Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Story Time Felts Review and Giveaway

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As many of you know I am a big fan of felt board and felt activities. I love how they can make a concept concrete and real for a student. They are tactile and kids can move and manipulate the pieces around to really see and do to learn. Felt boards are also great for enhancing literature and helping student retell stories. I've made some things for my daughter to use but have been looking for a company that provides great activities that will provide more variety and detail that I can. My search was over when I found Story Time Felts!
Story Time Felts offers the very finest in felt board stories and visual aids for learning and open-ended play. Strict attention is paid to the quality as well as the educational value of each product. We carry an extensive line of educational felt board story sets and non-denominational religious felts as well as dress-up dolls,including custom photo dress-up dolls, felt activity books, finger plays, puppets, and audio story and song CDs and more for preschool through school aged children...

Our felt is washable as well as colorfast - the artwork is much more detailed and "pops" more than other products. The Story Time Felts manufacturing process is unique in that the artwork is actually dyed into the felt for long lasting color and quality. It will last through generations of happy children's felt board storytelling!

Children are natural storytellers but often their stories remain locked in their heads because they lack the ability to express themselves. Story Time Felts help parents and teachers bring back creativity and imagination to the children in their lives through beautiful felt products such as felt board story figures, activity books, dress up dolls and other educational felt items! Experts agree that kids these days are too "plugged in," so we offer something that is High Touch, not High Tech! Imagination is rediscovered and fostered with Story Time Felts!
My daughter is very interested in animals and I found the perfect activity for her in the Farm Book: Down on the Farm Soft Activity Felt Book. It includes five felt background pages along with 56 felt pieces that include all the things, animals, and people you'd find on the farm. There are so many places you can visit and many different scenes and stories you can make up with it.

What I really like is how the background pages are interactive, the doors and windows of the of the barn open so you can see inside to the horse and foal, pig and piglets, and other family groupings that live inside. On every page there are flaps you can lift to find hidden pictures and on the garden page even slots you can add vegetables to and then harvest later.
I think the over all design is really clever, there are two double sided pages and on single sided page with the back "cover" being plain green felt. Each page is really a pocket, where you store all your pieces. It's the perfect quiet book and because it has so many different pieces unlike most fabric books that are made for babies, it's still engaging and advanced enough to hold my daughter's attention. It's the ultimate portable busy book. You better believe it's been added to my arsenal of travel tools.

The set also comes with a nice handout that includes background information about farms, the story of chicken little, which can be retold with pieces included in the set, and several lessons and extension activities. Suggestions include listing all the jobs the farmer and his wife have to do, playing a guess the animal game, and putting the animals in order by size. References with a detailed list of farm books is also included.

Karen at Story Time Felts is so passionate about getting their great products into kid's hands that she is giving away a copy of the Farm Book: Down on the Farm Soft Felt Activity Book, it's precut and assembled, a $39.99 value!
To Win:
Go to funfelt.com and look around at wide variety of kits available and let us know which one is your favorite, other than the barn set we're giving away.

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Good Luck! Giveaway open to US residents now through August 10th!

Disclaimer: We received our product from free of charge for the purpose of writing a review for their shop and hosting this giveaway on our blog. However, it is important to note that our opinions are genuine and no effort was made by the company to influence our authentic review.

105 comments:

  1. It would totally be the girl paper doll set. I think my daughter would love it.

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  2. And I now subscribe to her emails.

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  3. I love the Can Do Felt Activity Book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I follow your blog - enter me in the contest!!!

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  5. I put your button on my blog - on the right hand column!

    http://trainingupachild.blogspot.com

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  6. I blogged about your giveaway!!

    http://trainingupachild.blogspot.com/2009/08/another-giveaway.html

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  7. yes funfelt.com has so many products!! I love them all...my favorite though would be the scripture stories!! I would love these for our bible lessons!!!

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  8. I subscribed to the Felt Connection newsletter!!

    Can you tell I really want this giveaway?? :-)

    Thanks for the chances!!!

    I am not on twitter but I did find their page on Facebook and became a fan!

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  9. I love the felt story characters. All of them. They have Rainbow Fish, Where the Wild Things ARe, etc. I made a felt board last year and my boys love it.

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  10. I have your button at http://www.5sillyfrogs.blogspot.com/

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  11. Okay, actually I like the farm book best, but my next favorite is the BUGS!

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  13. I have your button and link on my blog.

    livelearnlove226.blogspot.com

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  14. I subscribed to the felt newsletter!

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  15. I love the Can Do Activity book!

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  16. I love the farm book. They are all cute.

