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Using the Flannelboard Picturespicture of children looking at a flannelboard

Mount the pages on tagboard or use them as they are. Rubber cement will allow you to glue without having the paper curl or become brittle.

Print the story and letter or activity with which each picture is to be used on the back of each picture.

You may cover the fronts of the pictures with clear contact paper, if you wish, to preserve them for extended use.

Cut out the pictures along the edges, or just cut each picture out in a circle or oval shape if you don't wish to take the time to cut along the edges.

Glue bits of sandpaper, sticky-back velcro (this is our favorite method - it's available in most fabric shops), felt, or flannel to the backs of the pictures to make them adhere to your flannelboard (or magnetic tape to allow you to use your refrigerator as a magnet board).

Build a library of flannelboard pictures by placing each month's pictures in a plastic bag. Or, you might want to collect them in file folders and separate them in specific categories such as animals, vehicles, foods, etc.

To Make A Simple Flannelboard…

A simple flannelboard can be made by covering a hardboard oil painting canvas with a length of colored flannel, using bedsheet folds on the corners, and securing the edges to the back with masking tape or glue. This type of flannelboard can be very portable and is easily stored.

An apron made of flannel also makes an interesting "flannelboard." Make a pocket at the bottom so that you can store the flannelboard pictures until you need them in the story that you're telling.

For providers who use their family living room as a circle time area, try having the children sit on the floor in front of the sofa. Then sit on the sofa yourself as you tell the story and use the back of the sofa as your flannelboard.