6 Quick & Easy Felt Projects For Kids Featuring Playtime Felts

6 Easy Felt Projects For Kids! Plus tips for using felt activities to preschool and toddler speech-language development

Felt projects and activities are timeless.   There is so much learning that can be done.  You can choose to start a felt project with your little one or you can purchase pre-made felt sets that are similar to magnet boards that encourage language development through theme based vocabulary.

6 Felt Projects For Kids

If you are crafty and are looking for some felt projects that you can do with your child, take a look at some of these!  Projects such as the ones listed below are not only wonderful for speech and language development but they will also help with your child’s fine motor skill development.

After these 6 projects, you will find some information on how to use pre-made felt sets for language building activities.   Or just head to that section right now by clicking here.

Felt Dolphin Bookmark

This is dolphin bookmark is adorable and you could use this idea to make ornaments as well!.  Head over to Activity Village for full instructions.

Speech/Language Tips

Talk to your child about dolphins.  For example, where do they live?  What do they eat?  Would you want to swim with dolphins?

Easy DIY felt projects for kids - dolphin bookmark

Shamrock Pencil Topper

What a cute idea for St. Patrick’s Day!  You can find the directions for this felt project at Free Kids Crafts.

Speech/Language Tips

Depending on the age of your child you can either discuss St. Patrick’s day and why people celebrate it.  Or talk about clovers and shamrocks.  What color are they?  Where can we find them?  Why do they symbolize St. Patrick’s day? etc.

easy felt projects for kids Shamrock Pencil Topper

No Sew Library Card Pouch

This is very simple but it does involve a hot glue gun.  Head over to Misformonster for full instructions.

Speech/Language Tips

This pouch is quite versatile. It can be a wallet that can be used at a pretend play store or it can store pirate treasure or jewels.  Whatever your child decides it will be used for can open up a world of pretend play and language skill building.

6 Easy felt projects for kids - new sew pouch. Plus learn all about playtime felts for speech-language tips and activities

Kiwi Bird

This one is a bit more complicated as it will require sewing with small stitches.  It is very similar to the dolphin bookmark and you probably could turn this one into a bookmark just like the other one!  The full instructions can be found at Activity Village!

Speech/Language Tips

The tips here are very similar to what I mentioned in the dolphin project.  Talk to your child about birds, in particular the Kiwi Bird.  Where is it from?  How big is it in real life?  What does it eat? etc.  You can also talk about the supplies you will need to make this craft.  Discuss adjectives such as soft, sharp, rough, thin, pointy, etc.

6 quick & easy felt projects for kid. This is an adorable felt kiwi bird. Plus learn about playtime felts and how they can help with speech-language development

Toy Monster

You can find out how to make this little guy at Activity Village (they have lots of great craft ideas for kids).  Monsters don’t have to be scary, so have fun with this!

Speech/Language Tips

Talk to your child about monsters.  Ask if he thinks they are real or not real and why.  Give your monster a name.   Talk about what color he should be.   As with the other felt crafts discuss the materials that will be needed.

Easy Felt Projects for kids Toy Monster

Lost Tooth Pillow

This great idea comes courtesy of DLTK Kids!  They are a great resource for craft ideas, coloring pages and theme based learning.  I used to use this site a lot for materials in my Speech-Language practice.

They also give no sew directions for this which is great if you want your kids to be more involved and they are too young to sew.

6 Easy Felt Projects for Kids Lost Tooth Pillow

These are just a few of my favorite felt projects and crafts that you can do with kids.  If you do a google search, you will be bound to find many more.

Felt Projects and Language Development

If you are making your own felt creations, there are many opportunities for fine motor development (cutting, pasting, sewing, gluing, coloring, etc), however where there is the chance to practice fine motor skills, there is also the opportunity to practice speaking!

When I was practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I often worked side by side with an Occupational Therapist.  While the Occupational Therapist worked on cutting, for example, I would work on the vocabulary aspect.

