Make Your Own Felt Shape Board

IMG_2400My kids love tactile learning!   I saw an example of this (much classier) somewhere – I can’t remember where the inspiration came from, it’s not entirely original, but it stuck in my head.   The craft store had a sale on felt this past weekend, it was time to make our own!   Hopefully, your kids will enjoy interacting with shapes.

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  • Felt, lots of colors!
  • Shapes to trace (I used some blocks and lids to make patterns of the various shapes we included)
  • Scissors
  • Extras (beads, scarps of yarn, pipe cleaners, etc.)
  • Your imagination

Instructions:   Cut the felt into various sized circles, squares, rectangles, ovals, triangles, crescents, etc. If you are really industrious you can make a felt envelope to carry your pieces in and use as a display – great for traveling!

Learning activities:

  • Create a pattern
  • Discuss big, bigger and biggest while comparing the sizes of the circles you’ve made.
  • Think of an animal or plant and to re-create it with your shapes (ex: ant, cat, caterpillar, cow, butterfly, etc.).
  • Use the shapes to create letters (Can your caterpillar be a “C”?)
  • Can you make food out of your shapes?   What shapes look like foods?   My kids loved “grilling” and flipping their “food” with the kitchen spatulas!

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This activity is part of our Animal Learning Series.   For more click the link:

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One Comment

  1. Mud Pies For Mommy says:

    I have one of these from when I was teaching. It is stuffed away in my attic. I will have to get it out. Thanks for the post, it reminded me about it.

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