The Magician’s Hat

What to do:

  1. Place three different felt pictures on the flannelope. Have the children tell you what they are. Count them.
  2. Turn the flannelope around towards you and take one picture away.
  3. Turn the flannelope back around and ask the children which thing “disappeared.” Count the remaining items.


  • Use more items with older children. *Top hat flannelope: Out of black felt, cut out a large “top hat” shape and glue to a large manila envelope, with the opening at the bottom of the hat. To use, slide your hand inside the envelope and manipulate by turning your hand.