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Storytime Felt Board Fun!

“Parts of a Tree” Felt Set. Courtesy of Author.

To make storytime a more interactive experience, storytime felt boards sets can be beneficial and used in different ways. Felt pieces can add a visual element to songs and provide an opportunity for children to be a part of the storytelling process. In this post, I will give you tips on how you can create felt pieces for storytime and some examples!

How to Make Your Own Felt Pieces

When I started as a Children’s Librarian, I was so excited to purchase every felt board set that could be found online, but this can be pricey! Making felt board pieces yourself can save you a lot of money and they are very simple to make. Here are some tips to make your own pieces:

  • Be sure to purchase multicolor packs of felt, a good pair of scissors, and tacky glue and/or a hot glue gun.
  • Find outlines of the shapes you want to cut out and tape the outline to a piece of felt.
  • If a felt piece requires multiple parts, carefully cut the outline and paste the right parts to the appropriate color felt.
  • If you cannot make felt pieces, that’s okay! You can print and laminate pictures, and paste sandpaper to the back.
  • Need a YouTube tutorial? Check this video out from Kari Ann St. Jean:

Felt Board Story Ideas

“Find the Pearl!”: Looking to add a simple game to your storytime? “Find the Pearl” is a lot of fun with the children! Make mermaids with different color tails and hide a felt pearl under the tails. Because there are several parts to making the mermaids, this set can be a challenge to make. However, this game will keep your group engaged!

White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker: One very simple interactive felt board story is this classic that teaches children colors! For this story, I used a rabbit outline to make the different color rabbits. If you have a small storytime group, you can give each child a felt piece to place on the board!

“Old McDonald Had a Farm” Felt Set. Courtesy of Author.

“Old McDonald Had a Farm”: My storytime group loves this felt board set! With this set, I like to introduce the animals and their sounds. From there, we sing the song together with each child putting a piece on the board when I call the animal name.

Parts of a Tree: If you are planning a STEAM storytime program, this felt board set can be useful for you! Making felt sets for STEAM storytimes can help your group better understand these concepts.

Do you have any tips or ideas for making felt board sets for storytime? Let us know in the comments below!

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