(Not) Flannel Friday: Where to find great (free) clipart for flannelboards

17 Oct

This past week I attended a great training with Kathy Villere, a speech-language pathologist who has worked with young children for many years. She gave us some really valuable information about how children develop language and vocabulary skills, and how this ties very closely into learning to read. Her talk will have to be an entirely separate post, but: she had some great props she uses with kids and shared with us some sites for finding great free clipart (the first 2 in the list below) that can be used for creating flannelbords, etc.

So, fellow flannel friday-ers, I thought it might be useful to compile some of the best sites for free downloadable art that can be used for flannelboards. Please let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorites!


  • OpenClipArt: Thousands of clipart illustrations, copyright-free for your use. 
  • MorgueFile: free photographs. I searched “monkey” and found 12 pages of photos, including the one to the right. Cute!
  • Free Kids Clip Art by Phillip Martin: For non-profit use only, and education-focused. Super cute! Printable banners and certificates too!
  • Discovery Education: Education-focused cartoon clipart
  • Clkr.com: I’ve gotten a lot of animal images from here. The site bills itself as the “online royalty free public domain clipart.” I got my “5 clean and dirty pigs” design from here.

FREE PRINTABLE FLANNELBOARDS (print, laminate and use as-is or trace on to felt):

What are some of your favorite sites for free, flannelboard-friendly images? Have you found any other ready-to-go flannelboard sites? Please share in the comments so we’ll all know about them! Thanks!

9 Responses to “(Not) Flannel Friday: Where to find great (free) clipart for flannelboards”

  1. missmaryliberry March 14, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh gosh, Sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier! Absolutely. Thanks for asking!

  2. Michelle March 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    I would like to request permission to use one of your links on and activity sheet and to make the flannelboard to present at a conference. Here is the link:

  3. Tracey October 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    One suggestion I do have is to search for a coloring page or coloring sheet on whatever image you are looking for. This would allow you to give the image a personal touch without totally having to recreate it yourself. Again, great post!

  4. Tracey October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    What a great idea! I usually just use Microsoft clip art, so I will definitely check out these other websites.

  5. missmaryliberry October 21, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    For our puposes, then, I think it would be okay for us to say WHERE we got the clipart from (i.e. Microsoft Clipart) but not share pdf files of the actual clipart (unless it’s our own, original artwork). Folks can then go and search for the same artwork, if they’d like, on the website or on their own copy of MS.

  6. melissazd October 21, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    I use Microsoft Word clipart a lot, but I recently found out my library doesn’t have permissions to redistribute it…which means most of my clipart files on my blog are going to have to come down. Whichever site you use, make sure it’s okay to remix, and okay that you redistribute!

  7. molliekay October 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Thanks for the great list! I Open Clip Art frequently, but had no idea about the other resources. Great job!

  8. Anna October 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Great list, and thanks! I often just do a Google search and that’s as intentional as I get. The only thing I can think to add that might help some people, is that I often forget to check the clipart included in my Microsoft Suite. It doesn’t always have what I need, but quite often it does, and it’s nice because it’s vector art and I can print it really large if I need to–worth checking!

  9. Moxie Librarian October 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    This is such a great post! I love Making Learning Fun and glad to see it made your list.

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