Sunday, January 17, 2010

Felt Story Fun

Caps for Sale Board Book: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (Reading Rainbow Books)This is one I grew up with, so when I had to decide which books I wanted to make into felt story sets for our 3-year-old, Caps for Sale was a definite choice.

 A peddler, who carries his wares on his head, goes for a walk in the country and naps under a nice, big tree. When he wakes up, his caps are missing - all but his own checked cap! He soon discovers the culprits: a tree full of monkeys, all wearing his caps! How will he get his caps back?

Another favorite:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Book & CD set

These felt sets, along with the gilt-framed felt board, were our little bookworm's big Christmas gift from Mommy and Daddy. A rainbow stack of felt from Michael's, some wiggly-jiggly eyes, and a hot glue gun were all I needed to create these pieces.
KID 2 loves her storyboard! I'm working on adding more stories and poems for her to play with. Do you use a felt board at home?


  1. You monkeys, you give me back my cats!!!
    We love these story in my pre-k classroom but I never thought of making it in a flannelboard. I covered the backside of my free-standing chalkboard with felt for a hugh classroom flannelboard. One question, do you make your story pieces out of felt?

  2. Yes, the pieces are cut from felt, and, like you, we like a nice, big feltboard. That means many of the pieces are pretty large. I bought the felt rectangles at a local craft store (couldn't find it by the yard), and many of the Brown Bear pieces took almost a whole sheet of felt. But I like them oversized. They would work well in a classroom setting!

    I did use some flannel within some of the pieces, but it doesn't stick as well as the felt. The flesh-colored fabric on the peddler is flannel.

    I might go back and add a bit of velcro to the back of each piece, for extra stickage.

  3. Donna, these are AMAZING!!! I love them. You really put a lot of effort into the detail of each piece! I am sure your kids LOVE it!

  4. Thanks, Karly! I still have to mount the framed storyboard in E's room, but as it migrates around the house, she hunts it down and rearranges the pieces. I'll hear her little voice from the next room "--what do YOU see?" and it's so cute!


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