Have an old Yoga mat laying around? Make a St. Patty Day kids mat! The yoga mat I used for the craft has been through some hot yoga, park yoga, beachbody workouts, and (lets face it) some pretty embarrassing wannabe yogi moves. Its time to repurpose it!
I actually came up with the idea while on the phone with my sister. We were probably complaining about weight or something ( what sisters talk about right?). I was looking at my old yoga mat with every intention to workout, but instead I made a toddler activity. With St. Pattys around the corner, I thought something with rainbows was a must!
This yoga mat craft may have to be made by an adult, but its sole purpose is to entertain kids. Its very much worth all the free time you’re about to gain! #momwin
Items You Will Need:
- An old Yoga Mat
- Acrylic Paints
- Glue Gun
- Ribbon (pom pom balls optional)
I love that this is a portable craft thats easy to take around, store anywhere, and has many purposes. This hopscotch mat has learning, sensory, and activity jammed into one roll-up mat. Imagine taking it to the park, waiting at the airport, engaging other kids, or just something new and fun. You can change it to fit any age.
This St. Pattys Day themed mat starts with placements for crayons, a small bag for cut paper squares, magnets, a numbered hopscotch, and a pot of gold at the end. I added clovers to the pot of gold bag for positive reinforcement, but you can use coins, stickers, money, or anything else thats small.
Steps To Create The Look:
- Paint squares, numbers, and rainbow.
- Cut and weave ribbon through the bottom. Fasten the back with a hot glue gun.
- Add addition ion ribbon on each side to carry.
- Glue magnets and bags where you want.
- Add markers, cute magnets, paper, and prizes.
The magnets pieces can be purchased at any craft store. I happened to have some laying around. You can even repurpose old magnets by reasembling them. The rainbow ones I used were purchased at Target in the Dollar Spot section along with the ribbon.
My daughter loves to draw, but you can do a crisscross game, or matching game. The possibilities are endless. All I know is this was a win for this mom. My daughter (20 months) spent time exploring the squares, hopping around, drawing, and playing with the magnets. I couldn’t help, but think that free toys always end up being the best. Am I right?
I found these clovers at Target (does it again!) they were originally packaged as a streamer, but I removed them from the string. I love that they were durable. You can use old toys and spray paint them gold. Just look around! I love that this teaches kids about finishing with positive reinforcement. St. Patty’s theme was meant to be for this craft.
What a great way to make friends!
The only downside to this craft is that it takes a little bit of time to paint. Instead of my usual evening couch/TV routine, I relaxed with paint. I also should mention, if you are thinking of getting a new Yoga mat, cork is the way to go and Yoloha makes some great ones. I love how they are eco-friendly and trendy!
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