We lined a plain wall with white batting then created stick-on felt objects so kids can use their imaginations to create cityscapes, backdrops and landscapes.
Use a measuring tape to determine the proper height and width of wall area you want to cover. Based on these measurements, cut the batting to size using heavy-duty scissors. An excellent range of height for a felt activity wall is 48” to 60”.
After the batting has been cut to size, add spray adhesive directly to the center of the wall area. Let it set up for two minutes before attaching batting.
Start the first run of batting in the center of the wall, as it will help ensure symmetrical seams.
To ensure a secure fit, add an even coat of spray adhesive to the cut batting.
Place the batting up against center of the wall starting at the top. Unfurl the full roll, then use spray adhesive to add extra support above the baseboards.
When the center piece of batting is secured to the wall, start placing additional pieces. Make sure the seams butt up to one another so you'll create straight lines.
When all the pieces of batting are properly positioned along wall, use heavy-duty scissors to trim the bottom and the side edges of batting. Leave a 1/2” of exposed wall all the way around. This exposed area will later be covered with fabric, resulting in a crown/frame effect in which the edges of the walls become slightly rounded by the batting.
Based on the width and height of the wall, cut the felt to size, “railroad” style. In other words, roll the felt out width-wise rather than height-wise so you'll create horizontal pieces rather than vertical pieces. Starting at the top, use a glue gun to secure the felt to the wall in the 1/2” exposed frame area.
On a flat, level surface, use a marker to trace shapes onto the felt. Cut the shapes out using heavy-duty scissors.
In order for kids to create full scenes with felt, include a mix of people, animals, buildings, landscapes, vehicles, clouds, a sun, a moon, lightning and vehicles.
To add interest, use a variety of patterns and colors for buildings.
Imaginary play starts with everyday items that kids see and are familiar with.
Add a little of the unexpected to help spark the kids' creativity.