This is a present I've just finished making for my nearly three year old grandson.
I bought this bag of animals from the op shop quite some time ago. I thought it would come in handy for cake decorating or some kind of Christmas crafting....
But now Ju is very interested in animals and this will be a fun (fully supervised) creative play set.
I saw this idea a few years ago and I've used it for inspiration.
I randomly sewed scraps hoping for an agricultural landscape and added some "water". I overlaid it on some thicker material and used some of the stitch functions on the machine to add water detail, plough marks and define some paddocks with "fencing".
We'll be able to talk about the animals
Talk about seasons
Act out stories.
Then when we've finished, it all packs back into a simple draw string bag.
Total cost of this project probably no more than $5 for the lot.
You could use this idea for a zoo play mat or a town and car play mat.
Lot's of possibilities.