Okay, let’s admit it: You think the Flannel Board Fun felt goodies are totally adorable, and you want some for yourself. But who are you supposed to buy them for? What’s the point of these cute fuzzy things? Why are they good for little brains and hands? What do you DO with them? And by the way, why should you believe me? This is where I answer all of those questions! So go pilfer some gummy bears from your kids’ stash, sit back and have all your questions answered. (And if I miss something, just click the Contact Me button at the top or bottom of this page and let me know!)
What is a flannel board?
Long, long ago, in the 1970s and ’80s–or maybe even before that–teachers and librarians used large, flannel covered boards as a storytelling method. They’d make figures out of felt (or paper backed with sandpaper) and adhere them to the flannel board that was usually propped in front of the kids on an easel. This method of storytelling was more engaging than just a verbal story, and more interesting than simply looking at static pages in a book.
Can you use your Travel Mat as a storytelling board?
Yes–but they’re intended for flat surfaces like a table or the floor, or even a car seat travel tray. My mats are flexible, so they don’t work upright in front of a classroom full of kids. I designed them for kids to use independently with my felt sets.
Why is it called a Travel Mat?
My felt play mats are perfect for using at home. But I call them Travel Mats because you can easily pack them up and take them with you. To those boring places where kids need something fun and engaging to do (like airplanes, restaurants, a sibling’s gymnastic lessons, etc.) They are lightweight and flexible. They’ve got a button and handle just right for kids. And the envelope inside holds all the pieces safely inside.
So what are your felt sets all about?
I make three distinct types of felt sets, all sized to use on my Travel Mats. Quiet Sets are sets like my Dinosaur and Ocean set. The pieces are all assembled (fins are attached to fish; lava is attached to volcanoes). Children can use them to create stories, set up scenes, accompany real or made up songs, etc. Stories & Songs are similar to Quiet Sets in that all the pieces are attached. But these sets are based on traditional preschool stories and songs like Goldiocks or Five Little Monkeys. Of course, children can and will make up their own scenes, stories and songs with these guys as well! Finally, we’ve got DIY Sets. These sets come with most pieces detached. The point of these is to build, take apart, and rebuild, for endless combinations! Build your own Robot or Bug, and then do it all over again in a brand new way. You can find all of my sets in the Shop section.
You talk about felt sets. Is it felt, or is it flannel?
I use the traditional term “flannel board”, but all of my products are made of a high quality wool-blend felt.
How do your sets work? Is there Velcro on the back of the pieces?
Nope, no Velcro here. Felt sticks to felt–not permanently, but like vinyl sticks to a window. So you put the felt pieces onto one of my felt Travel Mats, and the pieces stick enough so that they don’t fall off. They can be moved around to tell stories, or “build” various scenes and characters.
Who are you and why should I believe you?
Check out my About page for more details! I’m Wendy, and I was a happy little preschool teacher for just about 25 years. I used flannel board sets to tell stories to the children in my class. They could barely stop themselves (and sometimes they didn’t!) from coming up and whisking the story pieces off the board! So I started making sets for them to use independently. I saw so much amazing stuff happening as they played with them…
Why are felt board sets valuable?
Children love handling the soft, colorful pieces and creating their own stories. Or reenacting stories, songs and poems they’ve been told. Doing that builds imagination, story-telling abilities, and lots of early literacy skills! Beyond that, using my felt sets enhances fine motor development as kids pinch the pieces to move them around, press them into place, and move them around again. Sorting by color, shape and/or type occur naturally. All of my sets happen to come with a list of books related to each theme, and the lyrics to related rhymes or songs. Those provide too many added benefits to list, but think pre-reading and writing, to name a couple!
Who should I buy a felt set for?
My sets make great gifts for children from about 2 1/2 all the way up to 7 or 8. Preschool teachers and librarians love these things, too. You can even consider them for speech and occupational therapists, as well as for seniors in assisted care settings!
Are your toys safe for my little love bug?
My sets and travel mats are all compliant with US Toy safety regulations. That means that all the materials have been tested and are safe for kids to use. Felt is not considered a choking hazard by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, but I still strongly recommend supervision if children under 3 are using my sets.
What’s that white hoop pictured with each item?
I display my felt sets on the felt hoop you see pictured. The hoop is not included with the item–it’s just a photo prop 🙂
Do you take custom orders?
Yep. Just contact me by email , the contact button at the bottom of the page, or through the conversation button in my shop! I love making things that will make you and your little one happy 🙂
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