Note: The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review, however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.
Happy National Craft Month! To celebrate, Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores introduced their four 2014 Spring trends: Radiant Orchid, Nautical, Florals, and Geometric. Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website.
Spring, to me, screams florals. We have multiple toddler homeschool themes coming up that will touch on Spring, plants, and nature. So, immediately I was drawn to the Jo-Ann floral trend. However, Kingston is also working hard to learn all of his shapes, so I decided to combine both the Geometric trend and the Floral trend into a fun DIY Spring Floral Felt Board that we will be able to use to learn about plants, shapes, and colors!
The materials that you will need for this craft are: craft felt in assorted colors (I used blue, light green, dark green, brown, orange, purple, red, yellow, and white), posterboard, hot glue gen, glue sticks, and scissors.
To make the felt board, I first arranged and glued down the felt sky, grass, and dirt using my glue gun. After those were secured, I cut the smaller rectangle out of the posterboard. This gave me a complete base for my spring floral scene. This part of the project in itself could be used for all kinds of future felt boards. The sky, grass, and dirt landscape is such a great generic backdrop. You could make plenty of different themed felt pieces to go with it!
To create the floral scene, I cut out geometric shapes using the various colors of felt. All of these different shapes will be phenomenal to work on with Kingston. I made sure to include different sized triangles, circles, rectangles, and ovals. I free-handed everything. Once everything was cut out, I arranged it on the board and placed it on K's table for him to explore.
Being a toddler, he was of course most interested in destroying the entire scene. But that is the best part of felt boards. They are meant to be taken apart and put back together! We are going to use this felt board for so many different things in the future. If you have a little one, I would definitely suggest stopping by your local Jo-Ann and picking up the materials to make it yourself!