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June 2021: Khan Kids Felt Toys
We’ve seen more and more parents create toys of the Khan Kids characters. Recently, Rachel, a mother in our community, sent us photos of these handmade felt crafts of Kodi and friends. Her daughter plays with the characters while she learns on the Khan Kids app. How wonderful! Here are Rachel’s instructions for making your own at home:
Note: If children or pets are likely to chew on these toys, I suggest Elmer's glue only and white felt with black marker for the eyes.
This was a fun, simple project inspired by my toddler constantly pretending to be Peck. The goal was to give her soft toys that would fit in little hands. Total craft time was probably not more than a day though parents may have to pause several times (like I did). This is beginner-friendly and older children may be able to help with gluing the larger pieces.
The easiest approach is to build them from the outside in, starting with the full character and then doing, say, Kodi's face, then her muzzle, and then her nose and mouth. I recommend tracing the pieces backward so any pen markings end up on the backside. Use the pen lightly for a cleaner final piece.
It is worth mentioning I moved Sandy's tail up for an easier time cutting out her foot. Other than that, the coloring pages from Khan Academy Kids were the perfect outline to cut each piece.
The hardest part of the project is making the black details such as noses and mouths. Peck was the most difficult of the five because of his legs. Ink pens don't work on black felt and anything else might be difficult to remove from such tiny pieces so I often eyeballed those shapes. The larger you print the characters, the easier this should be. An alternative option would be to draw those details on instead.
I chose Tacky Glue for its lack of odor and fast drying time, and it has held together very well aside from the eyes; Elmer's glue may do just as well but will need more drying time. I've replaced a few eyes with a VERY tiny dot of E6000 and that has held better; Krazy glue will likely be as effective.
The last step was backing the characters with the stiffer felt so they would be more durable. This was especially necessary for Sandy, who is very narrow with a wide head, and Peck, so his legs have a base.
The project was a wild success in that my two-year-old kept stealing Peck even before he was done. She will find videos to pair with the characters in her hands and carry them all over the house.
I hope other parents and kids enjoy this craft as much as we did.