Little Bear’s speech therapist recently made a display wedge that they use when they work on activities together. He can also use it to as an easel for coloring or working on art projects. It’s a great way to put a black background behind objects to make them easier to see. It’s very versatile and easy enough to make that we wanted to share it with you too!
Here are the instructions from the creator, Amanda Rose Payne, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP, who is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Professional. You can read more about her on this link under Amanda Payne.
Materials you will need:
- Tempo-loop fabric (Most fabric stores recognize it as fabric that you line car interiors with “headliner”)
- 1 sheet of foam board
- 1 glue gun (spray adhesive is an alternative to glue guns and sticks)
- 3 long glue sticks
- 1 X-Acto knife
- 1 scissors
- 1 pencil
- 10-12 wooden clothes pins
- 1 ruler
1. Make a wedge with your foam board: Take your foam board and arrange it with the longest edge facing you. Measure out three equally sections in length. Repeat this with the other long edge. Use a straight edge to connect the marks from one side to another. With an X-Acto knife, score (BUT DO NOT CUT THROUGH) the lines on the foam board.
2. When shopping for the “headliner” fabric, bring a piece of rough (male) Velcro with you and test it out, to make sure it sticks or adheres.
3. Buy enough fabric so that you have 1.5 to 2 inches extending over the dimension of your foam board on all sides. Pro Tip: Bring your foam board with you to the fabric store.
4. After you have cut your fabric to the right dimensions, lay down the foam board (scored side up), and glue the fabric to the foam board (with enough fabric on all edges to eventually fold over the edges and glue).
5. Turn over the foam board, on one edge, place some glue on the edge and carefully fold over the fabric. Instead of holding it with your hand, consider using clothes pins to hold the fabric in place so you don’t burn your hands.
6. Repeat for all edges. May need to cut out extra fabric at the corners to reduce the bulk of fabric.
7. Consider gluing one or two pieces of Velcro on one of the short edges so the wedge can be assembled or can be unhooked to lay flat when stored.
And you’re done!
Please share in the comments below what you intend to do with your Display Wedge!