I am always on the look out for quiet and fun activities for my little guy. I made felt pictures for him when he was one and was desperate for something (anything lol) to quietly keep his attention at church. At the time, these felt pictures were way to advanced for him and he wanted nothing to do with them. Fast forward 3 years and he loves them. He pulled them out of my church bag the other day and started to play with them. He was so excited to be able to put the pictures together himself with no help from anyone. I have 3 sets made (a snowman, a Christmas tree, and a turkey) but I am making more now that I see how much he likes them. I am guessing our 5 year old will like them as well!
Making these felt pictures is simple. You need one piece of felt that will be your base (a piece that is about 8 1/2 x 11) and pieces of felt in different colors that you cut out to form shapes for your pictures. For my snowman felt picture, I simply cut out 3 circles of white felt and laid them on a blue background. I cut out white cloud shapes. Then I added arms made out of brown felt, and a green tree. For my Christmas tree, I cut out a large green triangle, a small rectangle out of brown, and several small circles out of a variety of colors for decorations. I then cut out a yellow star for the top of my tree. I laid all of these on piece of blue felt. For my turkey, I cut several feather shapes out of a variety of colors, a larger brown circle for the body, and a smaller brown circle for the head. Then I cut out a yellow beak, a red waddle, and yellow legs. I laid all of these down on a tan piece of felt.
These pictures are great for hand/eye work and really inspire creativity. Kids will come up with lots of different ways that the pictures can be put together. They are quiet activities that will keep a little one's attention at church or at restaurants. I am not sure what my next felt pictures will be....but I will be making more soon.