The felt I had ordered a couple of days ago arrived today so knew it was the perfect time to set up this activity. I was surprised how expensive felt was in the shops but managed to find a cheaper company on Ebay.
Felt boards have always been popular in my classes but I have never considered making my own. I appear to be physically unable to cut in a straight line and have no artistic ability so had ruled them out until I came across the DIY Felt Board featured on Mama Papa Bubba.
We had an unused picture frame in the garage which was small enough to put in front of Adam. I had a couple of ideas linked to Adam’s favourite songs so needed a green background. First I discarded the glass from the picture frame as it wouldn’t be needed. I took the backing board out of the frame and laid it along the edge of the green felt. Using a pencil I drew around the backing board. This was quite tricky as the pencil didn’t leave a clear line. It enabled me to draw a simple rectangle but any more detailed design would probably require fine tailors chalk.
Check out the fantastic instructions on Mama Papa Bubba to create your own DIY Felt Board. I added a large pond shape from blue felt and used PVA glue to stick this down on top of the green felt.
I now had my green felt covering the backing board and blue felt pond so I placed it back in its frame and left it to dry. Meanwhile I found an image on Google of a frog and traced it onto paper. I had to make sure the images were small enough to fit 5 of them inside the frame. I cut out the frog template and pinned it to the light green felt with 2 needles. Using the needles to hold the template in place I could then cut around it. I repeated this with the same procedure to make a duck template.
I did experiment using yellow thread to give the frogs some features but it didn’t work out as I planned. I used orange felt to make the ducks beak more prominent and used red thread to stitch an outline for their wings.
Adam clapped when I showed him his felt board.
He giggled when I started singing the 5 little speckled frogs song and used the frogs to illustrate the song. He didn’t like it when I sung the 5 little ducks song though because after each verse I had to hide one duck.
I loved making the felt board because it didn’t require any artistic skill. We will definitely be making some more DIY felt boards. Any suggestions of what scenes we could make?
* Picture frame
* Pva glue
Adam was 19 months old.