Bud and Champ love the Octonauts so I thought I'd make them a play mat for them to use to create their own Octonaut missions! If you're not familiar with the Octonauts it's an animated children's programme, where the characters explore, rescue and protect the ocean!
I took six blue sheets of paper and on three of them added yellow paper to look like sand and green seaweed. Then I laminated each sheet and taped them together. The next step was to add some Octonauts characters. I cut these out from a magazine, but they could be printed out. I laminated these, then added Velcro to the backs and Velcro to the mat like this...
Because everything has been laminated it means you can draw on it with dry erase pens. So you can add as much of your own imaginary sea life as you like.
Then here's the finished product...
And a close up!
Then where it's taped together you can fold up the mat so that it's easy to carry and take with you to add to a busy bag. I packed the characters and dry erase pens in a bag and we're good to go! It was a big hit when we got it out at Church, there was a lot of shark drawing going on!
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