Using felt storyboards and felt pieces encourages the enjoyment of language – felt stories provide a more intriguing vehicle for sharing a rhyme or short story. They can help toddlers who show no interest in books to get some enjoyment out of storytime. Flannel boards aid in the teaching of visual literacy – learning to look and construct meaning from objects. Children use personal connections to enable the decoding of visual representations of their experiences. They will recognize a picture of a cat, drawn by different illustrators as a “symbol” for a cat, and know that it is not a cat, but represents one.