I made this a while back with my niece when she was working on her master's in education. She wanted to make something for special needs kids who needed help in defining where they should be during a given activity. While is is great for these kids, really any little guy will enjoy and benefit from it.
The boat is a really simple design with a back V-shaped panel that gives it depth. There were no little people around to demonstrate it, so my plushy monster, Elliot is in there. There is a pocket on the center where the lifesaver is for the book that goes with this.
The actual story has few words and lots of activities. Our "Patience" was drawn by my niece and painted on a little stuffed pillow form, but you could use a photo or scan in a picture for iron-on transfer. That dot next to her is a Velcro dot. Kids can move Patience from page to page as you read.
The next page has zippered pockets.
Last is a bottle with a message tied with a ribbon (tacked to the back) that has washed up on the beach. Plastic cut in the shape of a bottle is sewn on with a zigzag stitch just as the appliques are.
How cute is that! My niece is so creative! The message in the bottle for the little person congratulates their patience and perseverance.
We thought about making oars for the boat but decided against it. Kids can make imaginary oars that won't accidentally hit someone. The whole thing folds up nicely and goes into this tote with Patience Bean's name embroidered randomly across it.
If you want to give this a try for personal use and need any information, let me know. ( Please don't make these items for sale. Thanks.)