I just enjoyed a vacation with my family! It began about two weeks ago when I took a break from my phone which meant no blogging and very limited Facebook! This past week we went to a cabin in Ohio and enjoyed time with family and the great outdoors!
I packed activities for the kids to do for when we were just hanging around the cabin.
My favorite art project was making our own playmat map… My daughter loved it and I enjoyed helping her!
It all started when I bought a racing playmat map from the thrift store for $3.
It was cute and clean, but since it had been washed, the foam backing was beginning to flake off.
I sewed an old white curtain to the back of the mat. This protected the foam and created a blank canvas for our own map to be sewn on.
* I sewed the curtain on like you would sew a pillow together. Don’t do that! It have a nice edge and the white side layed flat, however the original car map side was lumpy! Next time I would just sew the material flat into the backside and not worry about unfinished edges!
I gave Simone a pack of permanent markers and she let the creativity flow!
1. She drew a simple map on a piece of paper as a rough draft.
2. She got started by drawing with a black marker and then her and I would fill in the pictures with colors.
The playmat turned out so adorable!
The boys enjoyed driving their cars on the new mat, and Simone was excited to bring it home to play bunnies on it!
* maps could be drawn according to preference: dinosaurs, favorite cartoons, space, inside a house,