Thursday, August 19, 2010

Show Me A Story: Felt Board Friends


I made these a while back for Mr. P. when he seemed to know a story so well, he was ready to take it to the next level.
Please excuse the errant cat hair.

I have seen similar felt board characters for popular children's stories at Lakeshore Learning Center. They also sell more plush / 3D characters with squares of felt on the back that stick to the felt board.

In any case, after reading and re-reading two of Mr. P's favorites, I decided to make my own and "animate" the classic,"Are You My Mother?"

and "Red Hat, Green Hat".

Ms. Boynton's book's sort of annoy me, but this one makes me laugh. Maybe it's because I can totally identify with the turkey who can't seem to figure out which article of clothing goes where. Cut to me with my sweater buttoned wrong...again. And the other day, I kid you not, I had a rip in my crotch all day and had no clue until Mr. P. said, "when you sit down I can see your underwear."

Here are the basic items you need for this project:

favorite book
felt in assorted colors
poster board
a large piece of felt to cover your poster board
and tracing paper, if you don't like funny looking imitations.

I prefer funny looking imitations, so I tend to just trust my eye.

You can make your own felt board by gluing any big piece of felt (any color) to a large poster board, depending on what size you want.

Use the tracing paper to copy the image from the book and then pin it to your felt before cutting, or just eyeball it. Once you cut out your felt, draw in any necessary parts like eyes, noses, mouths, etc. with markers. I used permanent markers to make sure that the felt in a baby's mouth wouldn't deem said felt suddenly expressionless.

It's fun to find pictures that involve some sort of layering, because kids like to put the felt on top of other pieces of felt. Kids just like that sort of thing.

You can then read from the story and depending on the age of the child, either manipulate the felt pieces to go with the story or let the child hold the felt pieces and cue them in as to when they should place the pieces on the felt board. Mr. P. likes to "deviate" from the story and make up his own narrative. The poor turkey from red Hat, Blue Hat has cracked his skull many a time on that final, climactic swan dive, though I refuse to animate that scene with felt.

1 comment:

  1. that very cute turkey looks surprised-like he is in big trouble. i loooove that! i would frame him and put him on my wall i like him so much. i love all these projects!!!!!


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