Old School Learning Mat
I had seen on and off now “sensory” mats. These are great for infants – preschoolers… It made me have a flash back to my childhood of a doll I had. This little stuffed dolly had shoes you tied, zipper on the back of her dress, buttons on the front, shapes and colors. I wanted to bring this back. I see so many kids with untied laces running around or Velcro shoes. They just dont know how to tie shoes. 😦 Some even struggle with zippers. I wanted to bring back the basic’s. I know it’s convenient for parents to use lace-less shoes but we are loosing out on teaching the young ones the basics of life.
This Mat is made up of 4 panels and 1 large backing. There is a reason for every funky thing you see on this mat. haha
FRONT OF MAT…
Red, Yellow & Blue are Primary colors… White is a non color but I needed white ( you’ll find out why soon 😉
Red Panel has natural wood shapes and is made with a type of berry stitch .. modified. ( original from Mamainastitch.) Teaching shapes & Textures
Yellow Panels has 2 different sizes of zippers and open Opposite from each other. Teaching how zippers work, teaching opening in opposite directions. It is made with a tight SC to replicate a smoother surface.
Blue Panel is all about buttons. Different Directions and Type of closures. Different colored button and a loose bumpy texture.
White Panel is your shoe laces and a couple of sock monkeys to cheer them on 🙂 Once the child is older they can even undo the lace and reinsert it threw the loops. The texture is loose & smooth.
Hot mess right?!?!?! haha Noooo. The back consists of Secondary colors & Secondary colors mixed with white or black. Black is the mosh pot of all and is what holds the 2 mat pieces together 🙂
The pattern for this Learning Mat will be available by Mid next week. I have tons of photo editing and I’m also making this available via PDF on my ravelry so It will take some time. I’m not a speed typist. 😦 almost funked typing class in high school 😦 hahaha
I will keep you all posted when it is released
Have A GREAT Weekend !!!!