Every day flannel board play

We have all types of felt boards in my classroom.  I am always making felt pieces to go along with a book we read or a topic we might be interested in.  Sometimes the children use the felt pieces as intended and other times they just play with them in ways that are more interesting to them…

These are our mini-felt boards. I made all the felt boards using the process that I blogged about earlier this year. You can see how to make your own felt board here

We set our mini-felt boards out on the table for play. I have six mini-felt boards total but they don’t only get used for felt. Sometimes, I set them out with other tools for play like these buttons.  The felt boards make a nice, soft, and quiet surface for the children to lay small items out in patterns or for sorting or just to explore…

I also have a several different sized felt boards that I use. We use felt boards to explore patterns or to play games like in the activity below…

And we use them to tell stories or to illustrate simple children’s songs and finger plays….

And hanging on the wall are two flannel boards down low with flannel board pieces out at all times for the children to explore…

I love using flannel boards throughout the classroom environment. I think flannel board pieces offer wonderful opportunities for story telling, imagination, and extended learning…

Any flannel (or felt) board activity I use during circle time, gets left out on the floor for the children to come back to and try on their own…

By leaving it out for the children to explore on their own, they can retell the story or rearrange the pieces as they like…

If you have a flannel board activity or post to share, I would love for you to share them!


By |2011-11-14T21:00:53+00:00November 14th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Tiffanie W. November 15, 2011 at 8:23 am - Reply

    You guys are great, I just love all the wonderful ideas that you give us childcare providers alike! Keep em coming…I use most of them often!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you Tiffanie:) I am glad you are finding a way to use the activities in your own classroom!! That’s awesome!

  2. Eddie November 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Thank for this! I do have some feltboard stuff but I needed some inspiration!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 15, 2011 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  3. Kimira November 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Deborah, I read your blog and go, what do you do about space? Do you have unlimited space in your school, or are you an organization wizard? I try to do activities like this at home for my kids, but get overwhelmed very fast

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Oh no – I have the smallest classroom EVER!! I do a lot of rotating and yes – major organizing. Oh – but I do have two spaces – one that is used during better weather (we are not using it right now) called the outdoor classroom and our indoor classroom. Our indoor classroom is teeny tiny:)

  4. Jen November 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your constant and cute posts! I have two children, and the oldest is 3 1/2, so I love getting ideas from you. Question – I made a flannel board and it doesn’t seem to grab things very well. I washed it beforehand – was that a mistake? Is felt better? Just wondering if you had any recommendations. I don’t think felt would stick to the board if it were standing straight up and down. Thanks again!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      I don’t know that washing hurt anything but it might have caused it to soften up it’s hold a bit. I use felt pieces only and they work well on the flannel but it isn’t the hard/stiff felt – it is the softer felt that seems to have the best hold.

  5. Nanci November 16, 2011 at 2:15 am - Reply

    When I saw the first picture it reminded me of another similar work I made — I made ice cream cones and scoops but wrote uppercase letters on the cones and lowercase letters on the scoops for them to match. Thanks for doing this blog — so many great ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      I didn’t think of doing it that way – what a great idea and we have been talking lots about upper and lower case letters!!

  6. Michelle December 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I love this idea!! What a great thing to make for kids to do during quiet time. Thanks for the wonderful idea. 🙂 I’ve linked back to your site and originally found you on Pinterest.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Welcome to my site:) Gotta love that Pinterest!

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