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close this book Tools for teaching - A visual aids workshop, and instruction manual for health educators
close this folder Session 1. Introduction to the visual aids workshop
close this folder Handout 1.8.1 Making & using visual aids (Supplementary learning materials)
View the document Introduction
View the document 1. Chalkboard
View the document 2. Charts
View the document 3. Diagrams
View the document 4. Flip charts
View the document 5. Flannelboard
View the document 6. Posters
View the document 7. Comic books
View the document 8. Pamphlets
View the document 9. Flyers
View the document 10. Flexiflans
View the document 11. Games
View the document 12. Puppets
View the document 13. Masks
View the document 14. Slide presentations

5. Flannelboard

A flannelboard is a display board on which pictures may be easily placed, moved about, and taken off.

To make a flannelboard:

1) Cover a piece of plywood or fiberboard with felt, flannel, burlap, or other textured cloth. The fabric may be glued, taped, or stapled to the board. (See Section 1, page 53 for a combination chalkboard/flannelboard.)

2) The textured side of a piece of masonite (lawanit) works well as a flannelboard without requiring a fabric covering.

3) An improvised flannelboard can be created by folding a blanket over the backs of a couple of chairs.

Improvised flannelboard


4) Pictures for the flannelboard can be cut from magazines or posters. They can also be drawn by the health worker or by the participants themselves.

• Glue a piece of felt, flannel, or medium grade sandpaper to the backs of pictures so that they will stick to the flannelboard.

• An alternative to this is to spread white glue or flour-and-water paste on the backs of the pictures. Sprinkle rice hulls or sand over the wet glue and let dry.


To use a flannelboard:

1) Prop the flannelboard in a near-vertical position. The board should tip back slightly to prevent pictures from sliding off.

• Make a portable bamboo stand from three poles and some string.

Bamboo stand


• Set the board on a table and lean it against the wall. Keep board from sliding forward by supporting it with one or two bricks.

• Prop the flannelboard up on a chair.


2) Have all your flannelboard pictures, or materials for making pictures, convenient to the board.

3) Involve your audience in the activity.

4) Don't try to use a flannelboard outdoors on a windy day.


STRING-BOARD (a flannelboard alternative)

To prevent pictures from falling off or blowing away, you can use a string-board instead of a flannelboard.

To make a string-board:

1) Stretch string back and forth across a piece of plywood or fiberboard. Keep the string in place with nails, thumbtacks, or staples.

2) Prepare the pictures on folded paper or cardboard. Display pictures by hanging them over the strings.