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The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Handmade Flannel Board Story Props for Preschool

written by: Beth Taylor • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 1/17/2012

These easy to make, colorful and creative flannel board story characters bring necessary flair to the telling of this classic children's tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Preschool children will love creating story props that will help keep them engaged in the story and develop a love for reading.

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    The Three Billy Goat's Gruff is a popular children's fairy tale that originated in Norway. With a few well crafted story props, this tale comes to life and will enchant preschoolers when told as a flannel board story.

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    Materials Needed

    • White art paper
    • Pencil and eraser
    • Black permanent marker
    • Acrylic paint, paintbrush(es) and water
    • Yarn
    • Craft glue
    • Sharp scissors
    • Laminating machine OR clear contact paper sheets
    • Velcro

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    Basic Method

    1. Take a good look at the pictures below. Sketch the characters and the bridge on paper with the pencil until satisfied.
    2. Trace outline of story props with black permanent marker.
    3. Carefully paint story props with artist acrylics. It may or may not be necessary to water them down; this is an artistic choice. Allow to dry.
    4. Cut story props out of the paper.
    5. Laminate the pieces with a laminating machine and cut the story props out of plastic, OR, place story props face down on sticky side of clear shelf paper. Remove backing from second piece of shelf paper (clear or otherwise) and gently roll it onto the backs of the story props. Be careful not to trap air bubbles between the plastic sheets.
    6. Cut the story props out of the plastic. Leave extra space around Troll's head.
    7. Use craft glue to attach yarn to space around Troll's head. This is his messy hair.
    8. Attach velcro loops to the backs of all of the story props.
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    Big Ugly Troll

    Troll 

    This is a fun character to create. Notice the details such as green fingernails, tongue sticking out, and crooked teeth. Extra space is left around the head in order to glue messy yarn hair. A beard might be a nice addition to this character, or furry feet. Green lines are painted in among the blue of his robes to give texture.

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    Bridge

    bridge 

    The use of color helps give the bridge a three dimensional look and feel. The side closest to the audience is darker brown, the inside of the bridge is a lighter brown, and the other top and forward facing side is a peach color.

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    Three Billy Goats

    Three Billy Goats 

    These are three different sizes and ages of billy goats. The smallest does have two little horns (may be hard to see in the picture.) The white stripes on the biggest gives the look of age, as if he is graying.

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    Backs of Characters

    The last step in crafting the story props is to glue velcro to the back. The loop side of the velcro works best to grip the flannel board for storytelling.

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    Variations

    Preschool teachers and storytellers should feel free to be as creative as they want while making story props. Experiment with different colors or glue various materials to the front of the pieces to provide texture.

    When telling the story, consider using a backdrop, such as floral material, on one side of the bridge. Leave the other side barren.

    Without a doubt, your preschoolers will enjoy this Billy Goats Gruff flannel board story for years to come!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Preschool Activities

Information for preschool teachers to present a vivid re-telling of the popular children's tale.
  1. The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Handmade Flannel Board Story Props for Preschool
  2. The Three Billy Goats Gruff Sequence Activity and Story