Friday, November 19, 2010

Travel Felt Mat

Next week is my daughter's friends birthday. I wanted to make something for her but wasn't quite sure what to make. I thought about finger puppets but those take time and I needed to give the gift to her today.
Yesterday while looking online I found this amazing tutorial for a Travel Felt Mat. It was perfect! I already had all of the supplies so I decided to make one for my friends daughter.

Since our friends are going to be traveling for Thanksgiving I thought this would be a great gift to keep their daughter entertained. Plus I loved how compact it was. Instead of doing a velcro closure I decided to use a button instead.
When you open it up there is a felt board with pockets to the sides.
I decided to make a tree and lake with ducks. I had a hard time cutting out the ducks. They look a little funny but I don't think a 2 year old will mind. Do you?
In the other pocket I cut out a bunch of different shapes. I thought it would be a great way for her to name the shape and tell what color it was.
Then when your all done playing you can store the pieces away in the little pockets on the sides.
I couldn't find any wrapping paper so I just used some yellow tissue paper and wrote a message on top.
Then I used some pipe cleaners and made some curly-q's on top and Viola! A simple and easy birthday gift. These would also be great stocking stuffers or gifts.

I also made another one for my daughter but I still need to make some felt stories for hers. I'll post pictures of it when I'm done. I also thought you could do Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, A princess and her castle, 5 little monkey's jumping on the bed, Noah's Ark or The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The possibilities are endless with this.
If you'd like to make one too head on over to Our Journey and check out the tutorial.


  1. Wow. . . .I love the idea of a travel mat. Cute wrapping idea too with a fun bow.

  2. So cute! What a fun birthday idea!

  3. great way to keep kids quiet! Looks like more fun than a quiet book!

  4. This is so cute!!! I have to try making a felt play mat, and I love the pipe cleaner idea!



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