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Wool Board

Look! It's a giant sweater pillow!  Not really, but I do realize this looks pretty funny.  This is our wool board for Enki grade one.  It's one of the many ways to artistically digest the stories we use in this curriculum, in addition to drawing, beeswax modeling, painting, free play, verses, and songs.  Similar to the Magic Wool books (which first introduced me to Waldorf education eight years ago), the child uses wool roving and sticks it to the wool to create pictures from the storires.  It's fairly easy to use, just flatten your hand and gently rub the wool in place.  The wool is easy to remove and use again later.  Here, the children were helping to create the letter picture from "Little Falcon" where the letters were "G" for golden oak gate and "M" for mountains.

This manipulative was made from things I already had on hand.  The board is a piece of masonite that served as the drawing side of a chalkboard easel.  I never used it as a child, so I repurposed it.  It's probably pretty obvious that it is covered with a sweater.  I'd had this one for some time and it was just too itchy to wear or make into longies.  Scratchy wool is just right for felting, so I took off the sleeves and carefully stretched it over the board and sewed it on.  I did stuff it with a little polyfil, in case we'd like to needle felt on the board later.  It will offer just a little cushion so the needle might not run into the masonite.  It will flatten a little with time and not look so pillowy.  I have to chuckle a little each time I see it, though it's really neat to use.

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( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Sep. 9th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
I love this! What a nice, tactile way to create pictures from your stories! - Stacey
Sep. 11th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
Sep. 10th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
I love this! I have all the supplies to make one, too...hmm...
Sep. 11th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
You should make one! :-) Very easy to do with the sweater.
Nikki Haxell
Sep. 11th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
It's a fabulous idea 😊

Edited at 2015-09-11 09:18 pm (UTC)
( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

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