We are getting ready for getting ready for Easter around herewith a few fun activities and crafts. One of the Christmas activities Ella really loved was playing with felt shapes, so I decided to finally make her a felt board. I was thinking about how I wanted to make the board and I decided it would be best to have interchanging background colours - so there are a couple of options! I also wanted something Ella could play with on the floor or propped up on her easel.
Here's what I did:
I bought a large foam board, two felt colours (I chose green and white) and some sticky-back Velcro.
I cut both pieces of felt so they were the same size as the foam board. The scissors I used weren't very sharp, so my felt sizing was a little off. I would suggest extremely sharp scissors when cutting felt!
I attached the Velcro in several spots on both pieces of felt as well as on the corresponding spaces on the foam board
Lastly, I attached one of the pieces of felt to the foam board.
This was a rushed project for me. In the future, I would definitely get rid of the creases in the felt first and do a better cutting job. Below are some of the spring shapes we made for the kids to play with. I put the pieces on the first picture, but Ella is pretty funny with them. She has a different idea of how the pieces should be put on the board as you can see from some of the other pictures.
I went a little overboard when buying the felt to make shapes, so there are a lot for Ella to choose from. She is really into geometric shapes right now and she can identify circle, square, triangle, octagon and oval. She sometimes forgets about rectangles, though. I believe her favourite is an octagon - she was SO happy when I cut out two octagon shapes for her. Just a heads up - if any of you are planning on cutting out an octagon shape those suckers are hard!! For the love of God, trace it!
At last, I was able to get one of her semi-looking at the camera. I asked her several times as she was playing if she could look at me for a picture and she simply replied 'no Mommy, I can't look at the camera'.