As your child is literally sizing up the world around her, she can’t help but notice the many shapes and colors that surround her everyday life. Most likely, she understands a blue sky is a different color than brown dirt and a square book is not the same shape as a circular toy wheel. Help your future scholar learn the significance of shapes and colors encountered daily, using felt activity books.
1. Making Books for Your Child
Whether you are a seasoned seamstress or lucky if you can tape a torn dollar bill back together, making a felt activity book is not as daunting a prospect as you may suspect. You will probably discover designing your own felt book is cheaper and may tap into your own creativity. Make simple page backgrounds by three-hole punching 8 1/2-by-11-inch felt pieces. For sturdier pages, glue the felt to same size pieces of thin cardboard. Cut out various size templates including circles, squares and rectangles. Trace templates on different colored pieces of felt, or eye-ball it and cut out the same shapes free-hand. Attach one part of self-adhesive hook and loop fastener to the felt background and the other part to the shape. Insert metal book rings through each hole to assemble. Identify shapes and colors and play a game where your child adds correct pieces to each page.
2. Recommended Felt Books
Sometimes purchasing a couple of felt activity books saves you time and the hassle of designing books from scratch, especially if you consider yourself craft illiterate. “My First Fun Felt Shapes” by Creativity for Kids includes more than 100 soft shapes used for exploratory play. Instructions and ideas help both you and your preschooler learn how to combine shapes and colors, creating familiar objects. While coloring seems to be a time-honored tradition, choices in crayon colors may have expanded since you were a kid. “Wacky Learning Felt Activity Book” by Story Time Felts assists your artist in creating new color schemes, as well as starting beginner counting lessons using shapes seen in ordinary objects.
3. Object Books
You can use geometric felt shapes to create different objects and teach your child that the world is made up of shapes and colors. Start with a rectangle and place vertically on a page. Add a square window and triangular roof. Create spring daisies with a centered yellow circle and white ovals positioned around it. Add a rectangular green stem. Design a unique rainbow using your child’s hand print. Explain how a square looks similar to the back of a hand and long rectangles mimic fingers. Make a template tracing your little one’s hand. Use the template to draw five hand prints, each on three different colored felt pieces. Cut out and form in the shape of a rainbow.
4. Games using Felt Books
Play a matching game using color pieces or various shapes. Place a pattern of different colors vertically on a felt page. Observe your little one place the same colors next to each piece. Next, try using shapes, noticing if your geometry student can match those as well. Since both shapes and colors are used to direct traffic, make a felt traffic light layering three circles on a vertical rectangle. Discuss how green directs traffic to “go” and red means “stop.” Take turns changing the traffic light colors, walking across the room when the light is green and stopping once it turns red.
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