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Bible Storytelling with Flannel Baskets – A Scripture Lady Sunday School Activity

Bible storytelling with “Flannel Baskets” is one of The Scripture Lady’s favorite ways to tell a Bible story to preschoolers and elementary kids.

Bible storytelling with “Flannel Baskets” evolved from my love of working with flannel pictures. When I was a little girl, I always LOVED when the teacher brought out her flannel board. I knew that she was going to tell us a story and that we would all be captivated by the colorful figurines as she placed them on the board.

If you’ve been a Sunday School teacher for very long, you are very aware of flannel boards and the visual fun they provide, especially for our preschoolers and kindergarteners.  I used to love when my teacher would pull out her flannel board and begin telling a Bible story or singing a song.

But I also remember how much I wanted to put my own hands on those soft, furry pictures and see if I too, could make them magically stick on the board.  But Teacher never let us.

Why should the teacher have all the fun with the felt?  Let your kids experience the tactile sensation as well by giving them a flannel basket.

Bible storytelling with “Flannel Baskets” will help your children hide God’s Word in their hearts and for this idea you will need to do the following:

Go to your local “dollar” store and buy up enough plastic trays or baskets with a surface area of at least 8 x 12 inches to use for your class.  (You may want each child to have their own basket, or you might want to just get 5 or 10 for your class to share.)  Pick the most colorful trays you can find.  Next, attach a piece of felt to the surface area.  I use white since most felt pictures are colorful.

During the story or song time for which you have flannel pictures, invite the children to come up and hold a basket and let them be the ones who place the picture(s) on their baskets.  They will love the opportunity to participate as well as listen and/or sing-a-long.

Take a look at the following video for a fuller explanation of this fun idea:

As mentioned in the video above, you can use “Flannel Baskets” to share a story or a song. They work especially well for songs that have a list of items such as “The Fruit of the Spirit.”

In today’s post, I thought I’d give you access to the video of my Bible verse song for “The Fruit of the Spirit” here below:

Click HERE to learn how to purchase the downloadable links of the mp3 and video of the moves to use as you like for only $2.49.

I am also giving you the printable posters for each of the 9 fruits.

Posters for the 9 Fruit of the Spirit

Love Poster

Joy Poster

Peace Poster

Patience Poster

Kindness Poster

Goodness Poster

Faithfulness Poster

Gentleness Poster

Self Control Poster


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“Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life.”

John 3:36

(Click here for a sample of this Bible verse song.)

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