Mr. Potato Head Travel Playmat

If you are looking for an easy project to keep your kids quietly occupied on a summer road trip, read on! I’m taking a little break from blogging this summer. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite summer posts from the archives! Originally posted April 2012.

I have been looking online at quiet books recently because we are going to be driving to Florida in the coming weeks and I want Oscar to have a few new and different things to play with. Of course I would LOVE to make him a quiet book of his own, but I just don’t have the time right now.

However, knowing that he is really into Mr. Potato Head, I thought I would try my hand at just one page. I found this pattern for cutting his pieces out of felt and printed it out to get started.

I chose a few of the traditional “parts” that I know Oscar loves – the orange nose, the teeth, the mustache – and then added a few of my own for fun like the Mickey ears and the eye patch. Depending on your destination, the possibility for costume changes are pretty much endless! I am seriously considering a pair of Buzz wings and a Woody hat at the moment….

I chose a stiffened felt page for the play mat background so there would be some stability to the whole thing rather than a typical page that might be found in a book. I also thought it would be a good idea to attach it to a clipboard as well so Oscar doesn’t have to worry about the page flopping around and sending stray pieces flying.

I sewed the potato body and arms to the page but all the other parts are loose. Honestly, you can get as detailed as you want here. It’s Mr. (or Mrs.) Potato Head!

It’s really going to be hard to keep this from him until our trip, but I am going to try!

What are your favorite travel toys for toddlers? (say that 5 times fast)

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  1. Lynnea says

    I love this idea! I started making one for all the kids in the family for Christmas but I don’t know if I can wait that long to give it to them!


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