What better way to let the kids get creative than to let them design their own towns? The sky is the limit to what they can create for this fun play mat that is easily folded up and stored anywhere. Both of my kids were in heaven designing their dream towns--no shortage of water and sea creatures for them!
Gather up your supplies. We used tan for our base since the kids voted that they wanted sand. We trimmed the base to the size that we wanted it.
My three-year-old daughter told me what she wanted (a castle, trees, road, lake, and so on). I cut the pieces out for her since she was having a hard time with that. Then she placed her pieces how she wanted them.
My five-year-old son did most of the cutting himself. (Kid scissors do cut felt.) For some of the shapes, he first drew the picture on the felt then cut them out. He got pretty creative with his shark ocean and dock.
When the pieces are placed where the kids want them, we glued down all the pieces that should stay put like the street and ponds and house. The people and animals stayed mobile so they could play with them.