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 book was done with appliques and iron-on transfers for the lettering. I covered the binder clips with cloth tubes to prevent the shiny chrome from vying for the kids' attention. The overall purpose of the book is to teach the child about patience and the value of staying focused and on task. It also, as you will see, contains a number of learning activities as well.
Inside the cover is a long poem that is probably NOT going to be read in one sitting at first! It can be read in part as the child is being introduced to the idea of using the boat, getting the boat out, and as the child gets settled into the boat. The poem explains how another child named Patience Bean learns about being patient. Over time, as kids pick up the rhymes, you should be able to read more and more of the poem. If the little one is getting impatient, read the important parts, explain the gist of the it, and move on to the rest of the book. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge it for reading.
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.
Here Patience asks the reader to look in the pockets for her treasures. The pockets have different kinds of openings--button, snaps, Velcro--for practicing those skills. Each treasure is a different shape and primary color so you can get some practice in on those. Be sure to change up the placement on occasion.
The next page has zippered pockets.
Here a plastic side pressure buckle closure is used to hide the treasure.
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.
If you can't read it, again, just click on any of the pictures to enlarge.
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.)