US Felt Fabric Puzzle (FREE Template)

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A while back, the dollar section at Target had a United States map made out of felt.  After purchasing that, I decided to make a felt puzzle out of the different states.  So today, I’m sharing the templates with you so that you can create you own!

Materials:

  • Yellow Felt (2 sheets)
  • Red Felt (2 sheets)
  • Green Felt (2 sheets)
  • Blue Felt (2 sheets)
  • Orange Felt (2 sheets)
  • Light Blue Felt (1 sheet)
  • Scissors
  • Black Fabric Paint
  • Toothpick
  • State templates (free download here: States)
  • State Abbreviations (free download here: State Abbreviations)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric pins

Instructions:

  1. Print out the templates (making sure to reset your margins to ensure that it prints out correctly).
  2. Place the templates with their corresponding felt sheets (yellow states go on yellow felt), and pin them down on the felt with fabric pins (place a pin or two on each state to ensure they stay put).
  3. Cut out each state, leaving them template sheet pinned on top to ensure you remember the proper position and the name of each state.  (side-note, Hawaii and Alaska will have two steps: 1. Cut the inside of Alaska out of yellow, and then cut the outside of Alaska out of light blue. 2. Use hot glue to attach the yellow on top of the blue in its proper position.  3. Cut the inside of Hawaii out of red, and then cut the outside of Hawaii out of light blue.  4. Use hot glue to attach the red on top of the light blue in it’s proper position.)
  4. Once ever thing is cut (and Hawaii and Alaska glued), you can print off the state’s abbreviation sheet and get the fabric paint and toothpick ready.
  5. For each piece, take the pins off of the felt and find the proper abbreviation for that state.  Paint the abbreviation, using the toothpick as your paintbrush.  Let them dry for at least 30 minutes.

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Now, it’s perfectly ok if you don’t have the map.  You could make one of your own by taking a large sheet of felt and drawing the outlines of the states with permanent marker and then fabric paint.  Otherwise, you can use this link to see where each state goes!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free template!   If you are in love with felt as much as I am, don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop.  There are other templates and felt food on there that are wonderful for young children to play with and learn about!

 

Human Body

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HUMAN BODY

A couple of years ago, I started coming up with ideas for making a human body out of felt.  I saw some on Etsy that were already put together, but they cost a fortune.  So, I started experimenting with felt to see if I could make something more cost efficient.  I’m excited to share this finished product with all of you, which can be yours for just $8 (supplies not included), normally $10, on my shop!

There are a total of 13 organs, and 15 bones in the pattern.

Organs:

  • Bladder
  • Brain
  • Gallbladder
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Large Intestine
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Pancreas
  • Small Intestine
  • Spleen
  • Stomach/Esophagus

These organs are a part of 5 different systems that are shown below:

 

Bones

  • Skull
  • Humerus (2)
  • Radius/Ulna (2)
  • Carpals, Metacarpals, and Phalanges (2)
  • Ribs
  • Pelvis and Spine
  • Femur (2)
  • Patella, Tibia, and Fibula (2)
  • Tarsals, Metatarsals, and Phalanges (2)

These bones are shown below:

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If you purchase a human body pattern, you will get an instant download.  There are 5 different files: Materials & Directions, Diagrams & Colors, Organ Templates 1, Organ Templates 2, and Bone Templates.  Once you download the zip file, you’ll be able to print each document and template to get started.

The material list is included, but you will have to purchase the supplies.  The cost of those materials was around $20 (Shopping at Michael’s and Joann Fabrics in Minnesota).  So total, this entire body will cost you less than $35 to make.  Such a great deal, right?

After purchasing your materials, you can start reading the directions, taking one step at a time.  When you get to the point of putting those parts together, I’ve got videos for you to watch on a Facebook group that I created specifically for people who purchase my felt body pattern.  The videos are informative and help you understand how everything goes together.  If you’ve purchased this pattern, go to the Felt Human Body Facebook group page, and ask to be a member.  I will accept your request, and you will be able to view the videos, post photos, and ask questions.

As you can see, this is a great way to teach your children/students about the human body. This felt body can be used by kids of all ages, and with older children, they can even help you create the body, bones, and organs.  Since the bones and organs are not glued onto the body, your child/student can place them where they go, or even put them on their own body!

This was such a fun thing to put together!  As a former preschool teacher with a degree in elementary education, I love finding new and exciting ways to teach important skills and subjects.  I hope that each of you who purchase this template will enjoy it to the fullest!