I will start by noting that it can be helpful to try and use the same material when making your flannel sets. In general I use craft foam. I do this because it is easier to draw shapes, it cuts easily, and the colors are very bright. (Flannel is great too, I am just partial to foam. If flannel is your preference then stick to that when you can.) There have been times when flannel is more practical to use, but most of the time I opt for foam. Have pieces mostly made of foam comes in handy when I have a story or rhyme that uses a piece I already have. For example, awhile ago I made a flannel to go with the story The Case of the missing shoe. A year or so later when I made my Pete the Cat flannel I already had shoes in the colors I needed, so I borrowed them from the older flannel.
|Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes|
|The Case of the missing shoe|
I have also found it useful to make similarly sized pieces. Some time ago I made a flannel to go with the song 'Zoo Train.' For whatever reason I decided to make only the heads of the animals using the same sized circle as a base. So, I ended up with a variety of similar animals. I have found this set to be very useful. I even started a file of just round animals. This way I can quickly locate them when needed. I keep the more unique pieces with the story file and keep the more generic animals in the round file. Occasionally I will need to make an animal or two, like this fall when I made the story What will it rain. For that I needed to make a Bird and a Squirrel, but I could make them with a circle base and they were able to match the horse, cat, dog, and bunny that I already had.
|What will it rain|
|The Enormous carrot|
|Five red apples (adapted down from ten)|
I had hoped to add more pictures, but Blogger is telling me that I have reached my limit! Oooops. I had to glean all of this posts photos from previous posts. So, I guess instead of adding more photos I need to find a remedy to that issue. Suggestions?
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