Why felt craft activities are important?
Using a flannel board with felt craft activities are very important if you want to teach a child reading. Because visual images are easier to memorize than visual symbols. It is an amazing storytelling tool. A great thing about felt crafts is that it is more than an image. It's a sensory image!
Generally, you can make felt figures yourself by cutting and gluing felt fabric or you can buy felt figure sets online. There are beautiful felt sets available nowadays. Using visual aids as a way of teaching and promoting reading and language development is exceptionally helpful for children that are bilingual, as these children often have hardships understanding and following stories. Because with felt fennel stories you can always tell a story even to kids who don't understand the language.
Flannel board and felt craft activities
Felt craft activities are usually conducted with the help of a flannel board. A flannel board is a larger board made of felt as well. We use felt flannel board because felt sticks to felt. This way you can show a sequence of events and tell various stories on the board.
At first, felt stories can be shown and emphasized by you, but in time your child can take over telling you his/her sequence of events.
If you decide to make a flannel board yourself you can follow easy steps below to see how you can make a flannel board. Check here for various uses of felt in the world.
An easy instruction of how to make a flannel board with felt fabric.
Materials: cardboard, paper knife, glue, felt fabric set.
- You need a large piece of cardboard. A TV box or from some furniture will be good. We need only one sheet of cardboard. Use a paper knife to cut one piece of cardboard and make it appropriate to the size of the felt paper – it should be 1-2 inches smaller than your craft felt.
- Get the felt material of a larger size, glue it on top of your cardboard. The felt fabric size should be larger than your cardboard size.
- Fold ends of a felt fabric at the back of your cardboard and fix them there.
- Now your felt board is ready and you can start working on your felt story! As you know, felt paper sticks to each other, so by adding different felt paper pieces to your flannel board, you can tell many, many stories.
- Use the rest of your craft felt paper and be creative. You can cut your child’s favorite book characters from felt and tell a story about them on your felt board. If you don't have time to make a felt story, there are plenty of felt stories available for purchase at a very reasonable price.
- Lastly, as you tell the story try to emphasize your animals. For example, if there is a bunny, make it “hop”, a bird should be “flying” in the air, a frog should be “jumping”. Try to imitate animal voices, be enthusiastic! Don't forget to collect all your felt pieces in a separate bag, as you will be using them often now!
- By the way, when deciding which story to tell with your felt fabric check through various nursery rhymes for children, as they can serve as an inspiration to your felt story. Or you can choose a seasonal theme. These pictures below are great for a Christmas theme.
Golden rules for flannel board felt stories
- Interests: Don’t hesitate to ask your child what he/she wants to hear. It’s important to follow your child’s interests and passions.
- Involvement: After you determine a theme ask your child to help you with cutting and decorating felt pieces. It will give your child a chance for further developing his/her fine motor skills and promote cognitive development.
- Performance: Ask your child to tell you his/her favorite felt stories by giving them all the required pieces. Besides it’s very important to give your child chance to be a storyteller as it will teach them about a sequence of events, train their memory, promote their self-esteem (as now he/she is a storyteller), enhance their creativity and verbal communication skills.
To sum up, promoting reading through visual and sensory tools helps children see a connection between written words, spoken words, and images. It promotes self-expression among children and stimulates their imagination. Therefore felt craft activities are a great way of teaching reading, improving a child's vocabulary, teaching them about different words and processes, developing their oratory skills and growing a child’s confidence.