These colourful little felt balls are just the right size for small
hands and they can be used in many ways. Each ball has a Velcro spot
top and bottom, so they can be joined together to make a necklace
- perfectly safe, for if another child pulls on it, it just falls
apart. If you make enough they can be used for colour matching and
sequencing, and of course for throwing and catching. I know one child
with cerebral palsy who likes to drop them into a large cardboard
box. (Excellent for "grasp and release") Note. Felt will
not wash well. The colours bleed and it shrinks. For the sake of hygiene
this toy is best made for one child.
- Make the template. Draw a rectangle, 6 cm x 3 cm. Mark the centre
of each side with a cross. Draw a petal shape that touches all
four crosses. Cut it out.
- Take one piece of felt. With the template, mark out six segments.
Cut them out.
- Stitch them together, leaving a small gap at one end for stuffing.
- Stuff fairly firmly to make a good shape and close the gap.
- Stitch one half of a Velcro spot to each end - eg "rough"
on the top, "furry" on the bottom.
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