Felt & Flannel

Felt Storyboards

Noah prepares the ark

Young children learn through play, and they remember stories through acting them out and retelling them.  Felt & Flannel storyboards are South Haven Press’s newest product to help with this.    As with the Clothespin People, my first priority in making storyboards was to tell Bible stories.   In fact these storyboards were invented for a preschool playgroup that I run at my church.  My daughter, Jocelyn, design the pieces for me, and I cut them out with my Cricut machine.  Families received new pieces each week to reinforce the Bible story that we were learning.   Now I am creating more storyboards to be used while teaching Sunday school or homeschooling.

Joseph’s brothers sell him to Ishmaelite traders

How do they work? Felt shapes naturally stick to the flannelette board and to other felt shapes.   You can move the figures around the felt board to tell a story.  I have tried to make this a toy to play with as well as a story-telling tool.  My goal is to give as much play value as possible and make pieces as versatile as possible so that the same  pieces can be used for multiple stories.   Clothes are not attached,  and the people all face forwards in the same pose.  The Bible story characters have hair on the back of their heads, and can therefore be made to face away from the viewer. The clothes are interchangeable and people can “hold” items.    Special pieces open in some way, giving extra play value.  For example, the animals all go inside Noah’s ark., and the baskets can hold different items  such as apples, hay, and vegetables.   

The foundational piece is the flannel board,  which can be found in the In the Beginning… Bundle or purchased separately.  This bundle also contains various backgrounds and the pieces to tell Bible stories from the first part of Genesis (creation, Adam and Eve, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark). Many individual Bible storyboard play sets are available at present: In the Garden, Noah’s Ark, Abraham and Isaac, Joseph, Nativity, and Easter.  These will work for anyone who already has a flannel board.  

Two play sets are also available about life on a farm. You can either choose to care for animals At the Barn or harvest produce In the Field. If you don’t already have a flannel board, the On the Farm Bundle would be a great place to start.

Harvest is done

The Felt and Flannel storyboard bundles are self-contained.  The double-sided (blue and black) board folds up and fits inside a zippered storage bag along with the background pieces.  A second zippered compartment can hold large pieces and a separate zippered mesh pouch holds the smaller bits.  Each additional storyboard play set comes in its own mesh pouch which fits inside the larger storage bag.

Board, bag and backgrounds

Pizza Play Food

It didn’t seem like such a big jump to go from making felt storyboards to felt pizza.  I guess I wanted to see if it was possible.  Do you remember playing restaurant, complete with menu and play food?  I bet your kids like to do that as well.  Imagine if you could actually have the ingredients to make a pizza to order?  Imagine if your children could practice matching patterns by making pizza in their play kitchen.  Imagine a wipe-off order sheet that can be used again and again…. Well, I did and here it is!

This pizza has six saucy slices. Add the toppings as you like to make your pizza your way.