Felt Boards for Kids

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Jan 112013

Over the next few days I’m going to post some of the projects I did during my ‘hiatus’ from the site.

Way back in August I started on a project to make felt boards for the kids, mainly for our trip to Germany to use on the airplane and during a long car trip. I started by painting white felt with watercolors and then mounting it onto cardboard after it dried. I made two scenes – day and night.

A daytime landscape

A nighttime landscape

Next I put together some stories and songs to use on the boards. I put together the images on my computer, then printed them out and used iron-on transfers to add them to white felt, and then cut them out.

Here are the felt cutouts for Five Speckled Frogs – I used clip-art for these.

Here is the set for Five Little Pumpkins (Sittin’ on a Gate). I drew these freehand and then scanned them in and colored them on the computer.

Here’s Mr. Bones for the song “Dem Bones”.

Here’s the set for the story of Stone Soup.

We also had a felt board set from “The Hungry Caterpillar” that we brought along. The kids liked them alright – they still play with them some and it did use up some airplane time.

Aug 282012

We have a big trip coming up in about 6 weeks and it involves a loooong plane ride, so I’m starting to think about how to entertain the little munchkins while we’re airborne. One thought was to make a small feltboard that I can use to tell a few stories with, and that the kids can play with independently. We have a feltboard version of the Hungry Caterpillar, but the board is huge so I wanted to come up with something smaller and more carry-on friendly. I will still be able to use the felt pieces from the Eric Carle story, but with my own backdrop.

I already had a piece of white felt that measures about 8″ x 11″ so I decided to use that and just paint it with a landscape that could be used for several different stories. I painted on the felt with watercolor paint – its still wet now but I hope that when it dries the felt will still have the ‘sticky’ quality that will allow the felt story pieces to stick to it. I figured that acrylic paint would create a slick layer on top of the felt that would hinder the sticking.

I’ve got a few ideas for felt-board stories – I’m really excited to start working on ‘Stone Soup’ – but does anyone out there have any suggestions for me?