I modified this Peek-a-Boo board from a suggestion I found in the Active Learning for Ones book. (This is a great series! I’ve only found it on Amazon or eBay, though.)
For mine, I used a smaller canvas that I got for 50% off at Michael’s fabric store. I covered it with fabric. I then bought six other colors/textures of fabric for the picture flaps. You could glue these directly on, but since I wanted the freedom to switch them out for variety and in case sticky fingers came in contact, I used little round velcro pieces. The cheapest I’ve seen those are at Wal-Mart. I then used velvet letters for the “Peek-A-Boo!” heading across the top. (Yet another texture for them to touch.)
Under each of the fabric picture flaps, I put another piece of round velcro and I printed out pictures from Microsoft Word and covered them in contact paper. Throughout the week, I’ll switch out the pictures or simply just move where they are on the board. Nathan never knows what to expect! He loves this little board! It doesn’t take too long to make or maintain and it’s a great tool for teaching your children a larger vocabulary. You can even put pictures of family members under there to teach them who everyone is.
Watch your sales ads for fabric stores as ours (Michael’s and JoAnn’s) will have 40% off any one item coupons. Typically, if you sign up for their email newsletter, they’ll send you coupons that way, too. This helps keep the expense of the board down. These also make GREAT Christmas gifts if you are looking for something unique that won’t kill your budget.