Friday, 9 September 2011

Flannel Friday - My First Flannel (or Dog's Colourful Day)

I think almost everyone who contributes to Flannel Friday has made a version of Dog's Colorful Day*, and here is mine.  It was the first flannel I ever made and I used it in a colour themed storytime. 

Following the links posted on Nikarella's Blog, I downloaded the pattern from Making Learning Fun.  Then I printed it on to card, transferred the dog to cream-coloured felt, drew the outline (inner line) freehand with black pen, just cut out the dots direct from the card and stuck Velcro dots on the reverse - job done!

Two good things came from this flannel board:

  • Firstly, the kids loved the interactivity - we had just a small group, few enough that the kids could have one dot each.  They each came up to the front and added thier dot when I read the page featuring their colour.  Later they also had a lovely time playing with the whole thing when storytime had finished.

  • Secondly, I showed the flannel to someone who was in a position to request funds for early years literacy projects, and she agreed to put in a request to purchase a flannel board easel for the library's exclusive use (for the time-being I am using either a piece of display board, or my homemade felt covered art canvas).  Yeah for Partnership working!

You can see more cool versions at:
So Tomorrow
What is Bridget Reading?
Storytime Katie
Awesome Storytime

There is an other version of the pattern (which is more like the dog in the book) in the book Storytime Magic and at the weblink for the book's patterns.  I have bought this book since and love just about everything in it!

The Flannel Friday roundup is a Mel's Desk this week!
*If you are wondering about the spelling, the library didn't own a copy of this book, so I bought a super cheap one from an online book retailers (a UK printing, so it was Dog's Colourful Day).


  1. So happy you were able to purchase a flannelboard! And Storytime Magic is one of my favorites as well.

  2. I am in complete awe of your mad outlining skills! Drawing on felt is such a tricky thing. Also, congrats on the new flannelboard purchase!

  3. Regard to outlining skills - I should have added a warning - 2 sharpies were used (up) in the making of this flannel!

  4. ...I cannot believe how smooth your outlines look! It's amazing!

  5. Don't know if it helped, but I ironed the felt first which seemed to flatten the fibres a bit.


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