When I was a preschool teacher, my favorite visual tool for my students was the felt board. Not only could I use it to teach a subject, but after my lesson I would leave the pieces on the felt board for my students to interact and play with. Felt boards provide hours of hands-on imaginative fun and creative play!

You can play games or tell a story. The felt board can be used over and over again. Simply add new characters and items to your board. You can have the children color the same images to remember what they’ve learned.

The felt board can provide hours of fun and entertainment for children at home, too.

There are so many ways to teach using a felt board!

Teaching about:

  • Rosh Hashanah? Make a shofar, and an apple and honey.
  • Yom Kippur? Design leather shoes, cream, food and drink . . . etc.
  • Sukkot? Build a sukkah. Add walls, sechach and decorations.
  • Simchat Torah? Dance with the Torah scroll and flags, and give out candy.

How to make a felt board and the cast:

Felt and the felt board can be purchased at craft stores such as Michael’s and AC Moore.

  1. Find your favorite Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot printable coloring sheets and print them out.
  2. Color in your pictures.
  3. Cut them out and then glue them onto pieces of felt. Cut the felt around your image, so that the image is now backed with felt.
  4. Place the pieces on the felt board, and teach away!
  5. Store in a large zip-top bag.

Our favorite place for Jewish holiday clipart: Chabad.org printable coloring sheets

Print it. Color it. Back it. Play with it!