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  17. I would have to choose the My Animals of the Ark Felt Book as our favorite - we're always on loonngg road trips that get very tiring, and this (not to mention the farm one!) would definitely help the time go by a lot faster.

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  18. Love the music learning felt. My FIL was a music teacher before retiring and would LOVE this!

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  19. What a cute idea! I like all their ideas, but really like the fairy tale board...cute! I would love to win the farm activity book for my son! Love the idea!

    craftifyit@gmail.com

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  20. I love the soft felt quiet books...anything with the word quiet gets my attention!

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  21. I'm a FOLLOWER for an extra entry;)

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  22. I like the toddler quiet book :)

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  23. Those dress-up dolls are too cute!

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  24. I signed up for the newsletter.

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  25. I have always been a big fan of storytime felt. I really like the grandma classics because they are some of my favorite stories!

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  26. I have your button on my blog
    http://thedeanersfamily.blogspot.com/

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  27. I posted about it on my blog:
    http://thedeanersfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/storytime-felt.html

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  28. Very cute! They have a huge selection too! I like the Twas the Night Before Christmas set.

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  29. Your button is on my blog. It's on the left column.

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  30. my favorit one is the photo felts, oh Lu would love to "dress" herself/doll thats too cute!!!

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  31. It is so hard to choose. I like the felt dolls and the felt board story set especially Grandma's Favorites. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. I love felt board activities! I especially like the "Can Do Felt Activity" set. All of them are sooo cute! My son would also like the farm one, since he LOVES animals! :)

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  33. I have your button on my blog at: http://mamamelloves1.blogspot.com

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  34. I am following Karen on Twitter and tweeted @MamaMel78

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  35. Subscribing to Felt Connection newsletter. :)

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  36. Pirate Island story board kit looks like a lot of fun.

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  37. I have to say I love the barn one, but Christmas Joys Activity Book looks adorable, thanks

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  38. I am a follower of your awesome blog :)

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  39. I have your button in my blog :)

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  40. thanks for recommending their newsletter, I subscribed :)

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  41. I love the Christmas Joys Activity Book (even in August).
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  42. Wow so many great choices! I think I would go with the doll set though. Thanks

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  43. I love the Can Do Activity book and I think my boys would also really like the Transportation Activity book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. I love all of the Fairy Tale Castle Felt Board Set with Story/Song Audio CD

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  45. I love the grandma classics and the fairy tale castle sets! My kids would love these!

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  46. I also added your button to my blog! :)

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  47. Love the finger plays and dress up dolls! My daughter would LOVE them!

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  48. I love the Transportation Activity Book and The rain forest set- Very great ideas! Thank you!

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  49. I think my son would love the Transportation book set or the Toggle books. What a great product. I remember using similar felt story boards in Sunday School when I was little, I'd love to be able to share it with my boys.

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  50. Brown Bear Brown Bear would be our favorite. We love the whole series.

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  51. I subscribe to the newsletter.

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  52. My favorite is the dress up weather bear! How cute!

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  53. I really like the look of the "Figures to Tell" series! It seems like such a great, interactive idea to do with my son. Beatriz Kustin

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  54. i follow Karen and tweeted as instructed! :)

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  55. I sent you my link where I have you posted! :)

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  56. I subscribed to the newsletter!

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  57. I think my 2 1/2 year old son would love the bug activity book!

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  58. I love the transportation set.

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  59. so many to choose from! i love all of the activity books, and the toggle books are cool too!

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  60. i subscribed to the newsletter!

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  61. I added your button to my blog!

    ~ Jennifer
    http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

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  62. I also became a follower!

    ~ Jennifer
    http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

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  63. Visited the site and love the fairy tale castle story set!

    ~ Jennifer
    http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

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  64. Subscribed to the newsletter too! Love the site!

    ~ Jennifer
    http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

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  65. my fav is the old lady who swallowed a flly

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  66. So many fun things! I really liked the songs/rhymes for the glove but the Christmas Joy book on our favorite list too!
    crafts(dot)petersen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. Since we're preparing for a road trip, it would be the travel game set. Thankfully I made a few felt things for the little one already!

    nettacow at gmail dot com

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  68. Don't know if I missed the deadline...if not I really like the Fairy Tale Castle Felt Board Set with Story/Song Audio CD. My two princesses would go crazy for it!

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  69. I think my son would love the wild animal set.

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  70. I love the Wacky Learning Factory Activity Book

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  71. I tweeted about the givaway and am a follower of storytime felt.

    http://twitter.com/kme0310

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  72. I subscribed to the newsletter.

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  73. I have your button on the right-side column.
    http://amommysadventures.blogspot.com/

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