Felt board

For my first afterschool project of the year I made a felt board with the kids. This was a good first project because we worked as a group and because the board can be used all-year round. The board was made by stretching a large piece of felt over a cardboard rectangle. The felt edges are hot glued to the back of the cardboard then placed in a frame. We made a poster-sized felt board with a bright blue background. The kids and I cut out various scraps of felt to make an assortment of shapes in different sizes and colors. The shapes are used on the board to create images. A felt board uses the principle of friction to hold felt shapes in place. The shapes can be easily moved, rotated, or taken off of the board to create infinite picture variations. No glue is needed! The kids enjoyed cutting the felt, but especially loved creating pictures.