Felt Activity Board
This Felt Activity Board is a simple DIY craft that your young child can play with while they learn their shapes and colors.
Hey guys, it is month #2 of our Home Depot Monthly DIY Challenge (not affiliated with Home Depot we just love their stuff!) where one blogger picks an item from Home Depot and we all have to make a project with it. For those of you who didn’t catch it last month the item was a copper fitting and we made a DIY Copper Frame. This month the item was a wooden dowel.We didn’t have nearly as much trouble coming up with a project idea this time around. Melinda’s kids have been stuck at home A LOT this winter and she has been desperate for new ways to entertain them. She came up with a felt board game for her toddler, something that would keep her busy and use a wooden dowel for the challenge. Two birds, one stone, gotta like that right?.
The project didn’t require much just two wood dowels, one piece of felt for the background, several smaller pieces of felt in different colors for the shapes, felt letter stickers for the title (you could cut these out of felt if needed), and of course, hot glue.
The first step was cutting out the shapes. We cut each colored piece of felt down to size then folded it in half and traced one half of our shape on it.
Then we cut the shape out. When we opened it we had a symmetrical shape. Don’t do a star, it will make you crazy…trust me ;).
Once all of our shapes were cut out we worked on the felt board. Melinda found an awesome piece of felt at the craft store, one side is dark gray and one side has white chevrons on it. We used the gray side for the shape game. and we created pockets at the bottom by folding extra felt up. one of the wood dowels was used at the bottom of the board to help weight it down and keep it flat. We left enough extra fabric at the base for the pocket and then placed out wood dowel, drew a line of hot glue, and folded it up to make a fold that the dowel was inside.
Then we drew three lines of hot glue, one on each edge and one in the middle to make two pockets.
I love how to white chevron side looks as the bottom pocket. It’s a perfect place to keep all of the shape pieces and anything else a 2 year old can think of to stick in there! We also placed a dowel at the top to attach our string to. We put a line of hot glue and folded a small flap of felt around it to create a space for the dowel. We then tied one end of string to each end of the dowel so we could hang it.
After the pocket was make we used the felt letters that were stickers to create our title at the top and then beneath the words we used hot glue to attach the shape outlines. The centers of the shapes stayed loose so the kids could work on matching the inside of the shape with the outside of the shape.
This was a simple project and the kids are really enjoying it. You can customize it any way you like. You can add words to the felt, or cut out letters, you can even cute out fun animals and people shapes and let the kids use it as a storyboard.
Don’t forget to check out what other awesome dowel projects all of the talented ladies in our group came up with this month!