Make-a-Pig Flannel

Make-a-Pig Flannel

Most of my favorite story times  revolve around farm animals. And pigs, in particular, seem approachable and fun.

Make-a-Pig has been here longer than I have (so, pre-1997).  I like doing this flannel for several reasons. It is both a crowd pleaser and a time waster(which is sometimes good).  I also like this because it really works on language skills.  This is an inter-active flannel board:  I want the kids to talk to me, tell me what happens next,  what I’m doing wrong, and how to fix it.    This isn’t an activity to come up and do whatever takes to fix the problem — they have to use words to fix it.

I start by saying that everyone is going to help build a pig, “I’ll start.  I know a pig needs a body.”

A pig needs a body.

What else does a pig need?  You’ll get lots of answers, and I would respond based on the answer I hear.

A pig needs a head!

No, they’ll say.  The pig’s head doesn’t go there, it goes … This is where the good stuff comes in.  It’s hard to describe where the head goes.  “Use words,” I say.  Once they tell me, I move it to the right place.  Sometimes they can’t / don’t tell me, so I make suggestions.

What else does a pig need?

A pig needs feet!

No, not bird feet!  So we talk about what other feet are available. I have cat legs. “No, pink,” is often the cry.  So we find pink pig feet. Sometimes I flail them all around the pig to see who is paying attention.  Eventually we get to pig’s feet.

What else does a pig need?

A pig needs a nose?
But it's the best nose in the animal kingdom!

Okay, we find the snout.  What else does a pig need?

A pig needs ears!

Hmmm, maybe you  have some pink ears?

A pig with pink ears? Something smaller perhaps?

Okay, you’re getting better at this.  A piggie needs something else.  Any ideas?

A pig needs a tail.

Keep trying…

A pig needs a tail. What? You don't like this fluffy tail. It breaks up all that pink.

Okay, well how about this?

When I was growing up a pig tail was a hair style. What do you think?

No.  Okay.  Well, there is one more thing a pig needs.  Any ideas?

A pig needs eyes.

This is fun.  I do a lot of Picasso eyes — stacking them different ways.  But not stretching it out too much.

There’s one more thing a pig might need…

A toupee!

Okay, no toupee.  But look, we built a pig!  Congratulations!

A proper pig!

We have other varieties of this… my second favorite is Build-a-Jack O’Lantern!  Lots of hats are included.

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12 Replies to “Make-a-Pig Flannel”

  1. This is great! I love the idea of using animals. Thanks for this! I do the same thing with a snowman…3 different sizes of “snowballs”, a carrot nose, a top hat, circles for coal eyes and for making the mouth, a scarf, 2 legs, and whatever else a snowman might need…all in felt. I love to mix them up and get a kick out of the children saying, “Nooooo, that’s not right!” :o) This sure helps with concepts of “on top”, “under”, “left”, “right”, etc.

  2. No, sorry no pattern. This is over 15 years old. You can use clip art as a pattern. It works wonders.

  3. I love it, but am flannel challenged and require an actual pattern…do you have one?

  4. This is hilarious! My husband and I are totally losing it over this. And the concept is so flexible. it lend I can’t wait to use this (and make variations). Great post.

  5. I so agree with Mel — this screams for a complete set of each animal, and to play around with the same set for different themes. I love this one!

  6. This is FABULOUS. You could make an enormous set–all the pieces you need for a bunny, a pig, an elephant, a duck, and then just build the animal that matches your theme. Oooooh, you are so right about the power of getting them to use their expressive vocabularies!

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