So Ava’s third Christmas gift was meant to be a felt play mat. However, this little elf did not finish in time, despite my very best effort! Daddy saved the day with his personal gift of a pink princess hat and magic wand!!!
I was surprised to find that play mats are so limited in the market place. They are wonderful tools for imaginative pretend play! The only type I could seem to readily find were road rugs for car play. With Ava’s love for animals I wanted to create play mats that could be used for zoo play or farm play. Once I began this project I discovered just why even Etsy does not have a selection. THEY TAKE FOREVER, you could never turn a profit!
Last Christmas my mom gave Ava the Melissa and Doug Wood Farm Set which I complemented with the Anamalz farm animals. This year I planned to give her the Amamalz zoo set along with a two-sided play mat. It looks like perhaps now a birthday present. It is not a project I would repeat! It was WAY more work than expected but I LOVE the results. I hope it will be well loved and used by the imaginations of both my girls!