Felt boards are a fun and useful learning tool and we have been using ours to teach Rosa about numbers and shapes. I made my own numbers and shapes felt set which was quite simple to do. The numbers were traced from a wooden number puzzle we had on hand and the shapes from a wooden shape puzzle. I teach with this set by first putting the shapes into separate piles and asking Rosa to find the triangles for example. She then places the triangles on the felt board, counts them, and finds the matching number to place beside them. After we count all the shapes, I test Rosa's number recognition skills by placing all the numbers at the top of the board and asking her to put the number I name in the middle of the board. Rosa has really enjoyed learning her numbers and shapes in this way.
There are a number of felt sets available to buy which can be used to act out stories such as The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Noah's Ark, and more. Acting out a story with felts is a great way to teach kids how a story progresses from beginning to end and helps prepare them to write their own stories. I have also made a set of felt dolls with outfits by tracing the paper dolls from the Fabulous Book of Paper Dolls.
You can find some other great felt board ideas on the blog A miracle to me. If you are crafty and want to make your own felt board, there are good instructions at jchandmade. You can find more felt sets and felt boards available at the Kids Love Learning Store as well.
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