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.
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/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).
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).
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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