Let’s take making a felt bird as an example.  First, you can ask your child what supplies he thinks will be needed to complete the craft.  If your child is unable to answer, give him some options and remind him about what needs to be done (e.g. cutting the felt, gluing on eyes, perhaps adding some sparkles, sewing the pieces together).  So, you could ask “we need to cut the felt, what do you think we could use to do that?”.

You can also talk about what the finished product will be, in this case, a felt bird.  Talk about some different kinds of birds, find out where they live, what they eat and what color they might be.  You can easily spend an hour talking about birds while making your craft.

Remember that the language used should be tailored to your child’s level.  If your child is young or has a language delay, you will want to stick with more concrete vocabulary (bird, beak, feathers, eyes, wings, fly, etc) and if your child is older or has a better grasp of the language and vocabulary, go beyond the basics!  But remember to keep it fun.

What are Playtime Felts?

Playtime Felts is a company based in the US.  Many teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists and homeschooling parents use Playtime Felts to enhance the curriculum.  However, you do not have to be in one of these professions to purchase Playtime Felts.  These are available for any parent!

I love Playtime Felts because they are theme based story boards.  As you can see in the picture below, they offer a large variety of themes.

Felt activities for kids

Playtime Felts For Language Development

Each themed set also comes with a story which is a wonderful way to help children work on memory and language recall skills.  And, rather than just telling back a story, they can make it come to life with the felt pieces.

Most children are visual learners, so having the felt pieces in hand can help them remember the vocabulary.

You and your child can also create your own stories with the felts.   Or if you have more than one set, you can work on sorting the pieces into their respective categories.

The felts are also great to target prepositions such as “in, on, under, over, above, below”.  For example, if using the community workers set, you could ask your child to “put the chef on the post office”.  Make your direction silly so that your child can’t predict where things should go.

Alternatively, you could ask your child to give you directions.  Children love getting the chance to be the teacher!

Most of the sets require some cutting, so your child can still work on fine motor skills as well.

One Thing To Note

You may need to purchase a felt playmat separately as they do not come with every set.  Or you can purchase your own large piece of felt (available at craft stores as well as some Walmart and Dollar Store locations) and use it as the background.

But there are some great sets that come with playmats.   Like this large animal themed Playtime Felt set available that comes with 3 separate playmats for various different animal habitats as well as 4 different animal boards (total of 54 characters).

See more playtime felts button

Final Thoughts

Felts offer a great learning opportunity for children!  If your child has a language delay, felts can help expand their vocabulary.  If your child does not have a language delay, use felts to encourage story telling and expanding their current vocabulary.  And of course if you are doing crafts with felts like the projects above, your child will get a chance to work on some fine motor skills.

Have you created any felt projects with your child or have you used any theme based felt sets?  Would you want to add felts to your child’s “toy” collection?  Please share your thoughts in the comments!


6 Easy Felt Projects For Kids! Plus tips for using felt activities to preschool and toddler speech-language development

43 Comments

  1. Katie

    Hi Tanya, what a great site! I love these felt projects and how you weave in learning with them. I would imagine they are very helpful for kids with tactile sensitivities too. I am a homeschooling mom and would have loved to know about these when my kids were younger. I love hands-on learning!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Katie,

      Thanks for your comment. Glad you liked the felt activities I shared.

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  2. DeAnna

    I most definitely need a way to interact and spend time with my toddlers other than watching Peppa Pig and Team Umizoomi. More one on two time and the fact that they will be learning more is helpful for me. Reading this article also let me know for me specifically scheduling is key. Very helpful

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment DeAnna. Sometimes in today’s busy world we need to make sure we schedule time in for our children so that they aren’t left in front of the TV or other electronic devices! But also give your children the time to play independently. It doesn’t always have to be about learning as learning happens spontaneously through exploration and discovery!

      But for an activity to do with your children, felts or the kits from Playtime Felts are a lot of fun!

