My mother-in-law gave me some cute farm themed material and I knew as soon as I got it that I would use it for a flannel board activity. Well, she gave this to me probably six months ago and I apparently been lazy. Or taking care of two kids. Either one. I FINALLY pulled it out since we have our farm animal tot school theme with John this week.
Here's the deal with flannel boards...I don't actually want to make all the felt things. I know they are cute but mine will probably turn out like crap and it will take me FOREVER to put it together. And I didn't have a flannel board. However, how could I ever live with myself if I didn't provide cut flannel board activities for my son?! Well, that might be a bit dramatic since I have lived with myself for the past two years perfectly fine without flannel board stuff in my house, but I digress.
So, here is my trick: find fabric with the pictures already on it! SO EASY!
I took this fabric...
cut out the pictures and hot glued it to some craft felt...
my helper was too cute and EVERY time I glued a piece down he said 'beary beary hot!'
thanks blogger for rotating my picture! you are so sweet!
then cut out the felt around the pictures and ta da, a very cute flannel board activity!
No flannel board at your house? Here is how I made mine the same night that I was making the SUPER EASY farm pieces.
I took a really ugly (and free!) sweatshirt...
used hot glue to cover a piece of cardboard with a piece of the inside of the sweatshirt...
(the cardboard was already bent like that because it was packaging from Matthew's new car seat. BONUS!)
and ta da, a cheap flannel board!
I kid you not, John was trying to grab the animal pieces from me as I was cutting them out of the felt. This entertained him for 15 minutes solid before we had to put it way so he could go to bed. I should have made this a long time ago!
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