Flannelboards || Flannel Friday || Finger Puppets & Props

Click on any of the pictures below to be taken to the blog post about that flannelboard. At the post, you’ll find out how I made the flannelboard and how you can make one yourself. If you want to know which book/rhyme/song is pictured, hover over the picture for the title to appear.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

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Last Updated: 12/8/15

63 comments on “Flannelboards

  1. Kelly
    December 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    I love these flannelboards!! I’m working on the “Seals on the Bus” one right now but I’d love to make the Maisy with the colored houses one. Unfortunately I can’t find the link on the Collaborative Summer Library Program website 😦 I went to the archives and checked last summer’s theme, but no luck. You don’t happen to have the template saved do you? Thanks so much!

    • Katie
      December 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

      I don’t have the template saved actually. It came in our Summer Reading Program idea binder, but was unfortunately lost this summer during our library’s flood. So sorry!

  2. Coral Sutton
    August 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I absolutely adore this blog! I ran across it while looking for ideas for my library story hour, and I am so glad! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas; I was previously daunted at the idea of creating my own flannelboard and “puppets”. Now, all that has faded away to excitement =)

    • Katie
      August 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

      I’m glad that the blog excited you! Flannels are my favorite part of storytime. 😀

  3. Deanna
    September 14, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    thank you for the wonderful ideas

    • Katie
      September 16, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Thank you for reading!

  4. Eilis
    September 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I just found your blog – LOVE your ideas!

    • Katie
      September 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you!

  5. sumaya
    October 2, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    is there any way you could put or show how you make your flanneboard stories for different stories

  6. Jennifer
    December 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Very informative and interesting.

  7. Alexandra
    February 14, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    I love your site! We homeschool, and I have been trying to find activities for my toddler that his older sister can do with him and your flannel boards have given me so many ideas. Thanks!

    • Katie
      February 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      I’m glad that you’ve gotten ideas — I hope that your kids get a lot of fun out of playing with flannelboards!

  8. Susan Pflug
    February 27, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Your blog is great for felt board lovers, and I am pleased that you are using my rhyme, “Ten Teddy Bears.” However, I would like acknowledgment. Heidi (SurLaLune Storytime) has removed it from her site. I don’t require that, but I do require attribution. Another site owner has continued to use it with proper attribution. As with much of what is used without permission on Internet, this rhyme went through many hands before reaching you. This one started with a library website several years ago, but the ownership is mine. I have written a book of felt board activities and it is very important to me to have that acknowledgment. Thank you. Susan Pflug

    • Katie
      February 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      I have taken down the rhyme and attributed you as the author. When I corrected the Flannel Friday post, I forgot about this page — thank you for the reminder and I wish you the best!

  9. Amy Staples
    March 10, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Thank you, Thank you, Storytime Kate!
    I will try these – I just can’t wait!

    • Katie
      March 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      You’re welcome! (And thank you for the rhyme!)

  10. Leoa Linamen
    March 27, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I am trying to find patterns for the story “Is Your Mama a Llama”. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks so much, I love your hard work…

    • Katie
      March 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      I do not know of any templates for that story — there are quite a few for sale on Etsy though, which could give you ideas to make your own. Hope that helps!

  11. Erika
    April 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I am a kindergarten teacher and I have just discovered your blog!!! What an outstanding source of ideas . I can’t wait to start making sets of flannel board pictures!!!!!!! Thank you!

    • Katie
      April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      You’re welcome — I’m glad to have helped you get some inspiration!

  12. Tammy
    September 9, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I love your site!! Your flannels are much more intricate than I could ever produce and are very beautiful. Look forward to following your posts and getting many more ideas. Love that you include where you got your ideas and templates.

    • Katie
      September 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Thank you so much!

      I’m glad that you are taking ideas away from the blog, and I’m sure that your flannels are lovely. I always try to give everyone the tools to make their own flannels because they are so well-received in storytime! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a note!

  13. Bladerunner5
    September 14, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I was really impressed by your flannelboard pieces, especially the elephants and Olivia’s family. Nice work!

    • Katie
      September 19, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Thank you! Olivia’s family was one of my favorites to make!

  14. Laura Wager Van Cleve
    October 9, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    thank you!!! Fall Leaves here I come!!! The kids at the Richton Park Library will be so happy to have new and exciting flannel boards!

    • Katie
      October 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Enjoy them!!

  15. Vicki Wadsworth
    June 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Where do I find the words?? The flannel stories look soooo cute!! Thanks

    • Katie
      July 5, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      If click on each photo, it will direct you to the blog post where I talk about my source material. If it’s a rhyme/song, words are there. If it’s a book, I don’t put words up for copyright reasons.

  16. Michelle Newman
    June 23, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    I love the birds!!! What story and ryhme do you use?

