Wordful Wednesday. How to Make a Felt Board for Kids.

A couple of years ago I made The Dudes a felt board.

I didn’t know how to make a felt board and my hands are not made for detail work so naturally, it turned out hideous.  Ugly characters.  Poor craftsmanship.

See…

craft fail felt board

Nope, that’s not an aardvark, it’s an elephant.  And, I don’t really know what the other two were supposed to be.  Maybe a gorilla and Quasimodo?

Point is, Dudes hated it and asked me to take it away.

An, of course, Goggle was clueless about the uselessness of this project, and for months it sent unsuspecting users wanting to make adorable felt treats for their children to my monstrosity.

Hopefully, this less hideous, better constructed felt board tutorial will make up for that.  Forgive me unsuspecting Goggle searchers.

how to make a felt board

How to Make a Felt Board/Story Board with Your Kids

Step 1.  Gather your materials.  In previous attempts at felt board creation, I attempted to free-hand draw all of the shapes and characters we were going to use.  This resulted in wicked, scary little creatures that no young human child would want to feature in any story telling scenario.  Freehand drawing is a skill I do not posses (see proof above), so a solution was in order.  I found these colorable stickers that were perfect for this project.  Best part?  The entire book of them only set me back $1.  Other materials you need:

  • Felt, duh
  • A hard board (cardboard from a box works just fine, I had some of that thick poster board on hand).
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 2.  Cover your base with felt.  This is the background you create for your board and it is permanent.  Because you glue it on.  Everything else you create goes onto this so make it something universal-ish.  I went with the sky and the grass.  You could easily create an underwater scene (blue with beige on the bottom for sand) or a night time scene (just make the background black and add some grass).

make a story board

Step 3.  Make your setting and characters.  Cut them out of coloring books.  Print them from websites (this is a great site for kid’s printables) .  Or do what I did: buy the stickers for a dollar at the craft store and turn this into a fun activity to do WITH your kids.  This gets them involved, and it gives me someone to blame when things come up icky.  Tip: Add a little glue.  Sure stickers are sticky, but we all know it won’t last once your kids get ahold of them.

Step 4.  Let them at it.  We did one story together, and then?  #3 did 37 on his own.  He’s since asked me to make him a villain, a super hero, and a fire truck for future stories he plans to bring to life.  I wonder if they make colorable stickers in bulk?

Sure, there are WAY more awesome felt boards on Pinterest for you to recreate.  But, if you’re anything like me (and you’re here aren’t you?), chances are those will be outside of your skill level.  But this?  This you can do!

Seriously, my 5 year old did most of the work.

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Comments

  1. great project and wonderful to “meet” you on craft schooling Sunday, thanks for linking up!

  2. jdt1583 says:

    I think I can swing this! Thanks for the idea- I need all the help I can with my little one. May do the alphabet too !

  3. You lost me at DIY. Since I don’t have a decent pair of scissors, felt is nearly impossible for me to cut. But look at you! You’re so crafty! I couldn’t even make a decent aardvark.

  4. Adorable! This would be a great speech therapy activity. Too bad I no longer work with kids…boo! :( I think adults would probably look at my sideways if I pulled this out of my bag of tricks. My boys would love it though!

  5. My girls would loooove this! The older one would be thrilled to make up stories (out loud, of course. She doesn’t do quiet) and the little one would be thrilled to do what her sister is doing. Perfect rainy day activity: they can get all crafty putting it together and then they can actually play with it. LOVE.

    Also, I happen to agree with the ladies above. I’m loving Mr. Elephant/Aardvark (Elevark?).

  6. I actually like the elephant. And this seems like something the boy would like, to be able to tell his own story/change it how he sees fit. And perhaps keep the word butt out of his mouth for longer than 10 minutes.

  7. I bet they like it even more BECAUSE they created the characters. I think it is adorable, and if you don’t watch out you might just end up being crafty for real and have to do away with all of your man hand comments. ;)

  8. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I totally remember that first felt board. As much as I thought you did just fine with the old one, I do have to admit that this one is a bit better. ;-)

  10. I remember felt boards as a kid. Such a fun idea to bring back! And thanks so much for selecting my urban raised bed garden to be featured! It was a great family activity!

  11. My attempt to create creatures myself would probably look less recognizable than yours! I can be creative, but drawing? That’s my weak spot!! Haha. Love your board! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  12. No, that no-ear having gorilla/panda had me scroll back up and down and up and down because I am LOVING it. I want it. Send it to me!!!

  13. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :)

  14. Love this idea! In fact we are going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer and one of the things we are doing there is teaching VBS to some local kids, I’m thinking a felt board would really help us tell the Bible story (and be something flat to pack)! Thanks for sharing your instructions!

  15. The felt board turned out lookin’ great (the second one, that is). The first one is more along something I’d end up making.

  16. I’ll be honest, I really like your elephant/aardvark. He’s adorable! My girls are probably a little old for a felt board, but their little cousins would adore this! We’ve got birthdays coming up… I feel an inspiration coming on!

  17. First, I love your elephant/aardvark creation. But, I really like the sticker idea. I can get my head around that…I do remember that felt is tricky to cut, so I think I’ll do that part, but I’m adding this to my “do this summer so we don’t kill each other” list.

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