Mini Monets and Mommies: Kids' Felt Board Book Art Activity

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kids' Felt Board Book Art Activity

It’s a DIY felt board and a children’s book all in one! I’m a fan of making my own felt boards. It’s so simple, and the kids always enjoy it. When I used to teach community art programs, I always brought along my homemade board for the children to use. They could puzzle out the pieces, creating their own stories, building fine motor skills and learning how to problem solve. The kids also were able to develop basic math skills, playing with patterns, shapes and the part-to-whole relationship.
Kids' crafts

This kids’ art activity takes the traditional felt board for a twist and gives your child the chance to make her own foam book that features page after page of felty fun! The best part? Your child can put together her own story, take it apart and then start over again.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        3 or more 12x18-inch craft foam sheets

·        8x10 craft felt sheets

·        Clear-drying school glue

·        Scissors

·        Yarn

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Stack the foam sheets together.

2.     Fold the foam in half, book style.

Book-making activity
3.     Poke at least three holes all the way through all of the foam sheets, about one-inch away from the fold. You can use a hole punch, but this is tricky due to the foam’s thickness. I used the end of the scissors. Do not allow your child to use the scissors in this way. Do this step for her, being careful of the sharp edge of the scissors.

4.     Push the end of a piece of yarn through the bottom set of holes. ‘Sew’ the yarn all of the way up the side of the book.

Kids' art
 
5.     Tie the yarn at the ends to bind the book together.

6.     Cut the felt to fit the pages of the book.

7.     Glue one piece of felt to each page of the book.

Book Art
 
8.     Cut out a felt rectangle. Size it to fit on the bottom half of the book’s cover.

9.     Glue the sides and bottom of the rectangle to the book, making a pocket.

10.  Create shapes. Cut different colors of felt into circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.

11.    Store the shapes in the front pocket.

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12.  Take out the shapes and have your child create pictures on the pages. The pictures can tell one story or fit a theme. Your child can also create individual artworks.
 
Kids' Book

When she’s done, take the felt pieces off, pack them up in the pocket and start again later!
Children's book

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4 comments:

  1. This is a fun way to allow your child to be creative over and over again! Thanks for sharing at our Facebook Share Day! I will be re-sharing on G+

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  2. What a lovely idea - Thanks for sharing at #ToddlerFunFriday

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  3. This is a cute idea for making a book!!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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