I found an ugly old brown frame at a thrift store that I spruced up with yellow craft paint. I took the glass out of the frame and added a piece of felt (cut a little larger than the opening) and reattached the back of the frame to hold the felt in place. The kids like to get this out during reading time to tell me stories.
You can use additional pieces of felt, some permanent markers and googly eyes to make characters to match your favorite stories so your kids can retell their favorite stories while moving the pieces.
Here is my attempt at the Lorax with a Truffula Tree and Horton from the Dr. Seuss books.
I got this set from Lakeshore Learning, it has velcro on the back of pieces and our kids love to make the alligator creep along and remove a monkey for each verse.
5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator "Can't catch me."
Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be...And...
SNAP! that monkey right outa that tree!
(Then do 4 Monkeys and so on)
The kids love the story of "The 3 Little Pigs" and they make the wolf blow down each house and make the pigs run to the next house. They like the version at the end where the pigs make stew out of the wolf.
Lakeshore Learning has many more sets you could buy but I love the home made characters that you can customize to your favorite stories as well.
You could also print out pictures on cardstock and glue them onto flannel to make them stick to the board.
Try these printable sets from DLTK.
Or several other sites sell story sets too like Glitterful Felt Stories.
Update May 20, 2011: See how Shelby makes a felt board at Glitterful Felt Stories.
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