Friday, May 20, 2016

Flannel Friday: Tails Chasing Tails

For this flannel, I used Matthew Porter's simple and lovely board book: Tails Chasing Tails. 

I made each of the animals from the book and then cut them in half (which, even though necessary, was still a little heartbreaking, honestly). 

The book starts with the elephant chasing the tiger: 

When the kids have guessed who that tail belongs to, I add the head: 

Here are the other animals chasing/being chased: 

And it ends with the mouse chasing a gray tail... 

Which brings the whole thing full circle. You could also choose to make the elephant a whole animal and end with the mouse. 

I used this with both toddlers and preschoolers and they seemed to enjoy it equally; some of the tails are easy and some are challenging enough to make it an interesting concept for both these groups. 

Flannel Friday is being hosted by Emily at Literary Hoots so stop on over there to see other flannels shared this week. 


  1. Lovely work--I need to check out this story!

    1. Thanks! I found the book when I was weeding the board books and thought it would make a great flannelboard. Hopefully you can find a copy.

  2. So much fun and your pieces are stunning!!

  3. So much fun and your pieces are stunning!!

  4. That would have killed me too having to cut such beautiful pieces in half! Looks like a super fun story. The illustrations from the book really seemed to lend themselves well to flannel. Thanks for sharing the idea!

    Definitely tucking this cute little flannel tale away next year for Mother's Day (or maybe a family storytime in general?!) Thanks for sharing!

    Storytime in the Stacks

    1. I'm definitely using it in Family Storytime this summer. Hope it works for you!

  5. I love this so much! Now I'm wondering if we have this board book in our collection.


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