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Flannel Friday: Multipurpose Tree

June 24, 2011

This week’s contribution is not designed to go with a specific rhyme or story, but rather something that so many rhymes and stories require – a tree. I present my two-sided tree with swappable leaves. There are also cherries and apples at work that can be used with it, but they aren’t present for the photo shoot.

Wrong Colours Tree

Oops! Wrong colours.

Spring Tree

Bright Spring Leaves

Fall Tree

Fall Tree

Thanksgiving Tree

Thanksgiving Tree and the Branchless Side

Sometimes the tree is just a tree that fits into a story or rhyme and sometimes it’s an activity. I might play around with the wrong-coloured leaves (they are also fun during outer space storytimes – who says leaves aren’t hot pink on Neptune?). At Thanksgiving, children can say what they are thankful for. There are pre-prepared leaves to put up, but I also set aside some blank leaves to write on if the children name something that isn’t already made. These leaves are made from milk filters which are easy to write on with markers.

Now I need to make an evergreen tree with a snowy side and an all-green side.

For more Flannel Friday ideas, search #flannelfriday on Twitter. This week’s round up is hosted by Anne, @sotomorrow, So Tomorrow. Links to all past Flannel Friday posts can be found at So Tomorrow as well.

10 thoughts on “Flannel Friday: Multipurpose Tree

  1. Anne says:

    Your comment about Neptune cracked me up!

  2. Melissa ZD says:

    This is AWESOME!!! What a great idea to have on hand. Can’t wait to make my own!

  3. Cate says:

    OMG! I love your tree, it’s very striking! This gives me a great idea for my #FF for next week, thanks for posting, RFH.

  4. Sharon says:

    A good tree on hand is a really good idea. It’s amazing how often our stories have trees — acorns, apples, etc. And making it two sided, genius.

  5. molliekay says:

    Great idea, and very versatile! It’s so much easier to make one and be able to use it for many different things.

  6. Tracey says:

    Love the tree! Super love the wrong colored leaves idea! How great to have a versatile tree ready to go, and love how the leaves can contribute to so many extension ideas.

  7. This is my favorite kind of flannel–A Very Useful One. I hate putting a ton of work and time (which I don’t have) into a flannel that can only be used a couple of times per year. Lovely!

  8. Michelle M. says:

    Love the flannel tree idea! Definitely very versatile!

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