Just this once, I'm skipping my weekly Wednesday's Wowzers. Consider yesterday's roundup of gratitude projects my wowzers! Instead, I wanted to share the ABC mat I shared at Brown Paper Packages a few months back.
Alright, my friends.
As far as I'm concerned, this is go-time for Christmas. This year, my husband and I are saving up to buy our very own home! So I am attempting to create a more meaningful, handmade Christmas this year. I am hoping that I can whip up some fun handmade gifts for Little Man and Mr. Oopsey Daisy (although I must say that the hubs is much more difficult to create gifts for!)
A while back, I created this ABC mat to help Little Man practice his ABC's.
Even though I created this months ago, wouldn't this make a fun handmade gift?
We are enjoying our ABC mat so much!
In fact, Little Man begs to get it out each and every day. We play all kinds of games so that he can stretch, run, hop, and jump all over the alphabet! (Think hopscotch mat for ABC's!)
I whipped up this ABC mat in one afternoon. Want to make your very own?
Let's get started!
Last year, I made a quiet book, and I still have plenty of felt to go around! So I picked out some of my favorite colors to highlight each letter.
I wanted the mat to be bright and colorful.
I purchased 2 yards of turquoise felt on sale at JoAnn's. I cut out a large rectangle that was approximately 43" x 73".
This would be the main base of the mat.
To cut out the circles, I traced several tupperware lids that were all different sizes. I used disappearing ink to trace them. I wanted a variety of colors and sizes to make it interesting.
Here is my stack of 26 circles (one for each letter of the alphabet), ready to go!
I wanted to space out all of the circles in an interesting way, so I pinned them roughly where I wanted them before sewing. I was also careful not to pin them too close to the edge so I could add a border later on.
I love polk-a-dots! So I hot glued this polk-a-dot ribbon as a border all the way around the entire mat.
Now for the letters!!
I cut the letters out of fabric using my Cricut. To make the cutting process easier, I had already ironed on Heat 'N Bond and peeled away the paper layer.
Then I ironed each letter on a circle. Because I had already ironed on the Heat 'N Bond, they ironed on very easily. I was sure to spend plenty of time ironing the letters on. I wanted these to stand the test of time!
I really love that I didn't have to sew these on. They have held up just beautifully!
And that's it! Fold it up, roll it up like a sleeping bag, and you can store it away and pull it out for special occasions.
Here are a few ways that we have used our ABC mat:
* Ask your child to find a letter and perform an action. (Hop on the letter "J")
* Ask your child to put a different body part on a specific letter. This ends up looking a lot like Twister! (Put your nose on the letter "N")
* Play a "Simon Says" game. (Simon says to hop to the letter "B")
* Play music and let your child hop from letter to letter to the music. Stop the music and ask child to identify what letter he/she is standing on.
Little Man loved playing, and putting his hand/foot/nose, etc. on different letters! Here he is with his ear on the Letter J!
TIP: If you prefer a no-sew version of this project, no problem! I used a shower curtain liner as a teacher. I drew the letters and circles on the mat with a sharpie. The children in my class could slip off their shoes and spell out their spelling words on this spelling "mat." It was one of their favorite activities.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like my felt car mat.
What are you up to this week?