Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DIY Angry Birds Felt Board Faces {+ Free Pattern}- Part 1


Do any of you have a child that is obsessed with Angry Birds? Mine is!

We made this Paper Bag Angry Birds game a few weeks ago that was a bit hit.

I also bought my son this Angry Birds games for his birthday... but every once in awhile I kind of wish for a quieter way that we could still have fun with his obsession (and maybe one that doesn't involve flying objects for a few minutes?).

EJ (my co-blogger) flew into the Bay area this weekend and we had fun creating a few things for my kiddos (and partying a bit too).

These DIY Angry Birds Felt Board Faces were the first item on our to-make list. This activity was EJ's suggestion after she got to participate in my son's Angry Birds obsession. I jumped on board immediately!



Materials Needed:
  • felt (Set 1 requires red, orange, brown, black, yellow, light green, dark green, and white)
  • fabric scissors
  • Set 1- Angry Birds Felt Board Template (Yellow and Red Bird, Plus Green Pig included)
  • Glue gun (optional for some of the smaller pieces)
  • Two sturdier pieces of stiff felt to use as felt boards (I used white and light blue)



Directions:

1. Print and cut out the template pieces.

2. Place template pieces on the appropriate colored felt and cut around them.

3. (Optional) Use the glue gun to secure any tiny details onto the faces (like the black centers of the eyes).

4. Lay out all of the pieces on one piece of felt and give your child a second piece of felt to create on.

5. Start making all sorts of crazy Angry Birds faces!




When we started creating, my son got a little stuck on trying to make the birds/pigs look exactly like the ones he he knows and loves from the game. Although that was fun to try, it was way more exciting once we started creating our own Angry Birds faces.

I started by modeling creative ways that we could mix the pieces up to make silly faces. He caught on quickly and had a great time working with me to make more.

I am planning to hole punch some felt and stick two sheets in a binder, along with these felt pieces secured inside a Ziploc baggie. These silly Angry Bird felt faces will keep us busy when we need to be quiet, but want to still have fun.

What did we learn?
During this activity we...

  • talked about the colors and shapes of the felt pieces 
  • described the expressions that we saw on the bird's faces
  • created new names for our silly Angry Birds
  • learned the names of some of the felt face features (mustache, crown, nostrils, snout, etc.)
  • identified body parts and talked about where they could be located on animals and on ourselves
  • talked about emotions and positive ways to handle things when we are feeling angry, sad, etc. 

Stayed tuned for Set 2 of the Angry Birds Felt Board Templates next week. Set 2 will include patterns for several of the other Angry Birds.

Related Resources:



Good Reads About Anger:



Do you have any other resources that you use to help foster conversations about dealing with anger appropriately in your home?

Do you have any other favorite Angry Birds themed activities that you've discovered? (My little 4-year-old is begging for you to pass them along to us).

10 comments:

  1. My daughter is obsessed with angry birds and this would be great!

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  2. Love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I made these for my three year old to keep him busy when we're killing time at ballet, but my 11 year old daughter loves them the most! They're a huge hit with the other kids at ballet, too. (we spend a lot of time at ballet). Now we're anxiously awaiting set 2!

    Thank you for sharing this : )

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    1. Thanks for your note Mirissa! I was just thinking about these today and realized I need to get on it and post set #2. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  5. Kristina,
    Just a courtesy note to let you know I have pinned your "Angry Birds DIY Felt board faces" post to a pinterest board with a collection of learning resources to complement the “Angry Birds” app. You will find lesson ideas, learning activities and reviews for a range of apps on my boards. If you have other posts suitable for this or other boards I am compiling, you are welcome to email me. You can view my boards at http://pinterest.com/fingerpprojects/
    Warm Regards
    Trudy

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    1. Thanks Trudy!! Will have to go check out your board.

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  6. Thank you, thank you for making these available! My daughter is having an Angry Birds birthday party and I was hoping for an easy to make take-home craft for her friends. This is PERFECT!!

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  7. Thanks for these! We love them. I just found this post and was wondering if the part 2 has posted and I just can't find it. We would love to have those as well.

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    1. Great question! It is on my to do list to finish these, but I haven't done part 2 yet. Thanks for the reminder.

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