Friday, April 30, 2010

Using Flannelgraph Even on a Tight Budget


When I started looking into using flannelgraph, I emailed my aunts and Mom for suggestions as they have used this form of Bible teaching for years. Thank you, Aunt Karla, for these suggestions!

Purchasing flannelgraph sets can be very expensive. But there are ways to create your own!

- Backgrounds are cool but they are extra. Cover a large piece of very heavy cardboard with light colored, solid piece of flannel. You have created a flannelgraph board.

- Characters and objects can be made by using pictures from coloring sheets. When I created the Bible Coloring Worksheet book I had flannelgraph in mind.   Color (or have your child color) the character.  Cut it out. Put felt or sandpaper on the back of the figure and stick to a flannelgraph board. And you have a homemade flannel graph set.

- Kids love to make their own flannelgraph set. Instruct the child to draw characters to cut out.  Back with felt or sandpaper.  Create small boards by covering some cardboard squares with flannel or felt.

- Flannelgraph is not limited to Bible stories. Use it to teach colors, numbers, letters, or anything else in the curriculum.

6 comments :

  1. I made several child sized flannel boards for my kids a while back, by glueing felt to a small corkboard from the Dollar Tree. They work great.

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  2. I am planning on making my own flannel graph for the curriculum. How do I know how to incorporate my board into the curriculum instead of the Betty Luekens board?

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  3. That is a good question. I haven't used other flannelgraph so I am unsure of how to answer your question. I would suggest that you go to the ABC Jesus Loves Me Group on Facebook and see what other moms and teachers have done.

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  4. I too, am making my own! I bought the betty lukins guide for like 5 dollars on amazon which tells me what pieces i need:)
    sheila trigg coito on facebook

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  5. Can you make felt boards the same way??

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  6. Cover a piece of thick cardboard with felt. You can buy the thick pieces at hobby shops. Make the board size in relationship to your pictures.

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