I had two weeks off work over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season which gave me some time to get some projects going that I had been wanting to tackle for quite a while. One of my goals for the break was to make a felt board for Portia to play with. I got the board itself put together thanks to Mama Papa Bubba’s tutorial, but I hadn’t yet created anything for Portia to actually stick to the board until last week.
I have some friends that made beautiful Christmas tree boards for their toddlers to decorate over and over again. Seeing as we had finally put away all of our Christmas decorations, I needed a new idea, so I hit up the never-disappointing Etsy.com for some inspiration. I wanted to find some printable patterns that would save me some time and effort of having to draw out my own images. I totally lucked out and found this great Mr. &. Mrs. Potato Head set! For under $4, it was very easy to justify!
There are so many fun pieces to the set and I have not cut them all out yet, but I did get a few done so that Portia could start creating her Mrs. Potato Head.
Here is what she came up with:
Yes, her glasses are upside down and I am pretty sure there is an ear and earring in her hair, but I thought this was pretty good for a first attempt.
Not only was this very entertaining for Portia, but it was also a great opportunity to talk about the different body parts and where they are in relation to one another. I had Portia look at my face to see that the nose goes below the eyes and the lips below the nose, etc. We even named all the body parts in French after Mrs. Potato Head was complete. A great learning opportunity!
Portia is not one of those kids that will sit on her own and read books for hours on end. Actually, I doubt she has ever sat alone and read a book. She loves interaction and even activities such as this one usually have a time limit of about 15 minutes. She had so much fun with the board though that I am already ready to get started on a farm scene for her to play with. I’ll be combining another Etsy find with these FREE patterns I found which even provide a list of books to read to your child to get them into the farming mood.
If you google “felt board”, you will find many ideas. Here is a site I found that will surely provide some inspiration!
Happy felting! 😉