Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ducks In A Row - felt board

A game is funnier if it has detachable colorful pieces. Because the kids love the colors, love to move the pieces, to keep them in their little hands, to feel and even to smell and taste. :)
I designed this felt board with all these ideas in my minds. I love the song Five Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day ... and the counting is fun.

The board looks like a pond with water, lily pads, waves and rush.

Size for felt board:11.40 x 7.87 inches (29x20 cm); size for pieces - between 0.80 and 2.50 inches (2 and 7 cm). The pieces and the board are made from wool and acrylic blend felt. The board has two ribbons that you can hang on the wall and the ducks have Velcro on the back.

This is a dragon fly. I didn't sew the wings to seem more real. 

The ducks have Velcro on the back so you can play with them in different ways.

1.Sing the song with your kid
2.Lear the numbers and count the ducks
3.Tell a story about ducks and their family
4.Play "I spy..." and search for clouds, waterlilies, butterfly and dragonfly
5.Use the board as decor in the nursery room
6.Give it as present 
7.Use in your classroom

If you like my board and if you think is useful for your kids, you can buy it in My Etsy Store

Leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mickey Mouse Name Banner

Hello Mickey. Hello Mouse. Mickey ... Mice banner for a boy.

His name is Preston. I don't know the boy, but I think it's a baby boy. His mother wanted 2 mice for his banner.

I made colorful letters for the name.

I made it from soft and colorful felt, to be bright and cheerful in your boy's room. The letters and the mice have 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) in height and the whole banner is almost 30 inches in length (means 75 cm).

I attached heart shaped beads on each letter.

You can use the banner in your kids room or at their birthday parties.

The mice hide the place where you hang on the banner on the wall.

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Visit My Etsy Shop to see nice presents for kids: counting books, felt boards, colorful banners.


How to make a duck from felt

Make a duck, a cute little duck from felt. Make many ducklings for your kids and play together.

Materials you need:
-colorful felt (orange, yellow for ducks, white, brown, green for wings)
-needle and assorted thread

Draw a duck on a sheet of paper. Make the body and a wing.

Cut the paper pattern.

Fix it on the felt.

 Cut around the paper pattern and make 2 pieces for body and one for wing.

The beak is only a simple triangle.

First, sew the eye using a criss cross stitch.

Then sew the wing using overcast stitch.

Sew the both parts of the body using buttonhole stitch. Stuff lightly with polyfill.

Sew the beak too. Fasten off.

Your duck is ready. You can use them for playing with your kids: count, invent a story, sing Five Little Ducks ...

Here is one of my felt board for a counting book.

How to make a bird - from felt

I love birds. Do you? Some of them are sooo nice and their sings are wonderful. These are my birds. Simple birds; just as decor. 

If you want to make a bird like mine, you need:
-colorful and assorted felt
-needle and assorted thread

Draw a pattern. I like to make one like a rain drop. Draw the body and a wing. 

Cut the pattern and use a pin to fix it on the felt, then cut the shape. Cut the parts for body and one wing.

 Cut a beak from yellow felt. The beak has to be like a long thin rectangular.

Sew the eye using a criss cross stitch.

Sew the wing.

 Sew the both parts of the bird. The eye and the wing are only on one part. You can make eyes and wings on the both parts. Sew the beak, then continue to sew the body.

Stuff lightly with polyfill.

If you want, you can sew a pieces of Velcro on the back.

Your bird is ready. Make the birds with assorted colors. You can use them as decorations in your kids room, in your office, as Easter or spring decor. If you attach a Velcro, your kids can play with them on a felt board.

But, if you want that your birds to be more ... festive, use beads for wings and eyes, for example.

Ask your child, as I did, to search for ... treasures in your box and find some perfect beads for your birds.

Ready to use. Festive enough? Just think: Easter, spring, Christmas, Valentine... and so on. Use the birds to decorate.

If you have any questions, leave a comment. 

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