There is some very nice sensory play items on the commercial market. But, I prefer to make my own felt shapes versus purchasing manufactured products.
This multi-part post will show you how to get started making economical felt shapes for pre-school children and younger grade school children.
Making felt items for kids to experience texture and shapes is requires minimal artistic skills and few tools.
- Felt in different colors can be found at craft stores and fabric stores.
- Paper. (i use tissue paper, paper sack, new paper, old envelope.)
- Variety of different shapes to trace. In this post we focus on circles.
Household items to trace for the shape
- jar lids
- note cards
- small boxes
- credit cards
In this last image I used empty roll of Duct Tape to make nice circles.
What could a tan colored felt circle be in your child’s imagination?
I imagined a cookie to go along with the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at first.
Then I saw a pancake or a ball.
What is most important, tho’ , is what your child can imagine in play.
- Understanding that need for freedom to imagine, I did not want that circle to be locked in to only being a chocolate chip cookie.
- Chocolate chips made from scraps of darker brown felt can be added to or taken away as the child sees fit.
- Save the scraps in a zip-lock bag.. Some time in the near future you may need tiny pieces of this or that. Why go buy a 9 X 12 piece for a 1 inch square? Using left-overs is almost like gettign them for free.
- bigger white circle
- smaller yellow circle
The amazing thing about using basic shapes is that a plain circle can also be a beach ball , sun, a plate r anything else your child can image.
If you are reading Green Eggs and Ham you may want to substitute with green circles used a a rug in play living room.
What do felt shapes do?
- Felt shapes inspire imaginary play as children mimic adults and others at work, at hoe, at play as children learn about the world they live in.
- The more senses we use the more we retain what we learned.
- Match; count;sort;create and more…
Resources for parents to explore:
Update September 17, 2017: Wow! over 2 years have passed since I publisheed this post. Making felt shape turned into an on-line Shopify Store now known at No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store. Click HERE to begin to Explore the Store collections.