Our Makerspace will feature 8″ x 10” felt boards until the end of May. There are a number of skills that children learn from using felt boards (also called flannel boards) for story telling, and the following website provides a list of skills and advantages, http://www.funfelt.com/flannel.html .
Below are the materials and steps to create a DIY felt board just like ours! You can make it with materials easily purchased from a local craft store.
1 artist canvas board in desired size
1 sheet of felt that is at least 1” larger than the artist canvas on all four sides
Several felt sheets in a variety of colors from which to cut shapes
A stapler to staple the felt around all 4 sides of the canvas board
A hot glue gun & 1 piece of paper or card stock cut the size of the canvas board
Step 1: Glue the paper to the back of the canvas board covering the staples
Step 2: Cut out a variety of shapes to create your own story or use a picture book for inspiration
Step 3: Play with your felt board!
Listed below are a few great books that are not only fun to read, but can also provide you with ideas for shapes to cut out for use on your felt board.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Color Farm by Lois Ehlert
Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh