This is our first Flannel Friday Post. I just couldn't wait to show off my flannels!
I love the story of the Big Wide-Mouthed Frog. We have lots of versions in the library, but I wanted to create a flannel story where I could just tell the story. I really like Ana Martin Larranaga's version with the Australian animals, so I created flannels based on her art. When I saw that we had only one copy of this book in the library left, and it was a much-loved, taped-up copy, I knew I had to work fast!
They are large felts so placement is off: The pieces are made by photocopying the pages of the book (I love the illustrations!) and sizing as needed. I traced the pieces on felt, then went over with puffy paint. Some pieces got embellishment with other colors of paint. I have to say that this is my largest set, so you will want to be aware of the size of your board (or travel board in some cases) before making it to size. But I also work with large groups so the size is needed. One more note, some of the creatures are reversed so they always face the same way. This was to reduce the number of frogs I had to make.
Here's the Wide Mouthed Frog as he meets Kangaroo and Emu.
Then the Koala and Possum....I made one tree where the koala could sit on one branch, then remove her and add the possum family branch. The possum is connected to the branch by yarn legs and tail.
And finally, the frog with his teenie, puckered mouth as he meets the crocodile!
Miss Kristie used my flannel board today for a visiting preschool. Next week is when I get to use my set for the first time in my Frog themed story time, I am so excited to try it out! I hope to get a lot of use from this story.