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Hoping this is the right place to ask.<br><br>
So I made a felt board for DS1 (almost 3.5 yo) but now I do not know what to make for cut out for the board. I have a few colors and enough felt to do grass and sky.<br><br>
Please give me some ideas!! I wanted to do books but all the books I started looking at were just to hard to cut tiny pieces.<br><br>
Thank you,<br>
Lisa Marie
 

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I saw a cool book at the library yesterday. of course canNOT remember the name of it!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
But it was about zoo animals made out of abstract shapes. The lion head was like a hexagon (the mane) with a circle in the middle(the face) 2 small circles(the eyes) a small upside down triangle( the nose) and so on.<br>
There was a monkey face, a goat, a snake, a bear. All made from these different shapes. It was really cute.<br><br>
You could also cut out felt leaves, a tree trunk, to make a tree grow. Stems, leaves and petals for a flower garden. Vegetable shapes are fun.<br><br>
Now you've got me thinking...I'm gonna make a felt board!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I think the above suggestions are great! I'd like to also suggest:<br><br>
interfacing is stiffer and thinner than felt - more like paper - and works just as well on a felt board, plus you can draw/color on it with markers.<br><br>
For special events or stories, you can use paper (printed or copied or...)with a piece of sandpaper glued to the back. (Just watch these if you have wood floors.)<br><br>
Cut out several of a fun simple shape (jelly beans?) in various colors and/or sizes for math stories.<br><br><i>and</i><br>
Here's a fun game we used to play with the feltboard: Put all the pieces together in a random mish-mosh bucket full. With closed eyes, pick out one piece at a time, add it to the board, and add to the *story.*<br><br><br>
You know, I think it's time to dig the feltboard out again. Thanks for starting this thread!
 

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If you want to do pieces based on books and don't want to have lots of little pieces to cut out ,but some pellon at the fabric store and use a permanent marker and trace the characters, etc. Color them with markers and cut out the outline. I had tons and tons of these sets when I was teaching, I used to make one almost every day, lol.
 

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Thank you for all the ideas!! Would love to see (pics) others felt board stuff!!<br><br>
Please keep them coming!<br><br>
I am going to start cutting basic shapes now and I can use them for counting. The garden will be a great idea especially since we are staring to grow flowers and veggies this yr with DS1. We are about to plan the carrots in a closed container like the morning glories (already sprouting).<br><br>
Thank you again!
 

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I agree. This is really easy and fun. You can get the pellon by the yard at a fabric store. It isn't expensive. You can see through it to trace from the picture book and draw the outline with a permanent marker. Our son really enjoyed using these to tell the story himself.
 

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i just wanted to mention that i got felt numbers and letters in a big bag at the $1 store<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> it was a while ago, but worth a shot.<br><br>
oh, you could do a circle for a head. four rectangles for arms and legs and then do different outfits. some shirts, skirts, shorts, and hair do's even. so she could just pick and outfit and then stick the head and legs next to it kwim?<br><br>
you could do some shape in a size sequence, like 5 hearts smallest to biggest.<br><br>
that's all i got<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I second copying the picture out of the book and then coloring it in and putting sandpaper on the back (the scratchy side of velcro works too, if you're worried about wood floors getting scratched). I did that quite a bit when I was teaching.<br><br>
Bits of different colors of wool rovings can be used to make very pretty pictures on a felt board (a la Waldorf style pictures)<br><br>
You could also cut the basic shape of whatever figure you wanted to have from a piece of felt and then use fabric/puffy paint to add whatever details you wanted, thus reducing the cutting and gluing you'd need to do.
 

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I made DD's as an Ostara-gift a couple years back, so in addition to some basic geometric shapes, I made a tree and a chest and golden apples she could move back and forth between them...and a basket and pastel eggs to go in it.<br><br>
I actually plan on ordering her some alphabet felts soon. There are storyboard kits you can get (or get ideas from) at most teacher/homeschool supply stores
 
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