Felt Playland For Hours of Imaginary Play!

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Winter break arrived and I was scrambling to find activities to keep the kids from going stir crazy! One thing I was able to depend on though is this felt playland I made for them a few summers ago when we went on our first family cruise. It was one of those projects I had wanted to make for the kids for a long time after seeing some amazing felt board activities on Pinterest. Since it was made of felt it seemed like the perfect activity that would travel well in our suitcases.

I picked a fantasy land theme because the kids were really into dragons and castles. The “land” is a large piece of 3″ x 3″ green felt. The rest of the items were cut from smaller 11′ x 8.5′ felt. The main large pieces include a castle with two towers, a mountain, a few houses and a lake. The smaller items were lots and lots of road and river sections, garden plots, trees.

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All of it was cut freehand. The houses, castle and mountain were machine sewn together and I used fabric glue for other parts (like the tree trunks to the tree tops). The mountain was haphazardly put together since I had no idea how to make it 3D! I figured the kids wouldn’t be too concerned if it wasn’t perfect as long as it looked like a mountain.

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The castle took a few tries before getting it right. At first I wanted to built the towers into the main part but it wasn’t working out. In the end I think the kids like the pieces separate because they can use the towers as part of the castle or as guard towers away from the castle. I also love the little moat/door that can open and close!

My favorite part of it is that it all folds up nice and neat into a drawstring bag! Sometimes the kids will throw all the pieces in the middle and roll it all up.

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Even though they are older now they still pull it out to play with!

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