Thursday, May 21, 2009

Felt Alphabet

More felt board stuff yesterday. Felt suddenly guilty that I'd 
not done more conscious formal educating of the kids. 
I mean, I think my kids are educated: they know where 
all the fabric stores are, they manipulate cookie cutters 
without injury, they can name all the smurfs, they 
recognize Enid Blyton books as superior reading material 
and they can sing the theme songs of influential programs 
like Maisy, Sesame Street (jazz - check!) and 
Richard Scarry's Busy People.

But perhaps they should also know their ABCs, I thought. 

Emily recently cut her name out of paper, so at least we 
know she is familiar with 5 of the 26 letters anyway.  

But she inspired me to do some letter-cutting myself. 

It was good to finally finish this project, which has been 
on my to-do list for a number of months. What's shocking 
is that I actually have 26 different colors of felt. I like toys, 
and I like education, but sometimes I am not crazy about 
toys that try too hard to educate. Incidental learning is 
valuable, too, so for this alphabet set, I cut the upper- 
and lower-case of each letter out of the same color. 

This is what Jenna spelt when she first played with it - 
her first palindrome!

What amused me even more, though, was that 
our brown microfiber sofa turned out to be 
a rather good felt board too!


  1. I keep thinking about making felt alphabet letters for my kids, but so far I'm consistently too lazy to cut them out...

  2. Very cute! What a great use of the couch too!

    Congrats on figuring out the buttons on your blog too! : )

  3. What a fun and hands-on way to explore and learn the alphabet.

    I am in the process of making a felt board featuring shapes. The plan is that my little girl will be able to use the basic shapes to make animals and simple structures. She loves the book "Mouse Shapes" so I thought a felt board might be a way where we can play and design all sorts of creatures.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Thank you, all!
    MA: I procrastinated for months! But that night when I actually did cut them out, it took maybe an hour total. Less time than cutting out the princess castle and astronauts etc. Do-able!
    F: Yes, finding out the couch was a decent felt board was great. But also felt silly, wondering if I should have just used the couch all along instead of making a felt board!
    E: I bet your felt board and shapes are going to turn our wonderfully! Basic shapes are really the best way to go because there is no limit (apart from the kids' imaginations) to what you can create from them. Mary Anne has some very good felt-board shape ideas on her blog -go visit and see!

  5. Great felt letters! Whatta cute n' crafty site with uber fabulous step-by-step photos. Thanks so much for the blog link... I've added yours to mine as well.

  6. 26 colors! u really amaze me. :) will u be doing numbers next?

  7. They look amazing!!! Did you use a stencil? I only ask because i think my own letters won't look quite as nice! I really want to make a alphabet hopscotch out of felt!!! The alphabet and felt board are a great idea too!! Thanks for sharing!


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