Front: Dance Like a… Hopscotch Play Mat
For the brave moms who dance along with a preschooler like no one’s watching.
Your preschooler will love to wiggle like jelly, jump like a rabbit, and spin like a tornado with this dance mat. Let your little mover toss a pebble along the path like hopscotch to choose their dance move. At the end of the path is “Happy Dance”!
Take along as a parade blanket to help entertain your preschooler while waiting for the parade to start. They can get all their wiggles out before they need to sit down.
Back: Treasure Hunt at the Park Play Mat
For the child who hunts for dandelions, pinecones and rocks like precious treasure.
Expand on your child’s natural curiosity about nature with a guided treasure hunt at the park. This play mat is great across age groups. A toddler may hunt dandelions, a preschooler may distinguish between seeds and rocks, while an older child may be ready to find specific types of leaves.
You can play this as an I Spy game while visiting state parks or any time rules about nature collection apply.
Sew an opening in the blanket under the treasure chest to hide a surprise treasure for the end of the game. A painted rainbow rock, oooh!
Take Along Outdoor Blanket
With all the outdoor activities of summer, a lightweight blanket is handy to keep in your car or stroller. Grab this double sided playmat / blanket to take along to a
- splash pad
- fireworks show
- picnic for 2
- movies at the park
- concert at the park
- nature walk treasure hunt
How to Sew a Double Sided Blanket Play Mat
- 1 yard on 54″ or wider fabric of Treasure Hunt Play Mat
- 1 yard on 54″ or wider fabric of Dance Like a Play Mat
- sewing machine
- Scissors, pins, thread
Step by Step Instructions:
- prewash and iron fabric
- Your fabric arrives with a white border around design. Do not trim. Use for your seam allowance
- Sew a straight stitch or serge 1/2″ from printed design in seam allowance
- this prevents fraying
- makes your blanket seams more durable
- skip this step with fabrics that don’t fray like fleece
- Check if your rectangles have square 90 degree angles
- fabrics with a stretchy bias like twill can pull on a 45 degree angle in prewash and ironing
- if needed, gently stretch along the bias to reshape rectangle or your printed designs won’t line up
- Line up your front and back with printed sides facing each other
- Pin edges in place
- Place a pin at your stop point to leave an opening at the treasure chest
- Sew your two pieces together
- It’s easy to get straight seams, just follow a smidgen inside the edge of the printed design showing through underside of fabric
- Remember to stop at treasure chest to leave an opening
- Pull your fabric through the opening
- If you plan to make a secret pouch under treasure chest, you can hem up the pouch edges
- If you don’t want a secret pouch you can stitch up the opening
- Pin flattened edges in place 1″ from edge
- Sew through both layers 1″ inside edge to create your blanket border
- Pin a guide path throughout blanket
- Sew through both layers following your path to attach layers throughout blanket.
- You can choose a pattern to sew or randomly swirl around the blanket
- If you made an opening for the secret pouch, let your stitch pattern create the seam inside the pouch