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Felt Board for Kids

A felt board can be both a pretty addition to a young child's room and an educational tool.

Introduction

Using felt for both the face of the board and the shapes that adhere to it, you can create an alphabet; use stencils or cookie cutters to trace out shapes, or make simple games like tic-tac-toe. Requiring only a few materials, the felt board is simple to make and can be hung on a bedroom wall or carried easily around the house.

Materials

  • Large picture frame
  • Piece of adhesive felt slightly larger than the frame
  • Cardboard or mat board
  • Kraft paper
  • Packing tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Remove the glass from the frame. Cut a piece of felt that is about 1 1/4 inches larger than the frame on all sides. Cut out the corners so the felt can be folded over the cardboard or mat board without becoming bulky.

  2. Step 2

    Tape felt around the board, and place it into the frame, felt side out.

  3. Step 3

    Add a second piece of cardboard over the back of the board, and secure it with a sheet of kraft paper and several lengths of packing tape.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (7)

  • mylatestexcuse 29 Nov, 2011

    For projects on the website, it would be very helpful to see either (1) more pictures--at least a picture of the front and picture of the back--or (2) a clip from the show if the project was featured on Martha Stewart TV (like this one was).

  • mylatestexcuse 29 Nov, 2011

    I'm not understanding step three. Why the kraft paper? Wouldn't you just put the back of the picture frame back on to secure everything? Can someone please explain?

  • Grammebear 30 Jan, 2009

    Using Velcro Dots is a great suggestion. I intend to use them. Thanks for taking the time to write and let us know what worked for you and your precious little one. You sound like a great Mom and a generous person.

  • kvodden 28 May, 2008

    My 3 1/2 daughter and I made this together and she LOVES it. She took it to preschool for sharing and her whole class loved so much that they requested a few for the room. Instead of using sandpaper as suggested earlier I just used Velcro dots; they are quick and easy. Enjoy.

  • js_luv 17 Apr, 2008

    You can use any pictures that you like (from colouring books, old story books, magazines, or print doubles of some family photos). Have the children colour pictures and cut them out, then laminate. Glue a piece of sandpaper to the back of the laminated cut out and this will allow it to stick to the felt board.

  • clevergirl 9 Mar, 2008

    The objects that stick to the felt are made of felt themselves. Felt has a light weight and texture that makes it stick to itself easily. This is a great idea and should take just a few minutes to put together. Thanks!

  • Avidziune 4 Mar, 2008

    how do the stuff stick to felt?