How to Make a Flannel Board Box

When I was about 3 years old, I had a Sunday School teacher, Fern Peterson, who always told us flannel board stories. I loved her and all her stories.

Directions for flannel board box

Turns out, flannel board stories still work! I know this because, well, I tell a lot of them and kids are super, duper engaged.

For many years, I had a standard flannel board that I would use and it worked just fine. But then, one of my teachers made me a FLANNEL BOARD BOX!

I haven’t looked back. This thing is so snazzy! It allows me to be mobile at circle time and not stuck to one spot like by the book shelf where the flannel board has been glued.

With my mobile flannel board, if (ok, when) my friends start fooling around on the other side of the circle during the flannel board activity, no worries, I just stand up and move my body and the STORY.NEVER.STOPS!

I also love how it acts as a spot to store my flannels. I keep mine in separate ziplocks inside the box for activities I am currently doing at circle time. That means I always have my materials ready and waiting. When it’s time to start a flannel board activity, I simply reach for the box, open it up, and pull out the activity I am looking for.

This ways it keeps little hands out of my materials and older kiddos don’t get a sneak peek of what’s in store for them.

I’d love for you to have your very own flannel board box, so let’s get on to the directions:

Flannel Board Box Materials

1 Craft Box – can be found at Michaels or any craft store

1 large piece of flannel

Measuring Tape

E6000 Glue – found this at the hardware store

Flannel Pieces of your choice

How to Make it

To make the flannel board, measure your piece of flannel to fit the front panel of the box. Mine was 12 x 12 and I am guessing that is pretty standard.

Glue the backside of the flannel with the E6000 Glue. Make sure to get both the middle part of the flannel and the edges glued down well. You don’t want this stuff coming off during a super fun flannel story!

Side view of flannel board box.

That’s it!

My edges are a bit choppy. I think I will be investing in some new scissors!

Activities for FlannelBoard

Now that you have your flannel board box done, it is time to find some fun activities to do with it.

I personally love to tell stories using my flannel board. As soon as the kids see me bring it out they get so excited! Check out my retelling of a Russian Folktale, “The Enormous Turnip”.

I also love Pinterest for more Flannel Board ideas. My all time favorite source is “Flannel Board Fridays” on Pinterest.

They are mainly librarians with a TON of amazing flannel board ideas that will last you well into your 20th year of teaching and beyond. Click here to visit their boards.

That’s where I found this cute rocket ship song below. I for sure plan to use it the next time we do an outer space theme.

https://storytimemellie.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/flannel-friday-five-little-rocket/

Five Little Rockets

Five little rockets ready to zoom,

This one says, “There’s not enough room.”

It starts its engine;

Ready to fly,

Looks at the others and waves good-bye.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Four little rockets…[continue counting down to one rocket]

One little rocket ready to zoom,

This one says, “Everyone’s gone!”

It starts its engine;

Ready to fly,

Looks at us and waves good-bye.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Credit: Welcome to Story Time

If you end up finding a flannel board activity that your kids love, be sure to put a comment in the post below with a link to the activity.

Flannel Board Resources

As far as finding felt pieces for your flannel boards, you’ve got two choices, make them or buy them.

For those with time on their hands, check out this blog on making felt pieces using freezer paper.

If you are like me and finding the time to get crafty doesn’t happen, I either purchase my flannel pieces from Little Folk Visuals or find images online, laminate and affix velcro to the back. Works like a charm!

I have gotten the most mileage out of the Farm Flannel Board set from Little Folk Visuals. The set seems to have all the flannels I need for a lot of stories. If my story or activity require additional pieces not included in the set, I can easily make them with the flannel I have on hand.

Happy Flannel Boarding!

MusicallyMinded

A Seattle-based music education business specializing in early childhood music and movement classes founded by Jocelyn Manzanarez in September of 2003. Jocelyn held her first class in the basement of the Tahoma School District bus barn in Maple Valley, Washington with just six babies. Along with their mamas, Jocelyn cultivated the babies’ innate musical abilities and interests through play, song, movement and love. She knew her quest to touch as many young children as possible had begun. This first class will also be known as Musically Minded’s first Budding Beethovens.

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