Felt Board

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Spinning a tale comes naturally for many children, especially when inspired by a storytelling board with movable characters and props.

What you'll need

  • Scraps of colorful felt or flannel material
  • Old shoe box or boot box
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Photos, optional

How to make it

  1. Cut one piece of felt or flannel to fit on the inside of the box lid and glue it in place (sky blue is a good, neutral color for this background).

  2. Cut the scraps of felt into figures, which will naturally stick to the storyboard. Try making trees, fish, birds, flowers, stars and even letters. People and animals can be made up of several shapes, so be sure to cut out circles for faces and eyes, as well as rectangles for arms and legs. (You can also clip magazine pictures, coloring book characters and real photos for the storytelling board.)

  3. Glue the cutouts to cardboard and glue a strip of sandpaper to the back so they will adhere to the fabric.

  4. Once you have a variety of characters and props, let the storytelling begin. Make up an imaginary story, retell a traditional fairy tale, or use real photos for true-to-life stories. When the story is done, clear the board and start a new one. When finished, pack up the felt figures and store them in the shoe box.

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