Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flannel Friday: Winter tree & forest animals

This is not my idea!  All credit goes to Linda Meuse from Notes from the Story Room and her blog post on 12-1-12.  Linda, awesome story & idea - love it.  The story is called the Sheltering Tree; it is about a little fur tree who kept a host of animals warm on a snowy winter day.  Linda's story is draw and tell, but I changed mine a bit by making a larger tree and having little "lift the flap" holes. The tree is green posterboard and the flaps were cut with an exacto knife.  The animal pictures are from Google images.  I hot glued popsicle sticks to the back of the tree to give it some sturdiness, and a toilet paper roll (ha!) is also glued to the back to act as a "handle." 

I have a mixed age group of kids at a local daycare, and they respond really well to this type of activity.    Walking around the room and letting the children see inside the holes was a lot of fun and the kids loved it. 

I used Linda's original story, delightfully simple and easy to tell, and it's available in a Google document from her blog post.

Miss Courtney is our Flannel Friday host today & all information about Flannel Friday and all its goodness can be found on its site.


  1. Love it!! I will be making this up sometime soon! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love it! I love how you changed it into a prop which can be used any time. I may end up making one myself. I'm taking the liberty to update my post with a link to yours so people can see another way of doing the story.

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


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