Flannel Boards

Little Mouse: LEGO Style

This week I was Preschool LEGOs and Stories and the theme was Houses/Homes so I modified the traditional “Little Mouse” felt board to a LEGO theme.

Little Mouse LEGO
I based my houses on a video I found on YouTube from the King County Library System (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0zcXeXLeuA).  I cut out the houses in the colors and decorated them with roofs, windows, doors and fabric paint.  I made everything else the same color so there would be no confusion with the colors.  For our little “mouse”  I printed out a DUPLO LEGO person the right size to hide behind the house.  He was laminated and velcroed to stick to the felt.

Story Time!
The children hide their eyes while I hid “Mouse” behind a house. The children opened their eyes and we sang the song:

Little Mouse
Little mouse, little mouse, are you behind the (color) house?

I went trough the colors the first time, but after that I had the kids guess where Mouse was.

The kids (3-5 years)  had a lot of fun.  Some of them had a hard time covering their eyes, but it didn’t interfere with the game.

Sowing the Seeds: A Companion to Muncha, Muncha, Muncha

This week I was doing bunnies featuring the book Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candice Flemming.  I have a background in science, so I like to sneak some science in where ever I can.  This week also  I noticed Mr. McGreely planted nice straight rows in his garden, so I put them together to make this flannel board.

PreparationSowing the Seeds Flannelboard
First I made the toppers, which would be like row markers in the garden for tomatoes, carrots and lettuce with the corresponding pictures.  I made lots of “seeds” in matching colors.  I prepared the magnetic  board by covering it with brown construction paper and drawing straight lines top to bottom.

Story Time!
The children picked seeds out of a bag and matched them to the correct row to “sow” them in the garden.  While they were doing so I sang this song:

Sow the Seeds
(Sung to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Sow, sow, the seeds, reach into the bag,
Pick out a colored seed and match it to the tag.

Sow, sow, the seeds, plant them in a row,
Match the color to the plant, and that is where it goes.

The kids had a great time!  They were so careful to match it to the right place and put it in a nice straight row.  I asked them questions while they were deciding what to do as well.