Christmas is over. So is 2012. I am a little behind in posting my projects. This felt Mr. Potato Head play mat was actually a Christmas gift for my nephew Kyle. I am so behind in posting my projects that when I made this Felt Mr. Potato head, Kyle was my youngest nephew. And as I type this, Kyle now has a new brother Jacob.
I am really starting to feel that felt makes fantastic toys. I put together a felt Christmas tree for my 14 month old son. It was cheap and provided HOURS of entertainment. HOURS! And felt sticks! Its WONDERFUL!!!!
Unlike a Real Mr. Potato Head, these pieces can be stored easily and also be a great toy to bring while traveling. I obtained this idea of a Felt Mr. Potato head while browsing through ” Busy Books” online.
If you have a small child and are even a little crafty. You should ” Google” ”Busy Books”. You will want to make one too!
A few Friday nights ago, I nestled down at my Chalkboard table with my usual shopping bag of felt. ( I have become quite the felt hoarder). and my trusty hot glue gun. ( best $1.99 I ever spent). and created this felt Mr. Potato head while watching season 2 of Downton Abbey. Sounds like a perfect winter night. Aye?
I did my best to create an assortment of items for Kyle to use to decorate his Mr. Potato Head. I wish I could say that I have a pattern for you to follow if you wanted to make one of your own. I don’t. I create most of my designs freehand. I also created a pocket for Kyle to store all of his Potato head pieces!
I did get to visit Kyle after his baby brother arrived. I forgot to ask him if he liked his gift. He was a little more excited about his baby brother then this:). Either way, I hope this helps him learn and keeps him busy ( for my sister in laws sake).
I folded up Kyle’s play mat. for easy storage. I think my son will need one of these one of these days. We are trying to teach him to identify his body parts. Something like this might help him learn them.