Here is an easy play mat I made to represent grass for playing with our wooden trains, blocks and toy cars. Yes, I know you can buy carpets for this purpose (we have one) but they just seem too “busy” to me. And this is a no-sew train mat, so it’s really easy to make!
This one leaves lots of room for imagination while still providing a nice little canvas. Plus, it only cost about $5!
To start, I bought 2 yards ($1.99/yd) of the cheapest green fabric I could find. I found a remnant of shiny blue cloth for .75c to cut out a lake. The only other things I used were duct tape and clear packing tape.
I folded the green fabric in half, then taped the open edges with duct tape.
I cut my lake out of the blue cloth and secured it with clear packing tape. Fancy, I know. I may make a river too at some point. Then I made duct tape roads. I actually didn’t put a ton of roads because I wanted this primarily for train tracks. The nice thing is this is two-sided, so on the other side I just may make a layout with more roads for playing with cars. I just haven’t done it yet.
I actually wanted to make the main pic up there a little more detailed (like block buildings, some cars on the road) but I was lucky to get the track in one piece with 2 toddlers around! And it just seemed mean to get down there to play during their nap time. 😛
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