DIY- Making a Feltboard

Sometimes simple is better.  With all the fancy toys available, my kids still really enjoy a plain, simple felt board.  I love the simplicity, versatility, and durability of this a feltboard for play and learning.  (It also makes a great, portable vertical surface- see my post here on the benefits of play on vertical surfaces.)

How to make your own felt board (no sewing required):

  1. Buy one large piece of felt from the fabric storeIMG_3917
  2. Find a large, firm board.  This might be a 2ft x 2ft board from the home improvement store (they come in all kinds of materials), or something from around the house (old cookie sheet, cardboard, ceiling tile, painting canvas, or anything large and flat.)
  3. Cut the material at least 4-6 inches longer and wider than your board; a bit extra will make assembly easier.
  4. Lay the material on the floor, board on top.  Then pull the edges over the back and glue down.  I found hot glue to work very well on felt.IMG_3897
  5. Buy small sheets of felt in varying colors- just cut into pieces to use.  If you want to be fancy, you can use craft glue to glue felt pieces together to make more complex shapes or images.
  6. Store the pieces in ziplocs based on themes.  Theme ideas: house, person and clothing, snowman, counting, letters of my name, birthday cake.

Variations:

  • Make a small, travel-sized board.
  • Put felt over an easel for easy play.
  • Use a large frame (remove the glass) and cover the backing piece with felt, use the frame to hold it in place.
  • Put a large piece of felt on the floor and use felt pieces during gross motor play.

More ideas:

  • Story Time Kate
  • Felt Board Ideas Blog
  • You can buy kits from teacher supply stores, such as Lakeshore Learning, or there are kits on Amazon as well.
  • Try a Pinterest search- tons of ideas to make a home.
  • Google image search will also give tons of images to give you inspiration.  Also try looking for “flannel board.”
Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.