    • Katie
      July 5, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      I still haven’t used that one yet! Someday soon, I hope!

  17. Liz S
    July 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I feel like I just hit the jackpot- Thank you SO much for sharing!! What do you use to cut your felt so perfectly?

  18. J. Ivy Boyter
    July 9, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Katie, I’m very excited to have found your blog! I recently had someone make me a travel flannel board (I don’t sew) and I’m planning to work on some felt activities with my toddler. I’m hoping you wouldn’t mind helping me to choose the best felt for my board activities? I’ve not worked with felt much so I want to make sure not to waste money…

    • Katie
      August 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      I actually just use the $0.30 felt that you find at most craft/hobby stores. I’ve made a few purchases on Etsy for higher-quality felt when making friends/family gifts, but for the library — I want these pieces to be able to be handled and used without worrying about the cost of having to replace pieces. As of today, it’s been three years and I’ve only had to replace pieces due to loss rather than wear.

  19. Janice Zoerman
    October 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I have just now found your site and I love it!!! I use feltboard activities/stories often with my toddlers and they love it!! This just gave me some new ideas to make a few more. Thanks!!

    • Katie
      October 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      Thank you!

  20. Kim Wilson
    October 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! Your Storytime ideas are wonderful!! I work with Children’s storytime at my library and I have gotten a lot of wonderful ideas from your blog. Thanks so much!

    • Katie
      October 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!

  21. Karen
    December 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Thank you for the great ideas. I have changed from teaching pre-k to 2’s and needed some more age appropriate ideas. Cant wait to try them.

  22. Inga
    June 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    I Love the felt board themes. I haven’t created since the “Five Little Ducks,” about three years ago. I have to create the “Three Little Pigs (+).” Thanks!

  23. Veronica havers
    September 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Could you please tell me where I can get the templates for these. They are wonderful!

  24. Jane
    October 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Love the designs! I was wondering if there are copyright violations on the felt board sets that are based on books?

    • Katie
      November 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      My personal opinion is that it falls under fair use. I’m not making any money off of my flannels (I do not sell them) and I’m using them in an educational early literacy situation. If you’re worried, I would ask your library’s/school’s legal team.

  25. Kelly
    May 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    I love, love, love this website. Thank you StoryTime Katie! I am using a lot of your Alphabet Ideas at home with my 3 year old as I have fun reading and teaching him!

    • Katie
      May 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      You’re very welcome! Thank you for reading and enjoy the time with your son!

  26. Sorrae
    October 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    I absolutely love your flannel sets! Do you by chance sell any of these? Etsy,TPT,etc.?

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      No, I’m sorry. I don’t sell any of my flannel sets.

  27. Erica Ross
    November 4, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Hi, newbie here!! You call them flannelboards, but you use felt. Are the “boards” made of flannel? I also see you use the felt sheets, would you say the felt bolts are better/worse than the sheets? I am wanting to make several things like this for my 15 month old for Christmas!! Thank you!!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      All of the “flannel” is actually felt. I have no idea why its called flannel actually! The felt sheets are cheaper but the felt bolts are better quality. Just depends on what you’re expecting the wear and tear to be.

  28. Jecca
    November 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    these are fantastic!!! I have a question that may be totally ignorant. I’m trying to put together some flannel board pieces and I’m curious about what adhesive works best to attach pieces together. Hot glue? Elmers? Iron on adhesive?

    Thank you for all your help!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      I recommend using Alene’s Tacky Glue.

      Thank you for reading!

  29. Katie
    February 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    Your felt board stories look amazing.
    Do you sell them ?

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      No, I don’t sell them. Sorry!

  30. ckindice
    January 20, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    How do you store all of your felt stories?

  31. Sheyanne ressler
    April 7, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Would you ever make these to sell them !?! I am a one year old teacher and I love using the felt board!!

    • Katie
      April 7, 2017 at 11:58 am #

      No, I don’t make any of the flannelboards to sell.

  32. Sandra Arnold
    June 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

    What kind of board do you use to put the felt cut out on?

  33. Susan Grech
    January 13, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi , i made a flannel board but not sure how to stick the small flannel pieces to make the story. Do i need to put velcro on the back? Thanks for your advice.

    • Katie
      January 13, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

      Most felt sticks to other felt. So, I don’t use velcro because I have a large felt board to stick the pieces to. You might need to use velcro depending on your board. Thanks!

  34. Dana Huff
    July 9, 2022 at 9:02 am #

    PreK teacher here and I am wanting to incorporate flannel stories into my reading center. I love your stories and your post says you explain how to make them but I haven’t found that yet. Can you please tell me how I can make these or buy them or?? I am wanting to work on these this summer so I have some for back to school. Thank you!

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