Flannel Friday: Tortoise & the Hare

Earlier this week I posted about adapting stories to the flannelboard, and one of the examples I dug out of my files was a set for The Tortoise and the Hare, so today I’m sharing the pattern.

You can see I have red strips to make the path of the race course, which you can add or not (they’re not in the pattern). In this version of the story, the tortoise and the hare start the race, and along the way the hare is distracted by a carrot, a cool puddle to splash in when he gets hot, and a shady bush he naps under when he’s tired. The tortoise, of course, just keeps plugging along regardless.

Since with this board the animals move both from left to right at the beginning of the race and right to left at the end, I drew the black outlines (and glued black felt squares) to both sides of the felt pieces, so each animal could face both directions. The sleeping hare is just drawn on one side.

To make a shorter version of the story, just lay out one strip of felt for the race course, and use only the shady bush as a distraction.

Here’s the pattern!

I think I will work on a set for Three Billy Goats Gruff next!

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4 Responses to Flannel Friday: Tortoise & the Hare

  1. Liz (Mrs. D) says:

    You know what slays me? The winner’s ribbon. It’s all in the details, my friend. Great stuff – and thanks for letting me use your dinosaurs for Flannel Friday this week!

  2. Katie says:

    It’s a great idea to make the pieces reversible, especially for this story!

  3. Melissa says:

    Katie, thanks! I wanted to use more real estate on the flannelboard and make that story (and race!) just a little longer!

  4. Melissa says:

    Mrs D! You can’t have a winner without a ribbon! Though I think my husband would vote for a Stanley Cup instead. 🙂 Your dinos are fab. Keep up the good work!

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