A friend made this gorgeous Montessori-inspired felt mat for my oldest son. The mat can be rolled and taken anywhere, so it’s a good thing to occupy your child at airports and during car trips. My friend was inspired by a similar Montessori mat, which she had found on a blog. Unfortunately, I can’t find the url, so if you find a similar mat, please let me know.
The purpose of the mat is to teach the child fine motor skills and working with buttons. This is why there are 15 buttons sewn onto the mat.
Firstly, cut your pieces out of felt. You need a light blue 7 by 9 in. piece of felt, one green stem, two green leaves, eight dark blue petals, one yellow circle and one white cloud. You also need 15 buttons, some light green and some white thread as well as a needle. You need a 10-13-inch ribbon to tie the mat.
The three felted flowers can either be bought or made. This video with explain how to do it by hand. To make your pretty felt flowers easily, buy this kit at Michael’s and then simply sew the felt balls together.
The borders of all the leaves, petals and the stem are done in half-stitch. This instructional a rticle will teach you how to do half-stitch. Since felt is not likely to separate into threads, button holes are simply cut; they are not sewn in any way. The stems of the felt flowers are done in basic stitch.
This Montessori busy mat will help your child to learn how to button buttons, will keep them calm and occupied. It is a great toy for traveling as well as for the doctor’s visits.