Flannel boards are a great way to ehance children's love of storytelling and encourage pre-reading skills. Plus they are really easy to make and fun to use.
Get any type of board, even sturdy cardboard. I have a flannel board for ds made out of a box like a pizza box, and all the pieces go inside the box. Or you could use just a piece of foamcore.
Use flannel in a dark neutral (I always use black) to cover the board completely. Use glue or nails or a staple gun or double-sided tape. I use spray adhesive on cardboard.
Make pieces for the flannel board. there are three good ways to do it:
1. cut out shapes from craft felt (about 20 cents a sheet)
2. print out clip art from the computer and laminate or cover with contact paper and glue felt to the back
3. (my favorite) use heavy-duty non-fusible interfacing from the fabric store or the fabric section of Wal-Mart (they will know what you mean). It is about a dollar fifty a yard and a yard is more than enough. It is a dream to work with, just draw or trace the figures onto the interfacing and color in with crayon, paint or permanant marker.
Flannel board ideas that are good for a two-year-old:
***any type of counting song, for example Five Little Monkeys, just make five monkeys and a bed, and show the child how to remove one monkey at a time as you sing the song
***farm animal songs like Old Macdonald or I Had a Cat. Just make the farm animals and then encourage the child to find the right animals as you sing the song
***Basic shapes in different bright colrs are always fun to play with and oh so easy
***Pictures of family, friends, and pets covered in contact paper and with felt glued to the back
***Food items like fruit or vegetables, or a big pizza with toppings to take on and off
***Seasonal shapes like hearts for Valentines Day, A Christmas tree with decorations, A birthday cake with candles
etc, etc, etc
I *heart* flannel boards because they are so cheap and have limitless possibilities. They can be customized for basically any age or area of interest. there are tons more ideas on the web.