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Good Nursery Rhyme Pieces for Flannel Boards

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    • Adding visual props to a story can make sharing it more fun for storytellers and children. A simple flannel or felt board, either purchased or homemade by covering a board or sturdy piece of cardboard with flannel or felt, lends itself to a variety of storytelling uses. You can reinforce specific skills, such as colors or numbers--or allow children to use the board to make up their own stories or retell familiar rhymes. Use templates or images you draw/print to create your own nursery rhyme flannel board sets.

    Hey Diddle, Diddle

    • Print out, laminate and apply felt or sandpaper to the back of figures of a cat, fiddle, cow, moon and dog. You can find templates online or draw or trace the figures directly onto felt and cut them out. Introduce the figures one at a time as you say each verse. For example, bring the cat out, then the fiddle. Place them to the side of the board and bring out the cow and the moon, and so on until you finish the rhyme.

    Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

    • Re-enact this nursery rhyme using a large pumpkin flannel board piece, a figure of a man (Peter) and a woman (his wife). Hide Peter's wife under the pumpkin when you get to the end of the rhyme, which describes him putting her in a pumpkin shell.

    Pussycat, Pussycat

    • Make flannel board figures of the queen, cat, chair and mouse. For maximum durability, print the figures onto card stock or another sturdy paper. Recite the story, hiding the mouse under the chair and performing other actions along with the rhyme. Let the children take turns telling the story from different perspectives such as that of the mouse or the queen.

    Georgie, Porgie

    • Print out or make several boy and girl figures, as well as images of puddings and pie (since he's "Georgie Porgie, Pudding and Pie"). Make sure you add large lips to the two main characters so that Georgie can bestow kisses. Start with one figure of a boy "Georgie" (surrounded by a pudding and pie) and one figure of a girl. Add more boys and girls to the board when you come to the part of the rhyme where "the boys came out to play." Make Georgie disappear when other children appear.

    Three Little Kittens

    • Create flannel board figures of three cats and three sets of mittens. Be sure the cats are large enough to wear the mittens. Color the cats in shades of white, brown, black or gray and the mittens in primary colors. Recite the rhyme once or twice in its original form, then add colors into it, such as "One little white kitten lost his blue mitten and he began to cry...."

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