Today’s original flannelboard is a very special one to my heart. It’s based on Lois Ehlert’s Color Zoo:
“Color Zoo” is the first book I remember being read to me in my kindergarten school library. I was enthralled with this book and was so thankful that Mr. J read it to us! It’s a perfect memory — I remember that carpeted sunken reading area so well. I can even tell you where the Pinkerton books are if you happen to have a time-turner.
For the template, I made photocopies of the book and used that as my patterns. There is a LOT of measuring if you choose to make it this way, which mirrors the book. You can always do it as a build-your-own like Lisa from Libraryland did.
I used this flannelboard in a shapes theme for a partnership storytime (Play to Learn with the DuPage Children’s Museum) this fall and for a boxes theme for my family storytimes. Both groups really enjoyed it, in particular my family storytime group!