, I will provide the title and author of the book that was my inspiration.


A House of Shapes

Recently I was going through our shelf of books giving ideas for for storytimes, fingerplays, and flannel boards and came across “Fingertales” by Joan Hilyer Phelps. A fortunate discovery as I found several flannel boards on themes we use on a yearly basis and don’t have a lot of flannel boards to use with. One of the flannel boards I found is “A House of Shapes.” This one does double duty. It works for both a Houses and Home theme as well as a shapes theme. It was very quick to put together. I did add some embroidery to the roof to make it a little more interesting to look at.

Some houses are wood and some are stone.
But let’s build one with shapes alone.

Start with a square, but we won’t stop.
Add a triangle up on the top.
Then a rectangle for the door.
Now square windows–1, 2, 3, 4!
A little circle just for fun.

Now our shape house is all done.

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me

I admit that it has been a while since I have posted anything. COVID certainly interrupted my normal process of creating flannel boards and providing storytimes. At long last I have managed to finish a flannel board. “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me” is based off the book of the same title by John Micklos Jr. I have only used about a third of the text of the book. However, it is very adaptable to counting and exploring the seasons.

When I put this flannel board together I made the leaves double sided. One side is green for spring and summer. The opposite side are fall colors. I also embroidered tree bark lines into the tree to make it more visually interesting.