Brown bear, brown bear what do you see – Felt Board Template

Preview: Fun felt board story tutorial with free printable inspired with popular Eric Carle’s book  

Does your kid have a favourite book? Ours is Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see we have to read it over and over again. Toddlers love repetition, I understand that, but sometimes I just want to hide the book.

I know, that would be mean.

Instead, I did something creative that occupy my toddler for a fair amount of time and it turned out to be a fun game while we read.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see – Felt Board Template

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We love books. I read books to my baby when she was only a few days old. And we continue to do so every day. She likes to have some books near her bed, to read when she goes to bed or when she wakes up, some in the kitchen for when I cook, some in her reading spot, and even on my nightstand. That is great and I don’t mind having books all over the house,  because it is so important for kids to grow with books.

I personally find it hard to read the same picture book all the time, over and over again. Is it the same with you?

Instead of complaining one day I came up with an idea to make something fun and creative that she will enjoy. Since the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See has such neat illustrations I draw all the animals and cut them out from felt. In the beginning, they looked good but not quite cute as I imagined.

Then I remembered that I have fabric puffy paint that I sometimes use in my quiet books.

After playing a bit with matching colours it looked great. It took around 3-4 hours for puff paint to dry. Waiting is always the most challenging job for me. Since I loved this felt board project a lot I decided to share the felt board template with you.

As sharing this felt board project was not my intention in the first place, I haven’t pictured the process, but honestly, it is so simple that you could get away without any instructions using the only pattern.

Materials you will need for this project:

Related: 3 Simple And Less Known Ways How To Transfer Pattern


  • Print and cut out your characters
    TIP: you may print the template on freezer paper which will simplify the whole process of cutting. I have explained how to use freezer paper in this post – Secret how to perfectly cut felt 
  • Glue small details and your animals should look like this

felt board story

  • Now take puffy paint and start drawing details. You can improvise if you wish or you can use the book as guidance. Since I had puffy paint from a previous project I had only 6 colours to work with so I played by the ear.
  • Leave it dry for 4 hours.

And you are done. Play can start.

Related: Are you my mother? (Dr. Seuss) fun and easy story retelling

Playing with felt board template

Giving Brown Bear felt board story to my daughter was a really special moment of excitement. All of her favourite animals now as felt toys to incorporate into everyday play.

Now, as we read Brown bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See she puts animals on the felt board and repeats their colours. Plus she uses them for pretend play.

So,  instead of just reading, we play felt board stories over and over again.

Free download – Brown bear brown bear what do you see – PDF felt board pattern


felt board template - Brown bear, brown bear what do you see -

Lily Zunic

I believe every person is creative and every craft project is beautiful when you create for the journey of your heart.


  1. whoiscall | 24th Jun 23


    • Lily Zunic | 28th Jun 23

      You are welcome!

  2. Anita | 7th Mar 18

    I subscribed and entered the password but I was unable to download the template, it only refreshed the page. Is it possible for you to send me a PDF file of the Brown Bear Brown Bear Felt Template? Thank you.

    • Lily Zunic | 7th Mar 18

      Hi Anita, sorry about that, I have checked, should be okay now. Just sent you an email with template. Have fun!

  3. Allie | 23rd Mar 17

    What an amazing idea! This was actually one of MY favorite books when I was growing up. I don’t have kiddos yet, but will definitely save this for the future! What a wonderful way to enrich the reading experience (:

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