The felt has a blue/purple side and a white or white/blue side. I'm trying to make both sides look good, since people may use them in jewelry or attaching to bookmarks (or whatever other great ideas they have!). The felt is thick enough that I can hide thread in it, so that helps.
Last night Chris and I went to the open house for Ross's gifted program. It was very impressive. The teachers all have a ton of experience with gifted students, and it was clear that they want to make this the best experience possible. Instead of accelerating the kids in academic subjects, they will get going more in depth with two topics.
The first semester will be point-of-view (What's my point of view? What are other people's points of view? How do I work with that knowledge?). The second semester will be a study of an Asian culture (I think Ross will be learning about Japan) -- art, food, music, etc. The whole program emphasizes going deep into a subject and learning higher thinking skills (analytical thinking, problem solving, and so on). It's going to be challenging. I hope it'll also be a real source of inspiration for Ross.