ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Fun Friday: Felt

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fun Friday: Felt

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Felt boards are a valuable teaching tool.
~They provide visual cues and language support for early learners.
~They can make an abstract concept concrete.
~A child can see, touch, and move the pieces
~Felt boards are commonly used to help students learn words, songs, and rhymes.
~They assist in focusing on a story being told.
~They help in retelling stories for better comprehension.
~Simple songs and stories are often illustrated on felt boards.
~The concept of "how many" is often shown through backward counting songs and felt pieces.
Felt boards are useful teaching tools across the curriculum.
To get started, read the posts at Katie's Nesting Spot on how to make a simple felt board & a travel felt board. She is currently using them to teach her daughter about shapes, colors, and sorting by one or more attribute.

Family Fun Magazine has a felt board alternative. They include directions for making a felt board inside of a shoebox, which doubles as storage for your pieces.
Muffins and More shares felt board people and snowman. She has even made complete outfits for her daughter to put on the felt people. This cute heart puzzle is also Miss Muffin's handiwork. Melanie shares a felt board activity for the classic finger play song Five Little Ducks. Use this activity to engage your child in rhyme and repetition, backwards counting, and
independent storytelling.
Sara also shares her version of this classic song and provides a link to where she got her template.
Missy shares this "Who Ate the Food" felt board kit. It accompanies the classic children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Childcare Land share some felt board story ideas, complete with finished examples, directions on how to make and use her examples, free downloads, and resources for purchase. If you are new to felt board activities, the free examples provided will give you a start.

Most recently Thrifty Craft Mama shared a geometric shape pattern for a pick up truck. Follow her links to also build a castle and a train.

The Artful Parent shares an autumn scene and provides links within her post to a storyboard for Chicken Little. She also uses felt board for "build your own" flowers pots & an underwater scene that covers an entire wall! Imagine the hours of imaginative play and story-telling this provides!

Linda demonstrates the use of felt boards for older students: story scenes, counting with a 100 board, Roman numerals, place value, carrying, regrouping, and multiplication.

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Today is our two week anniversary & the last of our daily giveaways. We hope you've enjoyed the ideas you've seen so far and continue to come back for more. Please continue to share the activities you are doing with your own children so we can all benefit from each other's ideas. Submit your ideas by emailing:
Today's giveaway is a travel felt board set handmade by Katie from Katie's Nesting Spot.
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  1. Great ideas! I will have to make my girls a felt book for traveling. What a great idea - I never thought about felt as a learning tool!

  2. Slap me silly! Why didn't I think of that? I've got tons of felt! (But I'd rather win than make it myself! lol) Thanks for all the links!

  3. i have a post on homemade feltboards, one uses a pizza box so you have easy storage of your pieces:

    another easy thing if you don't have felt just color a printout laminate and glue a piece of sandpaper to the back it will stick!

  4. I became a follower last night using Bloglines and forgot to leave a comment.

  5. I think I just marked most of the sites under my favorites!!

  6. I am a follower. Oh, and I have made a felt board just using two pieces of felt with cardboard in between. It's fine for us!

  7. I made a felt board that folds closed using two pieces of stiff cardboard covered in felt. My LO likes to play with the felt doll cutouts I made for her. I made her clothes to go with the dolls and a little felt bed shape and she likes to put the dolls to bed.

    We also use the board to play a felt shape matching game.

    Unfortunately, I haven't had time to blog about it yet, but maybe tonight.

  8. I have your link on my sidebar.

  9. I am a follower.

  10. I have your button on my sidebar.

  11. I submitted a lesson for color collages.

  12. My girls are LOVING their felt boards!

    They are providing hours of learning fun!!!

  13. OOOooo -- Really lovin' Felt on Fridays. Could we make this a reoccurring theme?

    I'm working with a 2-1/2 yo that's a bit behind the learning curve. Since I am still putting together activities for her, I appreciate ones that are cost conscience (aka cheap).

    Follower and Blogger Buttoned, I am having the best time introducing your site to my home daycare friends, and I look forward to your updates.

  14. I love your site. Thanks for linking to me for my ladybug snack. My girls still love to make them to eat. I added your button to my blog yesterday! :)

  15. So exicted about the make and take felt board. We are traveling this summer and will be car bound for 11+ hours a day, and I can make this for a fun thing to do while strapped in. Thanks for all the GREAT ideas.

  16. I am most interested in Preschool age group. These idea's have been terrific! One thing I do with the feltboard for my kids is make little puzzles of tents or animals where. I have a little picture for them to look at and then they recreate it with the pieces in their bag. Thanks again for all the great idea's!

  17. I'm most interested in anything my 16 month old can do, but I like to read about activities for when he's older too. I like A, B, C things and counting, crafts, etc. Obviously we love books, but we do enough of that on our own site anyway. I like it all!

  18. I have your button on my site.

  19. Oh, I want one, I want one!

    I am most interested in art projects for my two preschoolers and literacy activities for them as well!

  20. I am already a follower..

    Have I told you how much the two Katies rock?

  21. Can you believe that we haven't used felt yet?!! I wonder how hard it would be to cut out the ABCs in felt. I'm interested in any preschool age activities.

  22. Bear fell asleep so I managed to put together the felt board post on my blog.

    Of course, it links back to a few of the places mentioned here.

  23. I'd love more preschool activities-my daugher loves it all. I made her a felt board for Christmas and all the girls like to play with it. Thanks for all the links-found some new stuff to do for her board.

  24. I like the educational crafts activities, so if you can dedicate a tag for this would be fantastic :)

    (sorry if my english is bad, I think I need back to school)

  25. You have inspired me to finally finish my felt boards today! I have decided not to nap and hot glue those googly eyes to the fish, cut out trianges, and make arms for my snowmen. All in 3's because I am making 3 sets as gifts! Thanks for the motivation.

  26. I am a new follower. I have do in-home child care for children ages 7 mo to 6 years old. I like any and all activities because children like variety and learn from everything.

  27. I am a follower

  28. I am interested in pre-school age activities

  29. I am interested in art and language activities.

  30. Thanks for featuring my felt shapes truck!

    I know your giveaway is over, but I would love to see activities for kids aged four and younger, because that's what I have :)