Valentine’s Day Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits


Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?




Once you have everything together, let your child create their own hearts.  There are many possibilities!

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Human Body

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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.


  • 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:



  • 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:

s system

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!







“What Do I Eat?” DIY Felt Board Activity with FREE Template

If you are a parent or teacher, I’m sure you have probably been over to the dollar section at Target often.  They have some awesome educational stuff right now!

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Today I’ll be sharing a fun activity (and free template) to do with your child using the world map with animals.

This activity teaches children about classifying animals into three categories: Omnivore, Herbivore, and Carnivore.

Herbivore: Animals that eat only plants.

Carnivore: Animals that eat only animals.

Omnivore: Animals that eat both plants and animals.


We found a fun little animal diet game here that helps kids classify animals by their diet.


Here is a list of books that go along with this topic:

Porcupine’s Picnic

What Animals Eat

What Does An Animal Eat?

Do Cows Eat Cake?




  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors for cutting fabric
  • Hard Felt (Black, White, Red, and Green)
  • Felt board (see this post for directions on how to make your own)
  • Felt animals and sheet from the World Map felt kit from the Target dollar section

(If the world map felt kit is not available at a Target near you, below is a link to some felt animal figures that would work in its place)




Print this template and cut out each item according to the directions.  The picture above is how each piece should look when you are done cutting.


This step involves assembling the t-bone steak and requires gluing three separate pieces together.  First glue the red onto the white so that the white overlaps all around.  Then, glue the white “T” in the middle as shown.


Now we are going to glue the items on each of their dedicated black circles.  The leaf represents herbivores, the steak represents carnivores, and the steak/leaf represents omnivores.  Glue the leaf to the herbivore circle.  Then glue the steak to the carnivore circle.  And lastly, on the omnivore circle, glue the steak first, followed by the leaf so that it overlaps.

The pictures above show how you can set up your felt board.

The kids had so much fun with this!  My kids are 2 & 4, and they love any kind of sorting activity.  We talked about what each animal ate, and where they live.