Felt storyboards are a great way to not only demonstrate understanding of a story, but also encourage children to use their imagination to create and share their own story ideas. Felt storyboards are easy to make, and even easier to store. You can add or replace characters in minutes, and best of all, older children can create their own characters and accessories to their sets. Read on to learn how to make your own felt board that are great for teacher’s to use in the classroom or at home.
- Darice Felties Black Felt Sheet (Get one large enough to cover your board, or layer two pieces.)
- Darice Felt Scrap Pack
- Hot Glue Gun
- Darice Sticky Back Felt
- Permanent Markers (I used alcohol ink.)
- Cardboard or Wood Base (We used two old cereal boxes.)
We decided to go with a boat as the center of our story. The black felt base is constructed from large pieces of black felt glued to a piece of cardboard; we used a cereal box that I had cut open and trimmed down. I used hot glue just to be sure that everything was secure.
If making these boards for the classroom, you may want to consider a heavier cardboard backing or even using a piece or scrap wood or a wood plaque. Just make sure you wrap the felt around the edges of the wood.
Get the kids to choose their favorite story, or let them decide what characters will be their “players”. Simplicity is best when it comes to designing parts of the storyboard; it allows for greater freedom for their imaginations.
Thanks to Tara from Suburble for this fun classroom kid’s craft!