One of my favorite things to do for my toddler is make pieces for her felt board. She loves to carry them around and be told what they do, especially the animals. The pieces are soft, washable, and made of fabric, so I don’t have to worry too much about what she’s doing with them.
We’re not very religious, but I wanted my little one to learn about some of the symbols of the season. I decided her felt board would be a great tool for this and devised a plan for a Christmas felt advent calendar.
I picked out 25 symbols I wanted to include. For some, I used clip art I printed from online. Others, like the light bulbs and presents, I created from memory. I tried to keep things simple and designed hanging, possibly fragile elements to twist back in on the piece to secure them in more than one place.
After I cut the pieces from felt, I secured them with Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue. Then, with the help of my mother, because there were a lot of small pieces, sewed the pieces together (the glue doesn’t hold for long). Finally, I numbered each piece with a permanent fabric marker.
There was only one piece I had to remake – the sleigh. I used imprinted felt for the sleigh and it absorbed the marker quickly. The marker bled making the number unrecognizable.
Overall, I’m very happy with the results. It’s simple and I don’t have to worry about her losing pieces, because they’re easy to remake. Here is a picture of all the pieces I created, including a large Christmas Tree that goes on the felt board to hold the smaller pieces. Her felt board (not pictured) is divided into land and sky, and the tree looks nice on it.
Do you have a handmade advent calendar or a felt board?