Quick tip for storing your preschool flannel board stories

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 30, 2011

in Flannel Board Stories, Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers, Storing Flannel Board Pieces, Storing Flannel Board Pieces

I am always making and collecting flannel board stories and games for my classroom. I love how flannel board stories and activities can capture the attention of young children and get them involved in circletime. I will be posting several of our flannel board activities throughout this school year but today, I want to show a few tips for storing flannel board pieces…

One of my favorite ways to store flannel board pieces is through what I call a “3-Ring Binder System”…

On the cover of the binders, I slip in a title page to help me easily know the kind of flannel board pieces I store in each binder…

There are two ways I store the flannel boards inside the binders. One way is by using gallon sized ziplock baggies. I simply punch three holes through the baggies and thread them onto the rings of the binder. I like the ziplock so that I can keep small pieces from falling out…

The second way I store flannel board pieces inside the binder is by putting them in plastic sheet protectors (available at most office supply stores). The flannel board pieces will slide out of the protectors so you can put a piece of sticky back velcro at the top to close the top. You can also put small flannel board pieces in a lunch-sized baggie and drop the baggie in the plastic sleeve…

I try to put my flannel board pieces in the binders in order of title but sometimes I organize them by shapes, colors, numbers, holidays, themes, and so on. You really have to decide what makes sense to you as to how you want to organize the flannel boards once you put them in the binders…

You may have noticed that with some of the flannel board pieces, I also slip in a favorite book that goes with the flannel board. I keep some paper back children’s books in the binder as well to read along as I share a similar flannel board story or song…

I also keep a copy of any poems or songs that might go with the flannel board. I don’t always need them buy it is nice to have the words right there in case I am drawing a blank…

This particular set of flannel boards are ones I purchased from Glitterful Felt Stories. I usually make my own set but when I find a good deal on a set already made for me, I jump on it…

Here are a few links to felt fun you might like to check out…

See how to make this simple felt board from Time for Play or make this cute flannel board from Oopsey Daisy

“Mouse, Mouse”  from Plan Your Preschool

Four Seasons in One Day” from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

“Weather Songs” from Counting Coconuts

Build a Felt Cupcake from Alphamom

DLTK’s Felt Board Templates

 

Make a Monster from Little Learner’s Lounge

Frightening Faces from Serving Pink Lemonade

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1 sara July 30, 2011 at 3:14 am

I very much like this idea. I love everything organised, and I appreciate you sharing. I just won a Montessori book, so am excited to do something different with my class, something hands on like Montessori, and these felt ideas are great.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 30, 2011 at 7:28 am

Thank you for stopping by Sara! Congratulations on your recent winnings!

3 pammypam July 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

oh THANK you for the idea. i have lots of flannel board items which forget to get used because i cannot keep track of them. this is the PERFECT idea!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

You will like this then – it is so easy and one of my essential tools!

5 Lori July 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I enjoy your blog very much and also just recently started following you on Pinterest. I especially like your last blog post as I just did a post about classroom organization. I may link to your idea if you don’t mind. Also, I grabbed your button. Please grab mine as well if you like my blog! Thanks!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I will stop by Lori! Thanks for following!

7 Amy July 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Love this idea! I was cruising Micheals today and spied some felt that I wanted to turn into a story board.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Oh – keep me out of Michaels because I would come away with much more than felt!!

9 Tina July 31, 2011 at 4:47 am

Thank you for your suggestions! reading this post I have discovered the flannel boards! It is amazing as in different countries we use different things and in Italy in all the kindergarten I have been I have never seen this kind of board. I am going to make one for my kids at school … any suggestions?
In which way the pieces sticks on the board?
Grazie!
Tina

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

How interesting to learn the differences between the teaching tools of different countries. The best material for your board is flannel. This post gives directions on how to make a board with flannel: http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2010/05/make-your-own-flannel-board.html . The pieces you put on the board then should be made of felt. The flannel is very soft and the felt is course. The course fibers of the felt will stick to the soft flannel. I hope this helps you understand a little better:)

11 Shannon July 31, 2011 at 8:06 am

I love your storage ideas for felt stories and games. I have never used felt before in my classroom and I recently made it a goal to start this year. Thanks for the super ideas!!

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

Once you start using them, the ideas are endless! Have fun!

13 Karen @ PreKinders July 31, 2011 at 9:20 am

Neat idea!

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thanks for stopping by Karen:)

15 April August 2, 2011 at 12:29 am

Great minds think alike! This exactly how I store my felt board stories, but now that I think about it…its been months since I have had it out! I need to do it again!

http://apgacruz.blogspot.com/2009/09/felt-board-pieces-organization.html

16 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 2, 2011 at 2:01 am

Yes they do! LOL!

17 Lynette September 2, 2011 at 1:53 am

I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE this idea, and I can’t thank you enough for posting it. I have already filled a whole binder with felt story pieces, and I find myself making more and more stories, just so I could organize them! (I know, kind of obsessive!) I had struggled for years with my felt pieces, and while I had them in baggies, I would misplace the baggies, or the story, or something always went wrong. I now have things organized and I am almost proud to take my binder out, show it, and flip through my stories:) Thank you!

Lynette

18 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

You are on the ball Lynette! I love how much you love to organize – what a hoot!!

19 Michele September 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Thank you so much for this idea!! I’m halfway there…earlier in the summer, I came up with the idea to “baggie” all of my pieces. But I wasn’t really happy with just having them in a box. Can’t believe I didn’t think to just 3-hole-punch them. So glad you did :-)

20 Kristine September 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I tried the binder option for organizing, but just wound up with bulky binders either at my desk or in the story time room (they are not remotely close together). Now I have a two drawer filing cabinet adjacent to my desk which is the “story time idea file”. To keep the small pieces together, I simply tape the ends of the file folder closed. This way I just grab a file folder and head off to story time. Everything is alphabetical by theme or title. I am trying to cross-index inside the themed folders when I think of a connection as well.

21 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

This is a great plan for organization Kristine. I am always modifying how I keep things handy!

22 kristina October 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I am getting ready to make my son a felt board and I found your site while trying to figure out how to do it. I have 2 questions if you don’t mind.

1. What kind of felt do you use for the background? I have the soft, flimsy felt, but I also have the really stiff stuff and don’t know which to use.

2. I love the binder idea, especially since I won’t have a ton of them for my son; however, how do you punch holes in the baggies. I am a teacher-turned-mommy and I’ve tried doing this with other ideas, but I can never get my 3-hole punch to work on the bags! Any tips?

Thanks in advance and thanks for such a great organization tip! I’m looking forward to looking through the rest of your site.

23 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Question 1: I used soft felt not the stiff felt for the background – I stretched it firmly across the board before I stapled it in place.
Question 2: I just punch the binder rings through the baggies – I don’t try to punch holes with a puncher. However, they do not slide easily around the rings but I don’t need to “flip” pages much to get to what I need.
Thanks for visiting the site Kristina:)

24 kristina October 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

Thank you so much! I will be trying it all very soon.:)

25 Ashley November 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

These are excellent ideas for organization. Thanks so much for posting!!

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