The best board for the preschool classroom

A few years ago, I decided to buy a large square wooden framed box canvas. Let’s just say it wasn’t cheap but it happens to be one of the best boards you can buy for the preschool classroom.

I covered my board with felt so it can be used as a large flannel board. You can see how to make a flannel board by clicking here. I love having a large surface to share felt or flannel board stories and games with the children.

But I don’t just use it as a flannel board. I quickly discovered that this board makes a great space for large group activities on the floor.

Because it has plenty of space for the children to work on, the children enjoy being able to sit around it and work together.

I also change up the board by adding colored tape lines for graphing or sorting and other activities and of course, you can leave the felt off and simply invite the children to paint or write on the board too.

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By |2018-11-02T10:54:28+00:00September 22nd, 2017|

About the Author:

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. Ellen October 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Would a large piece of thick cardboard work as well? To make my flannel boards, I get a large piece of cardboard and cover it with flannel. I use duct tape to hold down the flaps in the back of the cardboard.

    • Deborah Stewart October 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I love it! I think almost any sturdy surface will do the trick!

  2. Carla May 24, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

    How did you adhere the felt to the canvas?

    • Deborah Stewart June 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      We staple the felt to the back side of the canvas using a staple gun!

  3. Lyn Tschritter October 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    How big is the canvas ? (dimensions)

    • Deborah Stewart October 15, 2018 at 1:22 am - Reply

      This one is about 24″ by 24″.

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