Introduction

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This simple and affordable DIY play mat makes a special and fun gift for the little ones in your life.  Because it is made from a drop cloth, the play mat easily folds or rolls for convenient storage.  

Step 1

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Cut the Roads

Cut strips of chalk-cloth for the roads and or train track. For two-lane road or freeway, cut the strips at least 3-1/2” wide. For smaller roads, cut strips at least 1-3/4” wide. Also, cut a few curved pieces. The easiest way to do this is to trace curved pieces of toy train track. If you want to create a parking lot, cut a large rectangle or square.

Step 2

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Glue the Roads

Use hot glue to adhere the road pieces to the mat. Cut and align the road strips until you have created a fun pattern that goes all around the mat.

Step 3

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Build Houses

Use the space between your roads as a guide to create the city elements. Houses can be created with a large rectangle, a triangle roof, a small rectangle for a door, and a square for the window. Use hot glue to assemble them. Repeat in different colors to create as many houses as you’d like.

Step 4

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Build High-Rises

For city buildings, simply cut high-rise shapes out of felt and add windows and doors.

Step 5

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Plant Trees

Trees can be created by cutting trunks from brown felt and leaves from green felt. The simplest tree is just a green triangle.

Step 6

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Make Mountains

Mountains can be made by cutting jagged triangles of gray felt and topping them with small triangles of white felt snow.

Step 7

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Create a Playground

A playground can be created by cutting shapes for a slide, seesaw and sandbox.

Step 8

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Add More Elements

You might have room for more design elements. We made a crane for construction in the city and a soccer field by the park. A large piece of blue felt can be cut to create an ocean or lake.

Step 9

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Adhere the Infrastructure

Lay out all of your elements on the play mat and use hot glue to attach them to the drop cloth.

Step 10

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Draw Center Lines

Use chalk to draw lines on the roads or turn them into train track.