I am beginning to get some lessons and activities ready now that September is right around the corner. I am so excited about this DIY felt board that I made with my kids today. A friend of mine created one for her daughters and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to somehow integrate the idea into my teaching. I decided to make a huge one for my kids to use at home and to bring into school for centres and story plays. I started with a large wooden board and painted one side a light blue. This layer of colour is just in case there is a rip in the fabric over time. We then added some tacky glue and carefully laid the felt onto the glue/wood. I got all of my felt at a local fabric store. I covered the board with approximately 2 feet of felt which cost me under $10.
Once the board was covered in the blue felt, I put a layer of hot glue around the outside edges on both the front and back to make sure the felt stayed secure. On the back, I also added tape to make sure that it stayed attached.
My felt board was ready to go! To start, I cut out some grass from a large sheet of felt. Over time, I will add more pieces of homemade images (clouds, sun, ponds), but am very happy with what we have to start!
I then set out all of my sets of felt characters and pieces. My kids played and created for hours. I love how big the board is. It allows several kids to play at once as well as many stories to unfold at the same time.
I have so many ideas of what I want to do with this new DIY felt board. I’m excited to see what my kids come up with and what pieces they will create on their own. I am also looking forward to using the board to present some story plays in the classroom in a whole new way!