FYI: Scott and I took the Young House Love thrift shop challenge on Saturday before the big storm hit on Sunday.  We’ll post about what we purchased for $20 later, and what we learned along the way, too.  For now, let’s just say that our little girl was on the receiving end of the majority of that spending.  No surprise there!

I eat Chex.  A lot!  Especially rice and cinnamon Chex.  I started eating them (a lot!) early in my pregnancy with Susanna.  I found that they helped my feed-me-often stomach desire.  I could stash them easily in a desk drawer at work, grab a few, and quietly fill up the seemingly-forever-empty stomach of mine.

So when I wanted to make a felt board for Susanna, I turned a source I had plenty of in our house: Chex boxes.

As a child I was amused by felt boards.  I loved how felt sticks to felt and no fasteners are needed.  I love how you can rearrange shapes and forms to create story possibilities, and it can all fold neatly up.  (I was not a neat child.  Ask my parents about my room and you’ll know this!)

Knowing that Scott and I really did not want to invest (too much) in the baby commercial world, I did a little search on DIY felt boards and found one by Made by Joel that I used as a model.

The first thing I did was gather the supplies.

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Then I trimmed the Chex box, creating 2 separate pieces,  I later cut the edge off of the one on the right, making a larger piece and a smaller piece.  I thought the smaller one would work in more confined settings and that it would be cool to have a spare one when needed (so we didn’t have to go to another room for one perhaps).

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I measured the box pieces to figure out the best alignments on the felt.  After that I drizzled the glue on the trimmed Chex boxes and placed them face down on the felt.

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Anticipating a bit of curling up or possible non stickage, I placed a sheet of wax paper on the felt/board (check picture) and added two of Scott’s books on top to hold it all in place while it dried.

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Once it dried, I cut the felt into two boards and trimmed the edges.

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Finally I thought about the images that would be best for Susanna to look at, and cut them out.  I free-handed these when I cut them, so they are not perfect.  In order to spiff up the boards a bit, i added an addition layer of color for Susanna.

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I plan on using the board for as long as Susanna is interested.  It’s easy enough to store, and can be pulled out and interchanged with other toys as she grows older.  I have thoughts of making a felt   story area using a trifold board.

Uses

  • Talk with your baby about the shapes on the board.
  • Ask any other children in your home to make up stories about the shapes and images.
  • Prop the board up for your baby or other children to see while you workout or complete a task.

Project Breakdown

  • Chex box- $0 (we had lots from which to choose)
  • Glue- $0 (we owned)
  • Scissors- $0 (we owned)
  • Felt- $2.14 (I used a 50% off coupon)

Total cost- $2.14

Total time- about 1 day, but it was spaced over a few days due to life with a newborn.

Other Resources

Do you have a felt board?  Have you recently made something for your child?  Grandmas, what advice would you give to new moms or moms of children-to-be-born about eye development or simple toys/

2 comments on “DIY Felt Board

  1. Tara

    I am a new grandma, and for many years a nursery school teacher of 4 year olds. So happy to see your felt board project…..what a nice tactile experience this will be for your little one. Can’t get that from an app!
    Check out the book ‘It Looks Like Spilt Milk’. One piece of white felt and ten minutes’ cutting time (sharp scissors make all the difference) will give you a complete storyboard that will hold the interest of most children aged two and up.
    For a younger child, keep it simple…..basic shapes in bright colors. Of course, teething babies can’t chew on the felt, as the dyes may run-ick! Store each story/shape set in it’s own envelope to keep them clean and ‘sticky’

  2. Wendy Ennis Post author

    Tara,

    Welcome and thank you so much for the Grandma (and teacher) wisdom!

    I looked up *It Looks Like Spilt Milk,* and it’s wonderful! You are right about the tactile experience. One of my former principals shared a study that showed that students learn more when they have a real book to read. The tactile experience was key to their learning.

    Scott and I will seriously consider adding this to our Future Book List for Susanna!

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