As you may know, I run a small preschool. It is an earth-friendly preschool with organic food and lots of nature-based activities. I do my best to give the kiddos plastic-free toy options, but it is nearly impossible this day and age. There are just not that many options for plastic alternatives. Luckily, I am creative enough (thanks, Mom!) to solve my toy dilemma. I went to the local yarn shop and purchased wool roving. It’s so fun to buy. It’s like balls of rainbow-colored cotton candy for sale! I bought way, way too many colors. When I got home, I realized that I just had to do something with those 20 different candy colors. That is how my felted fruit were grown (see what I did there?).
The above picture shows (from left to right): pear, apple, and green grapes. All three fruits were made from balling up the roving in my hands, kind of like making a snowball. Then I fine-tuned them with felting needles. The most important part of felting that I’ve learned is that you need to continue to felt something a while after it looks done. Too many felted items will fall apart if you stop when they look good enough.
Oh, and the other thing is: don’t eat the felted fruit. But that’s advice I usually reserve for the preschoolers!