While I love a good messy activity sometimes it’s nice to switch gears and do something a little more low key. I have a variety of themed felt boards that I keep on a wall in our first floor hallway. Every winter we bring out our Holiday Felt Boards– a felt Christmas Tree and Snowpeople. Simple craft felt, a glue gun and a little creativity is all you need to bring your own holiday felt boards to life.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOLIDAY FELT BOARDS
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AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT ENHANCED BY HOLIDAY FELT BOARDS
fine motor development
gross motor development
HOW TO MAKE THE HOLIDAY FELT BOARDS
Cut a large tree shape out of the green felt. Using the smaller pieces of felt cut shapes such as candy canes, ornaments and stars. Use the glue gun to add details.
For the snowpeople cut three circles (small, medium, large) out of white felt. Using the felt sheets create a variety of body parts such as carrot noses, pipes, hats, stick arms, coal circles for eyes and buttons, button noses, scarves, mittens, etc. Great time to get creative!
Attach the tree and snowpeople bodies to a wall. Last year I used removable velcro strips, but I have rough and tumble kids and they kept ripping them off the wall so this year I nailed the felt pieces to my wall. I’m enjoying the fact that the felt stays on the wall, but not so sure if my walls will love all the nail holes. We’ll deal with that in 2013.
Place a bin filled with the Christmas tree felt decorations and snowpeople parts in front of the large tree and snowpeople. Encourage your child to explore the different ways they can create snowpeople and decorate the tree. “Look at how you added all the ornaments on the top of the tree? What else can we put on?” “Oh, the snowman has a button nose! Hmm, let’s sing Frosty to help us think of other things we can add!”