Felt play mats are a great way to occupy the kids while you’re getting work done around the house or cooking dinner. Set out a large sheet of felt for each child, along with customizable mix-and-match pieces, and let the entertainment begin!
My original plan for this game was to set Travis up with a Medieval castle scene, but he wasn’t that interested. Instead, we recreated objects from his current favorite show, Fireman Sam.
I let Travis decide which pieces he wanted, and cut them from corresponding felt colors – red firetrucks, yellow houses, green trees (“and we need brown trunks!” Travis made sure to add), blue water etc.
Kids who are 5 and up should be able to cut out their own felt pieces, but Travis was excited just watching me to so!
Forgive my lack of artistic skills, but here was our mountain rescue center with a radio and “flares.”
Once we had enough pieces, the play began! We had a little orange “fire” that could be moved around the scene, and his firetruck rushed in to the rescue.
We decided we did need a few people, so added Playmobil figures.
As he played, I added further shapes like a castle, a pond with fish, and a few more nature elements.
Now he could mix and match games and create imaginative tales to his heart’s content!