Halloween is a wonderful time to encourage children to work on their storytelling skills! Halloween characters allow for plenty of imaginative interpretation of events. Today I am sharing some felt board shapes and a coloring page to encourage your children to start telling stories! I am also sharing a wonderful book to read with your littles – one that all four of my children have adored as toddlers and preschoolers.
Halloween Felt Board Shapes
You may notice that some of these shapes are not made out of felt. All sorts of fabrics that will stick to felt/flannel/fleece boards. We made a ghost out of non-fusible interfacing, and a sparkly witch’s hat was created using faux crushed velvet knit. Soft black fleece is perfect for the cat. I find that fleece is one of the BEST materials for flannel/felt/fleece boards, but fleece didn’t exist back when these boards were most popular. I don’t use it for everything because sometimes I am looking for a different look, and it is harder to use for small details). The apples and pumpkin are made out of felt. If you look closely, you will see that I drew on the ghost and the pumpkin with a pencil. Colored pencils also work really well, as do fabric markers and pens. Regular markers will bleed a little, which may or may not bother you.
Karen Katz’s Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? is currently Anna’s favorite book. We first got our copy when Emma was a toddler. Each of my four children LOVED this story as a toddler and preschooler! We used the plot of this book as our inspiration, making the various objects that the baby finds before finally finding her pumpkin.
Do you want to make these felt board shapes? Scroll down to the end of the post for a free printable template!
Free Halloween Coloring Pages for Kids
I realized while working on the templates for these felt shapes that they double up beautifully as Halloween themed coloring pages for kids! I printed them out for my kids to test. They definitely approve!
I love watching each of my kids approach activities in their own way. Five-year-old Lily chose to stay close to the book (unusual for her, actually, but she does really like this book!). Six-year-old Johnny created a very cute black and grey cat that was greatly admired by two-year-old Anna.
Eight-year-old Emma consistently declares her love for every color of the rainbow, and she made very colorful bats and a rainbow-striped ghost!
After coloring their pictures, the kids cut them out to play with. Very fun! If you don’t have a felt board, you could laminate these for durability in play. Add some adhesive magnets for fridge play or cookie sheet play. Or make your own felt board – I have tutorials for several different versions!
DIY Felt Boards:
Printable Halloween felt templates and Halloween Coloring pages
Now for the free printables! You can download the coloring pages / felt board templates by clicking on these two images. I uploaded PDF files for easy printing.
Have your kids decided what they want to be for Halloween this year yet? My kids want to wear last year’s costumes – very easy for me!