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  3. envlizard

    Tanja! This is a great idea! I have a son who has ADD and getting him to focus on anything for a long period of time is a bit of a hassle. He is extremely smart he just wants to do everything at one time! One of these sets or any of the projects that you recommended would be great because they are quick to do and he would be able to see a finished project when completed. (In comparison to a lot of crafts where you have to wait a couple of hours or a day.) The other awesome thing about your article is that you talk about how with older children you could end up talking about birds for a whole hour without them even knowing! This is right on topic for my son. He loves to learn different facts about everything so that means that he would be able to learn a lot of facts while having a completed project. Thanks for all the information! You are amazingly helpful, I will be bookmarking your page!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Yes, these felt crafts and the playtime felt activities should hold your son’s attention. I love the activity boards for their story telling potential. You can come up with with different story each time. If you decide to try any of the felt projects or activities please let me know how your son did with them.

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  4. Ilyssa

    I have a terrible time getting my kids to do any sort of craft. These projects are adorable and make me tempted to try again. I am not so great with crafts myself which likely has not helped them in developing an interest. There are great benefits to these activities, as you have mentioned. My daughter, in particular, gets very frustrated when things don’t turn out perfect. Any recommendations on how to handle that? I would love to try the monster with her but am afraid it would be a battle rather than fun.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      I know what you mean about struggling to do crafts. Honestly, crafts are not one of my favorite activities to do with kids either, however, my children love doing crafts. These quick and easy felt projects that I listed are a great way for the non-crafter to get started because they are pretty mess free. I know many people who avoid crafts because of the mess and clean up involved.

      My daughter also gets frustrated when things aren’t perfect. It really depends on the age of the child to know how to handle the situation. If your daughter is older (6+), I would explain to her that it takes practice in order for something to look great. I always use an example of something my daughter loves to do and practices all the time. In her case it is cartwheels. She practices non stop and is great at them. So when she gets frustrated with something I remind her that with practice she will get good. I then point out that if she didn’t practice her cartwheels daily she would not be able to do the perfect cartwheel.

      Hope that helps!

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  5. Rawl

    Awe too cute. I’m also an educational professional and a mom whose son did speech therapy when he was age 7. So I like how you combine a fun craft any child would want to do with speech and motor skills. I can use these with my 6th graders. Thank you.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thank for your comment. You can definitely do these quick and easy felt projects with your students. Since they are older they will be able to work on them more independently. I would love to see some pictures of theirs I all creations if you wouldn’t mind sharing!

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  6. Tami

    I think your felt project ideas are great and create an interactive learning environment. Having fun during learning engages children more and encourages them to want to learn. I especially liked your idea on asking questions and language development. Many people don’t realize the importance of communicating with children regularly and how this helps with their speech and overall development.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment Tami! You are right, involving your children in engaging conversation is very important for speech and language development, as well as social skills. Children learn from what they hear around them. This is why I encourage parent’s to stop baby talk once their child is over a year old!

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  7. Clarie T

    Thanks Tanya. I’ll let you know when I’ve done this and you can go check it out : )

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  8. Clarie T

    Hi Tanya
    These projects are really great. It takes me back to when I was a child and making felt things. It goes to show that some things really do have a long life span. Any mom that wants to teach their child through play would benefit from this. I’m going to write a post on this on my site and if you don’t mind link this website to the post : )

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Yes, felt crafts and projects are definitely timeless. I also loved working with felts as a child and now my children do as well. I don’t mind at all if you would like to write a post about felt projects on your site. You can also link back to my site.

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  9. Jonathan D

    Great article, in this technology driven world we live in today it is so easy to just let computers or any other electronic devices do the teaching for us parents. I’m not against progress but so much is lost when children don’t have the one on one human contact and interaction with a parent or loved one.

    Thank you for your project ideas and all the other contents on your site.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      I agree Jonathan. Our world is driven by technology but it is not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of good has come from technological advances. However, for a child to truly understand technology, they need to build strong foundations first. These foundations begin with human interaction.

      I believe that as children grow up, technology can actually help them. You can read my thoughts on this here: Are There Benefits To Game Based Learning? My answer may surprise you!

