Coloured Felt Ice Creams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Making your own Felt Ice Creams while learning your colours!!  
This is such a fun hands on activity for kids to promote the learning of colours while playing creatively and making felt ice creams.
 
This activity involves kids to creatively stack coloured felt ice cream on top of felt cones and then label the colours with Velcro cards.  Read on to find out more and print your own!
 
What you will need?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need an assortment of coloured felt sheets, sharp scissors, a felt board (or carpet) and the Printable Ice Cream Template and Colour Labels (available below).  The ice cream and cone shape printable can be used as a guide for tracing and cutting the shapes out in the felt.  I printed the colour labels, cut them out, laminated them and then placed Velcro dots onto the back (rough Velcro side only) which allows them to stick onto the felt board. 
 
Tip: The colour labels are able to be printed in colour as the font is written in the colour of the word to match.  If you can only print in black and white then you can write over the letters in the colour that matches the word.  This will help with matching the word to the coloured ice cream.
 
Click here to download and print your own: Printable Felt Ice Creams and Colour Labels Template
 
Useful Links:  Simple DIY Felt Boards at Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fun with this activity is that kids get to play and pretend to make their own ice creams, layering the ice cream cones with how ever many or little coloured felt ice creams as they like.  Miss four made two felt ice creams but there were 4 cones available if she wanted to make more.  She played with and changed the order of her coloured felt ice creams before matching the colour labels. 
This activity promotes reading even though the labels are written in the colour that it is, kids are seeing the written word and connecting the word to the colour.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How Coloured Felt Ice Creams Promotes Learning:
  • Literacy: Reading the written word with the colour.
  • Language skills: naming, labelling and discussions about what objects are made of certain colours.
  • Reinforce and extend learning about colours.
  • A sensory toy that involves touching, feeling and manipulating
  • Great for the imagination, make believe and role playing
  • Hands on learning
  • Fine motor development and hand – eye coordination
  • Spatial perception and exploration
Other Ice Cream Activities on Learning4kids:  Click on the Image
 
 
 
 
 
Imaginative Play Ice Cream Shop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Simple DIY Felt Boards

Playing with felt encourages many great learning experiences as it is a sensory toy that involves touching, feeling and manipulating.  It promotes creative play, the imagination and role play through story telling.   It also encourages skills development with hand & eye coordination, fine motor skills, spacial awareness and exploration.
Felt is a cheap and easily accessiable material that can be cut  and created into different shapes or characters.  It is a wonderful tool to learn with while makinng it fun.
Here are two simple and inexpensive DIY ideas for making your own felt boards at home.  
 
CHALKBOARD EASEL CONVERTED INTO FELT BOARD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chalk Board Easels are the perfect height for little people to reach making them great for turning into a felt board.   This is done by cutting some felt into the correct shape and size to fit the board.  Using a light layer of PVA glue, glue the felt onto the board and trim off any over-hang or excess with a stanley knife.  I chose to use blue and green felt to symbolise the sky and the landscape. 
Tip:  Do not use too much glue as this will soak the felt material making it hard and difficult to place other felt pieces on top.  It reduces the friction.
 
ART CANVAS CONVERTED INTO FELT BOARD 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To make a larger felt board which allows more children to play with it at the same time is covering a light weight art canvas with felt material.  You can purchase large sheets of felt from most fabric shops and the canvas from most craft stores.  I have chosen to use a light coloured felt as it is a more versatile colour and most of our felt toys are brightly coloured.  To attached the felt to the canvas I folded the felt over the edges and stapled it on.  As I folded, stapled and moved around the outside of the canvas I gently pulled the felt to make it tight without over stretching it, just enough to make it firm but not floppy.
 
 
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My Favourite: QToys Pretend Felt Food

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love all things felt and felt toys would have to be one of my most favourite toys for kids.  QToys have got the most gorgeous felt food for imaginative play as they are incredibly detailed and so life like that you have to look twice to see if they are real.  We have the QToys Felt Sandwich and the QToys Felt Chocolate Cake and these are our most favourite felt toys for imaginative play. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My girls have spent countless hours engrossed in pretend play with the QToys felt food.  The Felt Chocolate Cake is perfect for pretend play birthdays, a cake decorator in a bakery and fabulous for learning about fractions and division when pretending to cut and serve the cake.  The imagination of what you can do with this is endless!  The Felt Chocolate Cake is also a bit like a puzzle that needs to be put back together. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Felt food toys are so much nicer to play with than plastic food toys as they are more sensory to touch for kids and so much kinder for the environment.  The detail and the quality of QToys pretend felt food cannot be faulted!  They are so well made and are great for kids, even those who can get a little rough when they play!
Miss 4 and Miss 20 months enjoying a pretend play picnic and making a sandwich, the QToys Felt Sandwich comes with tomatoe, Swiss cheese, lettuce, egg and two pieces of bread. 
 
