Who’d have thunk it?
My favorite session of the day was presented by a retired Canadian Kindergarten teacher who is now a carpet mogul. Seriously. Her product is The Learning Carpet. She told the story of how she created a 100-square gridded floor mat by carefully positioning masking tape on a drop cloth for use in her classroom. She used the mat for 100 chart activities, patterning, and many other activities (incredibly creative woman!). She presented a workshop featuring her homemade gridded mat and, of course, many of the attendees wanted one of their own. She attempted to make and fill orders and sell them, but she quickly realized she couldn’t meet the demand. She found a manufacturer to make a gridded carpet, and her company has now sold over 26,000 of them! Pretty cool success story.
Of course at $299 a pop, we might be on our hands and knees over the next couple of weeks making our own! Using the fancy, printed duct tape. Many of the activities could also be done on a pocket 100-chart, if you have one, but I think it’s a totally different experience for the kiddos to be able to walk on the carpet. Even if I don’t buy her carpet, I might have to ask for her book for Christmas.
Sorry the pictures are from a side perspective; that’s just where I happened to be sitting. The captions under each picture briefly describe the activity shown.
|The numbers on the cards are red on one side and black on the other. Here she’s showing a pattern with the black side.|
|It’s a little hard to see, but the white circles are dimes. So this is representing 73 cents. Remember, you’re looking at it from the side. So the number 1 would be in the lower left-hand corner, with the first dime at the end of that row.|
|This was showing how it could be used for language arts activities.|
As she said, more food for thought!
Here’s another commercial version that is 4′ by 4′ and a little more affordable!