A couple of days ago I posted a little piece on the parentdish blog about making a felted cushion together with your child to encourage them to calm down and join in reading at story time.
You can find the bare essentials over there. However there are a couple of extra bits I didn't have space to include there so in case anyone would like them...
The felting works best with an old jumper or cardigan that is 100% wool. However other mixes that include 50% or more wool will also work but you may have to experiment with the washing temperature. If it's a wool mix it's likely you'll need to go higher than 40 degrees.
Felting will also work with other animal fibres, except for silk.
If you'd also like to add pinwheels to the cushion there is a great tutorial for fabric pinwheels on Chickpea Sewing Studio.
The sockmonkey was also one of ours, made a by a certain toddler boy's proud dad. There's instructions on making one of your own here.