Some other felt food over at QToys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
QToys pretend felt food encourages and allows the freedom for imaginative play.  It is not a toy that is fixed into only doing one thing; it is open for exploring the imagination. 
I am planning on adding more QToys pretend felt food to our collection, I can just imagine my kids having so much fun peeling those felt bananas!
To find stockists of these products click here: Stockists
 
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Easter Felt Activities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Felt is a wonderful sensory hands-on learning toy as it is a fun and creative way for exploring early concepts.
We have been playing with felt and bringing the theme of Easter and learning some basic maths concepts together.   We have been learning about numbers and decorating felt Easter eggs with patterns!
Making these felt Easter eggs is so simple and inexpensive.  This post also provides 2 simple and inexpensive ways of making your own felt boards.
 
What you will need?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need sharp scissors, a range of coloured felt, a felt board (see below for some DIY felt board ideas) and a printable Easter egg stencil.  I cut out the Easter egg stencil, pinned it onto a piece of felt and carefully cut around the edge.  I used bottle tops as a stencil to make the small round circles.  With the left over pieces of felt I randomly cut different patterns and shapes to use as decorations for the egg shape.
Download and print – Printable Easter Egg Stencil- Felt Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How many spots belong on the Easter Eggs?  Miss 4 matching the number of spots to the correct number displayed on the Easter egg.  This can be done vice versa too, by only placing the dots onto the felt eggs and then matching the correct number.  We also did this by jumbling up the numbers and not having them in order.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A less structured activity exploring patterns and creativity with decorating the felt Easter eggs.  Taking on the role through imaginative play of little Easter bunnies whose job it is to decorate all the felt Easter eggs in time for Easter.  Miss 5 created a little face using the shapes and patterns provided as the egg shape also looked like the shape of a face.
 
Playing with felt encourages many great learning experiences:
  • A sensory toy that involves touching, feeling and manipulating
  • Great for the imagination, make believe and role playing
  • Hands on learning
  • Fine motor development and hand – eye coordination
  • Spatial perception and exploration
  • Language skills: story telling
  • Imagination and creativity: taking on roles, pretend play
  • Mathematics – patterns, basic counting and number stories using concrete tools
Here are some simple Ideas for making your own a felt board at home:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I converted our chalk board easel into a felt board by cutting some felt into the correct shape and size to fit the board.  Using a light layer of PVA glue, I glued the felt onto the board.  I chose to use blue and green felt to symbolise the sky and the landscape.  Easels are the perfect height for little people to reach.  My girls have been playing with this felt board for nearly 5 years and I wanted to move onto something a bit bigger, something mobile that doesn’t need to be fixed to the wall, could be put away if needed and is large enough for more than one child to play with at a time.  I saw a fabulous idea over at Teach Preschool where they converted a light weight canvas into a large felt board.  This is perfect for what I was looking for and super easy to make!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deborah over at Teach Preschool has the full instructions on how to make this felt board.  It is very simple and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!  I chose to use a light coloured felt this time as it is a more versatile colour and most of our felt toys are brightly coloured.  Our new felt board fits nicely into our playroom for some more felt play activities.
Full Instructions Here – Teach Preschool -DIY Flannel Board
 
Other Felt Play Ideas on Learning4kids -
Imaginative Play with felt: Story Telling
 
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The Imaginary World with Felt

Entering the imaginary world with felt play
I am a big fan of felt! 
 
I love that it is a sensory toy, brightly coloured, hands on playing, creative and great for storytelling.  It brings so much imagination and learning to play times. 
  
My kids have grown up with felt and still love to play with it.  We have used them for many different games and activities.   We have made stories, role played our favourite nursery rhymes  and fairy-tales but I get the most enjoyment out of listening to them make up their own imaginative stories.
  
When I am shopping for birthdays and Christmas, I am always on the look out for felt toys to add to our collection! 
 
  
 
Our little collection….
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
…….all squished into this small container!  It’s great to have a place for them to go at pack up time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I converted our chalk board easel into a felt board by cutting some felt into the correct shape and size to fit.  Next I glued it onto the board with craft PVA glue.  I was very careful not to use too much glue as I did not want it to soak the felt. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Felt play provides children with the opportunity to act out imaginative stories and role play the things that are happening in their life.  When our 3rdbaby was born, the stories were about bathing and dressing the baby using the felt character and small felt pieces in our collection.  If the kids didn’t have a felt piece that they needed, they would turn another felt piece into something in its place.  Miss 5 turned a upside down felt mushroom into a dress…..the imagination…..love it!   Felt is an amazing tool for stretching the imagination and storytelling. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some of the felt collections I have purchased included fairy tales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.  We have played out these stories using the felt characters many times. 
Learning links to felt play
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Playing with felt encourages many great learning experiences:
  • A sensory toy that involves touching, feeling and manipulating
  • Great for the imagination, make believe and role playing
  • Hands on learning
  • Fine motor development and hand – eye coordination
  • Spatial perception and exploration
  • Language skills: story telling
  • Imagination: role playing, pretend play
Thanks for reading!
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