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  10. RightKarma

    Hi Tanya

    I love your site and have now learned all about Felt projects. This is something I had never explored before. Though my children are grown up, I am planning to pass your website to my friends who have young children. I think that they will find the information on your site helpful. Amazing info and all the best to you!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      I am happy to hear that you learned some valuable information about felt projects and kids that you will share with your friends. I plan to keep adding more relevant information to the site. I hope your friends will find it helpful!

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  11. Paula

    These are lovely ideas. I am due to have some time off work soon with my 2 kids and some of these ideas would be great for rainy day activities.
    I love the dolphin bookmark and I love that they are quick and easy.
    Thanks, I will be coming back to this.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks Paula, I agree, felt projects and crafts are a great rainy day activity. Make sure to check out the playdough recipe and activities. Also a lot of fun!

      Basic Homemade Playdough Recipe

      Fun Playdough Activities To Encourage Language

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  12. The Fat Guy

    Hello Tanja,

    I have four grandchildren and they are sprouting up so fast on me it is hard to find ways to connect with them so I came online and found your site.
    I never thought of felt as a way to get involved with them and I see that even the little guys can get involved in this as long as you are there to help them.
    I am going to go out and get some felt today and practice so I will be prepared when they come over next week, we get to keep them for a week and we are really looking forward to it and this is a great idea.
    I will be bookmarking your page for more ideas to do with them.
    Thanks,

    The Fat Guy.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi,

      You sound like a wonderful grandfather! It is great that you are so involved with the grandchildren. Felt projects for kids can be a lot of fun for the whole family. See where your imagination takes you!

      Since you will have your grandchildren for a whole week, you should try making some playdough with them. I have a recipe and some activities you can do with playdoough on the site. Here are the links:

      Basic Homemade Playdough Recipe

      Fun Playdough Activities To Encourage Language

      If you make the playdough, please let me know what you and the grandkids thought of it!

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  13. Ana

    I loved the quick and easy felt projects for kids post and on how to work language thought out the activity.

    I work with children to, and I’m always making them talk about what they’re doing, what they’re seeing, what they’re thinking… And correcting the misspelled words and the grammar.

    Going to check your other posts!

    Nice site!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Ana,

      I am glad that you enjoyed the post. It is great to get children to narrate their activities. Some do it naturally but others need a bit of help. If a child has a language delay then it becomes even more challenging.

      Let me know what you think of my other posts. Feel free to leave a comment on some of the other articles, especially if you have any questions!

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  14. Charlotte

    Hello Tanya, your site is good and helpful, I liked this post for kids. I was wondering what I can do with my son to distract him. He is now 8 months and is starting to get interested by whatever he sees. I think I will soon need these kind of activities with him. I have to bookmark your page.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Charlotte,

      Thanks for taking a look at my site and checking out the Quick and Easy Felt Projects for Kids article. I am sure in a few years your son will find felts a lot of fun. In the meantime, there are many other activities you can do with your son to keep him entertained as well as giving him a good foundation of early language skills.

      I think the articles The Baby Peek A Boo Game: Why is it so important? and Blowing Bubbles With Kids: A great activity for language development! will be very helpful to you.

      Let me know what you think about these.

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  15. Maura

    What an interesting and informative post! I love the picture of the heart ornament – so clear and fitting to the topic. I will be recommending your website to friends I have that homeschool their small children. I am a spinner so when I saw this about felt – I was thinking about felting raw wool. And there I was – overthinking it!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for sharing this site with your friends that home school. I post a lot of info that should be of interest to home schooling parents. I think that The 6 Best Things About Lego Games and Activities For Kids would be of interest to many of them.

      I am not familiar with felting with raw wool. It sounds very interesting.

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  16. Sarah

    I used to love making felt crafts as a kid, but would always be frustrated in how it was difficult to cut and sew with sometimes. Are there any scissors or shears you would recommend to go along with your craft supplies?

    I wish that teachers (and parents) of children would use more handmade items in teaching things. Kids seem to just learn better when it’s that way, rather in being in front of a screen.

