I'm always on the lookout for activities that both the girls can enjoy and only require so much clean-up on my part. A felt board seemed like just the thing, so I made them a very simple one for Christmas based on this elaborate one, which caught my eye on Pinterest.
2 pieces of foam board (or canvas or heavy cardboard)
hot glue gun
felt in a variety of colors (8.5x11 sheets or larger pieces cut from bolts)
I used 20x30-inch foam board, so it would fit onto the shelf of our easel, and hot-glued two pieces together for stability. Then I wrapped large pieces of felt around the board for blue sky and green grass and glued them to the back. After that, I went to town cutting out some basic items the girls could place on the board. (Don't feel like the pieces need to be perfect—the kids could care less and will probably lose or eat half of them within a few days anyway. I freehanded everything except the cow and the horse, which were way beyond my drawing abilities.) I glued a few things, like the mountaintop, barn and flowers, but most items are just single felt pieces. Now we can add more animals and details at the girls' requests.
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I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.