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It’s November. It’s dark outside. It’s cold and rainy. The kids are running around the house, stuck inside. Do you ever find yourself wondering…what are we going to do to keep these kids happy and calm them down a bit?

Here are a few easy steps to make bathtime fun and add a little bit of learning!

We’re going to make a little ball of felt – any color you choose. Practicing this activity with my own kids and my own passion to teach young kids about materials in a fun and meaningful way, inspired a children’s book that I wrote/illustrated, available for purchase on etsy.

KJ: Hey, kids…time to take a bath.
Sam: Mommy, did you know that Batman has bat that he can throw at bad guys?
Katie: No bath!
KJ: Want to make Woollard in the bathtub?
Sam: Yes!
Katie: Woollard!
KJ: Go get in the bath, the water is warm, I’ll add some soap. But first I have to go get some wool… do you guys know where daddy put the sheep?

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Step 1: Step 1: Smoosh It!

Roll some wool roving or very loose wool yarn between your hands until it becomes a semi-firm ball. When the wool fibers are rolled into a ball in your dry hands, the fibers are compressed (or – smooshed!) into a new shape.

Step 2: Step 2: Get Wet!

Ask your kids to continue rolling the ball of felt in warm bath water. When the wool fibers are rolled into a ball under warm water, the fibers shrink to fit the shape that you are rolling.

Step 3: Step 3: Soap It!

Add some soap to the ball of felt and continue rolling. When the wool fibers are rolled into a ball with soap bubbles, the fibers twist and lock against each other to hold the final shape.

<p>What you're doing is &quot;wet felting&quot;<br>I like to needle felt, and wet felting is another way to felt wool into a shape. It works best with even and increasing pressure. The hotter the water, the better. And you can give it an ice bath to shock the wool and help it keep the shape. <br>Craft stores sell pre-felted wool balls with the needle felting items for crafts for......well, a pretty decent chunk of money. <br>If you get a nice, clean finish on some, and then allow them to dry for a minimum of two days, you COULD sell them to other crafters, or use a large bore needle to make them into &quot;beads&quot; <br>You should be able to find felting needles at a craft store, or at least online if you live in a less populated area (I can find them at my craft stores, though it can be challenging, but when I was visiting a friend who lives in a less populated area, their craft stores didn't carry them). You can use this to help &quot;clean up&quot; and solidify the shape- just make sure it's dry first! If you get the needles wet, they can rust, and then they don't work so well...<br>Clever way to get the kids clean and craft at the same time! </p>
What a great idea! Texture &amp; fun for tubby time! Too bad my kids are older now.
<p>Very cool!</p><p>Hey, your book looks great. Good luck with the kickstarter... almost there! :)</p>
So glad you like the book. Have a very wool-ly day! ; ) KJ

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