Here’s the first in the series of tutorials on creating your own story pieces for flannel or magnet boards.
Besides being super fun for your kids, I think these custom flannel board pieces would make an adorable gift for a favorite school or church teacher, children’s librarian, babysitter, etc. Maybe wrapped up with a coordinating book?
To make felt story pieces, you’ll need:
- Image(s) you love!!
- Color printer
- T-shirt transfer paper
- Felt sheet(s)
1. Print your image(s) on t-shirt transfer paper. There are a couple of different kinds–I used the one that’s recommended for white or light fabric.
The transfer paper package will give some tips on printer settings, but one tip that’s really important: if your image has numbers or letters you’ll need to flip (or mirror image) your picture BEFORE you print because when you iron your image onto the felt, it will be opposite of what it looks like on the printed paper.
Check your printer properties–often you can check a box that allows you to print “mirror image.”
2. Iron your fabric or felt to release wrinkles or moisture.
Fun Fact: Our iron gets used more often for craft projects than actually ironing clothes! Am I alone here?!
3. Place the printed iron-on transfer face down on your felt.
Press with a hot iron for about 20 seconds, moving around. (Check the transfer paper’s package for exact temperature settings, as it may depend on the kind you buy and the fabric you use.)
4. Allow to cool completely, then peel off the transfer paper backing in a swift, smooth motion.
Look at the copyright to see what I mean about the mirror image . . .
5. Cut around the images.
6. Stick to a flannel or felt board, and play!
After reading Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle, we used these felt pieces on the flannel board to sing/say this fun counting rhyme:
Sung to the Tune: Are you sleeping?
Mr. Seahorse, Mr. Seahorse,
Count and see,
Please tell me,
How many babies,
How many babies do you see,
do you see?
Have the kids count the baby seahorses. (Encourage them to listen to the words and only to count the babies not Mr. Seahorse.) After counting, take one baby seahorse away, sing the song again, and repeat the counting activity.
If this specific activity and seahorse printable is something you’d enjoy, please feel free to download here: Seahorses by Keeping Life Creative