Last Christmas, I made a felt Christmas Tree for Little. It was mostly an effort to keep him distracted from our actual tree, but also an attempt to find a fun way to talk about shapes and colors throughout the week. My efforts were only half way successful. We learned a lot about colors, but the actual tree was way too interesting to completely ignore.
After that project, I ended up with lots of left over felt and I knew that I wanted to make a felt board that I could use throughout the year for lessons with Little. I found a great tutorial online by Jen at Mama Papa Bubba that I used as my inspiration for Little’s board. I was shocked at how simple it was to create and we have played with it almost everyday since.
Benefits of Felt Boards for Kids
Playing with felt has many benefits for children. It’s a visual learning tool which can help children with color and shape recognition. It’s easily manipulated by children since felt sticks to itself without need for Velcro or glue. This means that children can easily pick up the pieces and move them around as they wish encouraging the development of fine motor skills and spatial recognition. It also encourages creativity as children are able to move the pieces around as they wish. We use our felt board for instruction and play. This allows me to demonstrate an idea to Little and then he can easily mimic the idea or point to things when asked to recall them. This is great for his listening skills.
Aside from all the educational and play benefits of using felt boards, we really like it because it easily stores under our coffee table (or under a couch or bed, or behind a shelf, or it can be hung on the wall) so it’s out of the way and the pieces are easy to store in plastic bags or a small bin. We also love that it is so versatile so Little doesn’t get bored with it easily.
Make Your Own Felt Board
- poster frame – preferably with a plastic insert
- We used an 18 x 24 frame so that it would easily fit under our coffee table when not being used.
- Neutral color felt
- Size dependent on the size of frame you choose. I bought 5/8 yard and had enough for two boards since the felt was folded double. If you’re unsure of what size to get, someone at your local fabric store should be able to help you.
Instructions (photos of our process below)
- Remove the insert from the frame.
- Carefully lay felt on the backing of the frame
- Pull felt tightly and insert back into the frame
- Use the clips on the back of the frame to hold the backing and felt in place
- Trim excess felt from the back of the board
- Flip it over and you’re ready to go
You can create so many things for use with felt boards. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite felt board activities to try out. Take a look below. The ideas are [almost] endless!
I see us using this board for many years to come! Have you used a felt board? What are some of your favorite things to do with felt? Leave a comment below. I love to see what you’re up to.
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