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 receive new pieces each week to reinforce the Bible story that we are learning. As I complete the development of large sets, I will make them available for sale here.
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. This makes the clothes interchangeable and allows them to “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 flannelboard, which can be found in the In the Beginning… Bundle. 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). Two individual storyboard play sets are available at present: In the Garden and Noah’s Ark. These will work for anyone who already has a flannelboard. I am working on completing the stories in Genesis and have many other ideas for future themes: as well. “On the Farm”, “At the Zoo,” and “My Family” are currently in the idea stage.
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.
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.