How to Make a Reversible Felt Tree for Preschool Play

Add fun and learning to your felt board with a reversible felt tree. This tree cutout will prompt stories and activities for any season or holiday. Preschoolers will benefit from hands-on, child-led learning as they play on the felt board.

Preschool playtime on the flannel board

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What's on your felt board these days? Do you have any favorite cutouts to engage your eager preschoolers?

The felt board is fun for kids in so many ways. Take a look at our colorful dots for graphing and a snowman's hat and mittens for matching.

A large cut-out on the felt board - like this reversible tree - provides an instant prompt for child-led play. Simply add leaf or apple cutouts for the tree and you've got a matching activity, a counting activity, and more!

Felt board themes often involve seasonal activities, so a reversible felt tree is the perfect solution! You only have one felt prop to make and store, and the tree can adapt to changing seasons and themes.

Related: How to Store Felt Pieces

We've already made a tree with burlap .

  • Burlap clings to the felt board just like felt cutouts, and has interesting color and texture that add a different sensory experience to the play.

Now I'm excited to include the reversible felt tree in your everyday play!


Reversible felt tree

The felt board, sometimes called a flannel board, is a wonderful prop to have in your toolkit for kids activities.

  • Felt pieces are colorful and sturdy, and inspire games and stories that welcome kids participation. 

This tree is simple to make and allows for a lot of flexibility in design. Your tree doesn't have to match ours exactly!


 Supplies for felt tree

 Reversible felt tree supplies


  • black and brown felt
  • glue gun or white glue
  • white chalk

  • scissors

I used 9 x 12 inch (23 x 30 cm) felt sheets in this tutorial. A long 8 x 35 inch (20 x 89 cm) piece can be purchased as an option.  (Affiliate links for related products)


Instructions for felt tree

 Draw chalk outline of tree and branches on felt


1. Draw a tree trunk and branches on black felt with white chalk.

  • If you have a large piece of felt, you can draw the tree and branches together.


Felt tree cutouts for the felt board


2. Cut out the black pieces of tree.

3. Trace the black cutouts onto brown felt to make a matching set.


Felt tree limbs glued to tree trunk


4. Glue the brown and black tree shapes together. If you cut out the branches separately, insert them between the two pieces of tree before gluing the trunks together.


Felt tree reversible homemade for the flannel board

This is what your finished tree might look like. The design will vary depending on the sizes and colors of your felt pieces and your own imagination.

Felt tree homemade for flannel board activities



Reversible felt tree with autumn leaves and Halloween ghosts


Play ideas for a felt tree

Brown tree

  • Autumn activities: felt leaves in different colors; numbered pumpkins on the ground

  • Forest activities: animal or plant cutouts; numbered flowers or apples

  • Spring and summer activities: green leaves; bird nest; blossoms

Black tree

  • Halloween activities: numbered ghosts; witch hats or brooms; wispy clouds

  • Night time activities: owl cutouts; moon and stars cutouts


The felt board is one of the easiest tools for providing hands-on learning opportunities at home or in the preschool classroom. 

There are countless stories and games felt cut-outs can add to everyday play. It can be used for math activities, story time or free play.

Related: How to Make Story Time Amazing

Have fun with the activity you put on your felt board today!


felt board play with felt tree and leaf cutouts



Here are a few more felt activities you might like!


Include a turkey in Thanksgiving Felt Board Play from Where Imagination Grows.

Count felt seeds in a Felt Apple Math Activity with B-Inspired Mama.

Explore simple math with Pre-K Pages in a fine motor Felt Leaf Counting Activity 

Decorate in many different ways with a Felt Christmas Tree Activity from Powerful Mothering.

Get some tips from Juggling with Kids for the Secret to Making Felt Storyboards for Preschoolers.


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