    Do you have a resource for patterns and templates one can use for applicable arts and crafts like this? Thanks.

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    1. Tanya

      Hi Sarah,

      I find that small craft scissors work best for felt projects. I buy them at craft supply stores. They are quite sharp so it’s best an adult use them when doing felt activities with young children. Unfortunately, I do not have any templates that I myself have come upwith, however a quick google search should bring up a lot of results.

      Children definitely learn better during hands on activities. Children for the most part are visual and tactile learners. They need to see and feel things in order to learn effectively. This is especially true for children under the age of 3.

      If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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  17. Steph

    I love, love, LOVE felt! I think they always look too cute and they’re also rather affordable. These remind me a lot of some activity books I had as a child, where characters were printed as a cling or decal and could be moved around on a plastic ‘world’. I would love to introduce my niece to Felt Projects. Thank you for this! 🙂

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    1. Tanya

      Hi Steph,

      Yes, felts are just like those “cling on” activity books. I remeber having those as a child as well. We would come up with some pretty imaginative stories. Felts are fun because you can always go out and buy big pieces of felt and make your own characters and props to go along with some of the premadethemes that you can get from Playtime Felts.

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  18. Brigitte

    What lovely tips Tanya! Picked up a few new ones and others I didn’t realise I was naturally doing.

    My grandies love coming to me as we usually do some sort of craft and they love it. We’ve made masks, slippers, owls… and of course they love story telling. Those playtime felts look like so much fun. Felt is soft and so colourful.

    I can see how much they learn from it all as you say it’s a great way for their motor and language development.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Brigitte, thanks for your lovely comment. It is true, most people don’t realize that some of the things they are doing naturally are actually very helpful to their child’s development.

      Kids love crafts as well as story telling and felts work well to achieve both of these goals!

      It sounds like your grandchildren must have a great time with you.

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  19. kirk wilke

    I love this idea for kids. I often substitute for kindergarten and most of their toys are hard and I feel a bit unsafe. These are not only safe but educational. I can see how these could be used in show and tell also and bring a child out of his or her self. I will pass this information on.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks Kirk! Felts like the ones offered by playtime felts are a great teaching tool to use in preschools and kindergarten classes. The children can safely play with them while still learning! And the great part is, the child doesn’t even realize that they are learning.

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  20. Bo the Webguy

    I remember doing similar projects back in VBS during the summers of my youth. I like projects like this that are hands-on and help in learning. There are so many electronic teaching aids these days. There is a place for them, but I really think parents should encourage more activities like these felt projects. Thanks Tanja!

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    1. Tanya

      I completely agree with you about the electronics! This is one of the reasons why I have started this site. So many people think that their child will learn or even be smarter by watching “educational” shows or playing “educational apps” on various devices. There is a time and a place for these gadgets and yes, they can help with learning for an older child, but not so much with younger children.

      Kids have so much fun making felt projects or just telling stories with felt cutouts!

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  21. Saber

    Hi Tanya, I love this playtime felts idea. I’ve been wishing to make a felt board for my 2 year old nephew since a few months ago. Wanted to use it for story telling and play. Didn’t know that it can help for language development too! Thanks for sharing this!

    Saber

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Saber,

      Story telling and play are two of the best ways to encourage language development and learning new vocabulary. The great thing is that when you go about teaching language through play, the child doesn’t even realize that they are learning. Its best to keep it as natural as possible. Ditch the flash cards and just have fun!

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  22. Liz

    I am a child care teacher and felt projects are great! You gave me some ideas that i have not thought of. Not just the projects either,but using language development along with the projects. I work with young children and am always working on using words with them. I will be checking out the playtime felts. They look really fun! My kids are very hands on so they would love this! Thanks.

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    1. Tanya

      Hi Liz,

      I think because language and speaking is second nature to adults, we often forget how important it is to a developing child. You can incorporate new language opportunities into pretty much any activity. One of my favorites is blowing bubbles. If you do decide to try out the playtime felts, let me know what you think!

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