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April 11, 2012

Felt Board Tutorial

Part of the activity wall in Henry's classroom is a large felt board.

I got the idea one day to make it, ran to the craft store, and had it done in 15 minutes. All for under $8! Henry loves it and has had a blast playing with it.

To make it, you'll need a poster board, felt, and some sticky backed Velcro.

Around one side of the board, about two inches from the edge, place large strips of Velcro. I did Velcro so that I could easily take the felt off and wash it if I needed to.

Then attach the felt to one side and pull until it is tight and attached it to the other.

To fold the corners, I folded down one side, then put a small piece of Velcro on top of the felt. Next, fold the other side over the Velcro. Repeat for all four corners.

My lovely friend, and 3M expert, Melinda over at Life with Blog recommended hanging the felt board with the large 3M photo hanging tabs. I tried them, and they are perfect. Totally out of Henry's reach. Plus the board doesn't move at all when Hen grabs it, which mostly keeps him from trying to rip it down!

I made the felt Elmo by hand. I just roughly cut out the shapes and put it together. Thankfully Henry still recognized him!

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