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Book Name: Felt Board Stories

Author: Liz & Dick Wilmes

Publisher: Building Blocks

ISBN: 0-943452-31-7

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 208

Illustrations: Black and white drawings

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

The activities in this book are good for learning about and reinforcing the concepts of counting (Whale and the Fish), shapes (Splish-Splash) and animals (Zoo Safari).  There is an Introduction in the front of the book that outlines for you ways of introducing these stories to the children as well as how to get them involved and keep them interested while you are reading to them.  There are also instructions how to make story folders and create the felt pieces you will need to tell the stories.  Accompanying each of the stories is a list of felt pieces you need to make for that story, questions to ask the children, and ways to extend the story.

The felt board stories in this book are divided into the Four Seasons.  A story in each season revolves around the actions of a main character, Flip-Flop the Scarecrow.  Traditional favorites are also used in new stories (i.e. farm animals featured in the BIRTHDAY DINNER on the Parson Farm story).

A couple of the extended activities involve the use of peanut butter as one of the supplies.  Daycares and schools are largely peanut-free these days so keep this in mind when planning your activities.  Replace peanut butter with something else where possible so the children don't miss out on the wonderful activities (i.e. Old St. Nicholas, replace the peanut butter with corn syrup and let it dry before hanging.  A pinecone would work better when using corn syrup and it is like a mini tree.

I like this book because the stories and activities are interesting and the extensions included for each activity are very useful ideas for teachers.  I also like it that some of the patterns for the stories are larger (i.e. Let's Build a Body) and some of the patterns are unusual (i.e. Splish-Splash).  This makes the stories even more visually interesting and attractive for the children listening.  The amount of child participation encouraged for all the stories in the book is great because this will help their social skills and self-confidence as well as being good physical exercise with some of the stories (i.e. Drive the Fire Truck).


  • Drive the Fire Truck
  • Dress Frosty
  • Let's Build a Body
  • Splish-Splash
  • Whale and the Fish
  • Zoo Safari

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