This is not an original idea for me. Unfortunately, I do not have the citation of where it came from (Anybody??? If you know it, I will add it in. I think it is one of the recent ALA books.) It is called "Where Does It Go? The parts are all clip art, but I took pictures of things around my house for the refrigerator, the closet, and the toy box. The goal is to match all of the items to where they belong. We start off by looking at the refrigerator, the closet, and the toy box and talking about what goes in each. Then I hold up each clip art item and ask where it should go. Sometimes I am silly and say things like, "Should the chocolate milk go in the toy box" or "Should the shirt go in the refrigerator?" The kids thing this is hilarious and you will get a lot of "No's" and laughter. As this is a flannelboard game, it encourages participation so know your group if you use this. It is one of those situations of "If you ask them a question, they WILL answer (and tell you their whole life story)." The trick to this one is to find items that the kids will recognize.
For our refrigerator, I cut out an apple, swiss cheese, and chocolate milk.
Our closet has a shirt and tennis shoes.
Our toy box has a teddy bear and some blocks.
The second flannelboard is Five Little Toys. All of the pieces are different and I used clip art for each. You can do this as an action rhyme or add in the clip art. Mine is done on a handheld magnetboard.
Five little toys on the bedroom floor.
(Hold up 5 fingers.)
I'm not playing with them anymore.
(Shake head, no)
I picked one up and put it away.
(Pantomime picking up toy.)
I'll play with it another day.
(Nod head, yes)
Repeat with four, three, two and one.
I love to use counting up or down rhymes with toddlers. After each verse, we count all of the items that are left. With the older groups, you can just ask "How many toys are left?" It adds something extra into the rhyme and makes them feel like they are participating.