stretched artist canvases from their local craft supply store, and other people choose to tweak a sturdy board & easel. For us we like the quick & easy way, plus it's the most versatile felt board option out there...
Let's get started!
Which Style Do You Like?
I like the inexpensive Ikea board & easel felt board option so much so, because this felt board idea can be used as it's original chalk board and white board option, as well as a portable stand up felt board! The height is perfect for preschoolers to stand next to and the tray gives them a place to put their felt story pieces. Plus, it is light weight. I LOVE IT!!
If the weight & board area is not an issue with your story time purpose, or if you think you may need a table top easel for it's storage factor instead then you'll find good name brands, like the ones mentioned above, nice options.
Take a look at your local fabric store if you have the time, it is fun to do. There you can actually touch and feel the quality of material before you decide and purchase. When shopping online, you may want to read the reviews before you choose, since there are different grades to pick from, a good review will give you more details and insight of what other customers liked about the product.
Step 1: Measure the Board
Step 2: Velcro Dots
To attach the felt to the board & easel, I use round self adhesive Velcro dots. If you choose the option to place your felt material on the board area itself, having Velcro dots on the board may be unappealing.
Here's a felt teaching tip: When the board is not in felt story mode, the Velcro can be used to stick on felt images as decor. I've also used the Velcro to give felt images a place to rest before they play their part in the story line. This would be when I put to service the felt story sets that come with a 24x17 scenic background as shown in this blog's intro picture. But, when I use the green felt background, the sheet is large enough to cover the entire easel frame.
Step 3: Cut Felt to Size
Step 4: Embellishment
After you finalize the fourth step, you're ready to gather your favorite felt story sets and pick the best place to put your newly embellished felt board.
Felt board teaching can and is used for many concepts, especially for those things that preschoolers love to learn about: colors, numbers, letters, etc.
so What About Storage?
As mentioned above, I went with the board and easel route because of the versatility of this option.
The felt sheet can be folded and placed in a large zip lock bag, school room drawer, or a clear storage box, like a 14 x 11 x 3.25 Large Clear Sterilite Clip Box.
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