Flannel Friday: Color spinner for big crowds

22 Jul

Not much of a post today as I’m busy at work trying to pack things up for a temporary move, but I wanted to share with you a solution I came up with for a problem I was having with my color-related flannels: What do you do when, although you’d like to allow each child to choose a color from the board, you have more children than colors?

For flannels like Baby Duck or Little Mouse, Little Mouse, it would be nice to allow your storytime kids to take turns choosing a color and then look under it to find the duck or the mouse. But if you’ve got a big crowd, not everyone may get a chance (unless you do the whole game mutiple times), which may lead to hurt feelings. So rather than ME picking the colors, or having everyone yell them out, I created a color spinner so that we’d still have the element of chance.

It’s a color wheel (made by me, obviously, given how uneven the pie shapes are) stuck to piece of leftover foam core I got from our graphics department. I made an arrow using paper and manila folder and stuck it to the center with a push pin. It spins pretty well!

We spin the wheel, and the kids tell me which color comes up. If it’s a color we’ve already checked, we spin again!

Visit Sharon later today for the full Flannel Friday wrap-up!


5 Responses to “Flannel Friday: Color spinner for big crowds”

  1. Miss Kristine January 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I just printed an excel pie chart with all the wedges the same size. Now I have to put it together.

  2. missmaryliberry July 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    That would totally work, although, don’t they only have 4 colors? I can’t remember. I’m probably wrong.

  3. 1234 More Storytimes July 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Love this! If you don’t have time to make one, you can also use the spinner from a Twister game. Not as cool, but good in an emergency.

  4. Andrea July 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Great idea! I need to make one of these.


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