Colors, magnificent as they are, can describe the very essence of where we live. They illustrate every single detail about where and how we see the world around us. From a shirt to a milk cup, colors can tell us whether the shirt is red or the milk cup is yellow. But how can our eyes detect and identify the different colors we see?
Flannel boards are great learning tools to use for storytelling. But it can also be used for displaying new vocabulary and shapes. It is so versatile that no homeschool classroom or preschool class can be without one.
When using a flannel board, educators or parents can use very simple materials to make one. You can use a 11×6 inches board, which can easily fit in your hand. Or, you can use poster size board, which can have multiple uses.
How to use a flannel board to learn shapes?
You can use it by displaying different shapes with its respective names. And you can also use it along with the English and Spanish terms. A fun game of guessing each shape’s names is a fantastic way to learn them. You can also use different colors of flannel to make the shapes.
You can get the worksheets to make these shapes and names by visiting the Math Worksheet section.
How to use a flannel board to learn vocabulary?
Learning new words is more fun when they are introduced in a flannel board. Simply, use a theme like hearts or shamrocks to make a central icon about the words. For instance, when you use a shamrock, you can incorporate all the V-words in Spanish associated with the beginning sound ver-. Not only does it add new words but it also helps children vocalize new phonic sounds.
You can get the worksheets to make the shamrock pattern and the ver- words in the Language worksheet.
Flannel boards are useful educational tools. They allow the learning to be fun and innovative. With so many colors of flannel, the possibilities of teaching are endless.
Will you construct one for your preschool class today?
How will you use your flannel board?
Why are patterns so widely used in preschool? Simply, patterns of any type can teach young children about logical thinking and sequence of events. Whether it’s stickers or shapes, children at an early age can be introduced to order and organization. But that’s not all of the function of these configurations.
Sequence or patterns also emphasizes logical thinking when reading or doing simple math. What comes next? What’s the next event? This critical reasoning involves reading comprehension and understanding the order of events. In math, it also consists of knowing the logical pattern, or simple addition or subtraction. Although we may not see it yet, they are later used in algebra and other academic subjects.
What’s a good way to educate children about patterns? Painting, stamping, and other crafts are wonderful art techniques to introduce complex to simple ones. In this project, kids will be able to use their thumbs to create hearts and rubber stamps to alternate between illustrations.
- Construction papers
- Red and yellow paint
- Decorative scissors
- Rubber stamps
- Glitter (optional)
- Safety scissors
- Cut the edges of pink construction paper with decorative scissors.
- Place small amounts of red and yellow finger-paint on a small paper plate.
- Use the little thumbs to make hearts by placing them sideways on the red paint.
- Use the yellow paint to dip a rubber stamp.
- Alternate between both designs to create a pattern.
- Allow the painting to dry.
- Paste small dabs of glue on the back of the pink paper and adhere to a different color of construction paper.
This project can also be used for a Valentine gift. Simply, attach a poem by creative authors and writers. It adds a fun twist to this craft for children.
You can also check out the math free worksheet section for more ideas.