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Homemade Felt Story Board

Updated on December 3, 2014

A felt storyboard is a great way to learn while playing

When we were small, the felt storyboard was a favorite activity. When we weren't creating our own pieces, we would use cutouts from the magazines and add felt pieces to the backs to make them stick. We could create our own world or work with numbers and letters to improve our skills. There are no limitations to its use, it is all about imagination.

What do you need to make a felt board?

It could not be more simple. A quick money saving tip is to glue the felt to a piece of cardboard. You can also use a piece of wood or the newer fiberboard. The surface needs to be firm, especially for smaller children who tend to use more force when adding their works of art.

  1. Large piece of felt slightly larger than the mounting board
  2. Mounting board
  3. Scissors
  4. School glue

Some tips

Family photos are a great addition.

Creating the alphabet and numbers is easy with stencils

Velcro and sandpaper can also be used to back paper pieces.

Things you might need

As a crafter, there is always felt around. The only piece we had to buy was one that would cover the board. We have a lot of the smaller pieces around so we didn't have to buy any.

If you want to make letters for the kids to use, a cheap pack of stencils makes quick work of the job.

No need for expensive glue, Elmer's School Glue works great.

Assembly the story board

  1. Measure the felt and add an inch to each side
  2. Glue the felt to the board
  3. Fold the edges over and glue them to the back
  4. While the glue dries, get the kids busy creating shapes from various felt colors

Give the kids the scissors and the felt and ask them to be creative - This is what Niles decided to do

Since (at the time) I was making a lens for Squidoo, he cut the letter out himself. This is now a hub on HubPages but I can't change the name on the board so you will need to read it as "HubPages Rocks".
Since (at the time) I was making a lens for Squidoo, he cut the letter out himself. This is now a hub on HubPages but I can't change the name on the board so you will need to read it as "HubPages Rocks". | Source

What can you do with a felt board?

  1. It can be used to tell stories. When we were small, my mother traced the pictures from "The Carrot Seed". We also had the record that she would play and we changed the pictures with the song.

  2. It can be used to teach letters, numbers, and spelling. Although my child is ten, we will be using it for spelling words. He learns more by touch than he does hearing or seeing so we will actually use the letters to spell the words.

  3. Children can create their own shapes. Simply let them draw the designs they want and cut it out. The felt sticks to itself so no glue is necessary. They can create a landscape or a flower or an abstract cat. They are only limited by their imagination.

  4. Give them glitter, fabric paint, and permanent markers as see what they create.

  5. Pictures cut from magazines can be used. Add a small piece of felt to the back of the cut out piece.

  6. When working with a theme, draw the designs on the felt and cut out the pieces.

  7. Coloring book pictures can be colored and then cut out for additional play.

The Carrot Seed

Still love this book. My brother and I read it as kids and my kids loved it too.

The Carrot Seed

Would you believe that I still have this 78 rpm record? This is what my mom would play while my brother and I told the story on the felt board. "Na, na, it won't come up, your carrot won't come up" was probably our favorite part because we were not allowed to say it to each other.

Felt sets are all the rage - If you don't want to make your own, there are many choices

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    • hntrssthmpsn profile image

      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Oddly enough, I was just thinkin' about felt story boards last night, as I admired my pal's amazing felt crafts. These were huge when I was in elementary school, and I was thinking of making one for my house, purely for the nostalgic value.

    • SAPearl profile image

      SAPearl 6 years ago

      What a great idea! Lovely lens :)

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I made my own felt board when I was a kid, and am working on one for my granddaughter. The felt boards are popular again because they're not made from plastic, they're homey, and they're so wonderful for imaginative play and learning.