DIY: Felt Board
This is the felt board I made for Lorelei for Christmas – it’s great for children beginning at approximately 18 months up to almost any age (the older the child, the more complex pieces they’ll like for their board).
To make your own, all you’ll need is :
-a framed corkboard from the store (or used)
-a butter knife
-enough felt to cover the board and the frame
-extra felt for pieces
To make the board, simply cut out enough felt to cover your board and slightly less so that it cover about half of the frame. I cut one side at a time, as I went so I wouldn’t end up with too little. Next, using a butter knife, wedge the felt between the board and the frame, being sure to pull the rest of the felt so wrinkles don’t appear. If your frame is loose, you may need to secure it with some glue or adhesive but mine worked fine.
For your felt pieces, your imagination (or someone else’s) is the limit. You can make random shapes, people and clothes, or characters in a storybook…
-Cars and trucks
-People and clothing
-Scenes: farm, zoo, city, etc.
-letters and numbers
-shapes that can be put together to make other objects (you could also include googly eyes with felt backing for strange creatures)
-seasonal shapes like snowflakes, ice skates, autumn leaves, jack o lanterns, etc
-story book (or Bible) characters and accessories to play out stories
*For much older kids, you could easily entertwine history lessons or science or art or WHATEVER to help the children re-play to you what they’ve learned…or, as a simple way of showing visually what you’re teaching.
Total Cost: Free to $10, depending on if you have the materials already or if you buy an expensive cork board.