Friday, June 5, 2015

DIY Farm Play Mat

I'm excited to finally share this project! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I've been working on a farm play mat for the last couple months. 


My intention is to have the mat for Henry to use as a Montessori grammar farm as he gets older. But, right now he is not quite ready to use it for grammar work. Hopefully, he will start by labeling things as he gets a grasp on reading. For now, it's for play and exploration. Even Nora enjoys it. 


The mat is made entirely from felt and embroidery floss. Both were purchased from a craft store. To make, you need a large piece of felt for the base. Mine is approximately 3 feet by 3 feet. You'll also want some brown felt and multiple colors for the flowers. The exact colors are up to you. 


The farm mat includes a pond, mud pit, and several gardens. I sprinkled some random dandelions around the farm for good measure. Henry is obsessed with them. Each piece is hand cut and hand sewed with the embroidery floss. 


In the gardens I included carrots and lettuce, pumpkins, generic red vegetables {which Henry says are strawberries}, zucchini, and some seedlings.  There are also a couple of flower gardens.


To complete the farm, I added our barn. It's Terra brand from Target. I roughly sewed flower gardens on them at to mark where the barn can sit. That's not really necessary but I felt it would make it easier for Henry to use the mat on his own.


The animals are Schleich brand. I love these sturdy animals. They stand on their own even on carpet and are very realistic. 

The farmer is from Bruder. I've searched long and hard for a plain farm worker that wasn't stuck in one position. This man fits the bill and has been an instant favorite with Henry.


I hope this post inspires you to make your own play mat or grammar farm. I enjoyed making it about as much as my kids enjoy playing with it! 

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8 comments:

  1. This is great Nicole. I loved watching it come together. It's such an excellent open ended, multi age material

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, I love it! I want to do something similar, but I don't know if I'll have the patience to do all the sewing! Pinning and sharing!

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  3. I love all the detail! It looks like a lot of fun to play with!

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  4. Amazing, and so inspiring! I was thinking of getting a barn for my LO for his birthday, and now I'm thinking he needs a play mat to go with it. Quick question Nicole, how is this set up? Is it permanently set up in a room, or do you/Henry roll the mat up and put the barn and mat on a shelf when it isn't being played with?

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  5. Just wondering where you found the barn its wonderful. The play mat is a fantastic idea and could be made for any number of different toys. Thanks

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  6. This toys are so amazing and wonderful. I think these toys are embroidery wolrd

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  7. Awesome mat! I wish you could make one for us.

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  8. Hi. I'm a guest contributor for Sew Mama Sew, working on a handmade gift roundup. I would love to include your Farm playmat. Sew Mama Sew only uses photos with permission, liking them back to your post. If you'd like to be included, please let me know!

    Thanks,

    Wendy Robbins
    myfrenchtwist.com

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