Thursday, July 18, 2013

Putting Away My Tools

I just love Flannel Fridays!! I had seen several posts about tools and toolboxes recently and felt inspired to make my own version.  I have a little red toolbox/fishing tackle box that I used with laminated Ellison diecut tool shapes.  I enlarged the tool shapes to make nice big pieces for the flannelboard.  We first identified each tool shape and what it does. Then I handed out 2 shapes per child and we got ready to 'put away the tools'. As I said the rhyme, then gave the clue, and put the large tool shape on the flannelboard,  the children would bring their tool that matched and put it in my toolbox.  The older children were able to keep track of 2 different tool shapes and only put away the appropriate one.  The younger children not so much ;). It's so much fun to watch them begin to learn a new developmental skill! Especially when an older child is trying to help the younger one understand how to play the game.    Still everyone had a great time!

                      The Tools In My Workshop                       
by Kathryn Roach

In my workshop there is a special wall
There's a place for my tools, one and all.
Look at each shape and then you'll know
Where each and every tool needs to go!

This tool helps me pound a nail.
This tool helps me twist a screw.
This tool helps me tighten a bolt.
This tool helps me cut (saw) the wood.
This tool helps me bend a wire.

When my work is done
At the end of the day.
I always put away my tools
Then I can go and play!

Here's one more Flannel Friday tool post that's a game too! Who knew cleaning up could be so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!


  1. Ooooo! You could also do this with real tools! A keeper for sure - thanks for the idea!

  2. Actually, Monica, I did have some real tools that I showed the children and talked about then we used the 'pretend' tools to play our game.