Templates for flannelboards are super nice, but it’s not hard to pull together some clip-art to make your own flannels without templates. I’m planning both a sheep storytime, and a Nursery Rhymes special program for this spring — so I tried to kill two birds with one stone by doing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as a flannelboard.
I started off with the Mary Had a Little Lamb Magnet Pages from Making Learning Fun. This has both the sheep and schoolhouse that I used, but I wanted a more contemporary looking Mary.
But I still needed the teacher, and the kids laughing and playing. So I turned to Google.
Keyword search: “teacher.” Found on second page of a Google search, limited by clip art.
Keyword search: “children laughing and playing.” Found it on the fourth page of a Google search, limited by clip art.
I did have to freehand the teacher’s legs and shoes. And I used the middle child as Mary, freehanding her clothes.
All my clipart files, sized and everything, available here.
And the final product:
And a close-up of the kids because they are my favorite flannel piece right now: