I'm so excited to start sharing my Cricut Tutorials with you. Having a paper cutting machine is a great way to create your own educational activities, games, Lacing Cards, Craft Shapes and More.
Over these next few months I hope to share some some of these fun ideas with you.
This is my first Cricut Tutorial so please bare with me. I've made this tutorial easier for beginning Cricut users. More advanced users can change their layouts to maximize their paper usage.
If you have joined my members only area you will be able to download my Cricut Craft Room Cut file (.ccr Cricut Files) for this project, and my "Color Word" Mat Document that I reference in this activity.
If you don't have a Paper Cutting Machine, or Time to make this yourself
you can find my completed mats for sale in my Etsy shop.
This Candy Shape learning mat was a favorite for the children in my care. Once you get this basic "Shape" mat down you will see how you can coordinate it to other themes you might have.
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Cartridges I used for this tutorial
Cricut Craftroom Basics
Cricut Font and Basic Shapes
1-Pc. Red Cardstock- 8.5"x 11"
2-Pc. White Cardstock-8.5"x11"
1-Pc. Brown Cardstock-8.5" 11" (*Optional: 1-2 Different shades of Brown Paper)
1-Pc. Patterned Scrapbook Paper of your Choice- 8.5" x 11"
Laminating Pouches/Lamination Machine
Cricut Light Grip Mat
Print a Shape Word Mat on a piece of White 8.5" x 11" Cardstock in Landscape (Access my Shape Word Mat File from my members only area). Include the following shape words: Circle, Star, Square, Heart, Triangle, Oval, and Rectangle
*If you belong to my members only area you can download my Cricut Craft Room Cut File there*
Layer 1: I created the Learning Mat using the ScalSqr (Scalloped Square) shape set to: 9.5" x7.5".
Layer 2: You will use this to cut twice. Once to cut the shapes out of your learning mat, and another time to cut out you "Chocolate Candy" shapes.
To create the shapes I used the Geometric Shapes from the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes cartridge. Oval, Heart, Square, Star, Rectangle, Triangle, and Circle.
Layer 3: This is the set up for your candy decorations. I used the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes cartridge.
I used the following shapes from the Funky Shapes Tab:
#2 (Triangle), t (Rectangle), g (square)
Shift Lock Images: > (Star), U (Oval), C (Circle), O (Heart)
Step 1: Cut Layer 1, using Red Cardstock (placed Horizontally). I prefer to use the Light Grip Cutting Mat when I use Cardstock as it is easier to remove from the mat.
Step 2: Pace your "Learning Mat" back into the cricut, and cut out Layer 2.
Step 3: After cutting- weed the shapes out of your mat.
Don't worry if your pieces curl after you weed them from your mat, just place a book (or something heavy) over them until they relax.
Step 4: Set your mat up with a piece of Brown 8.5" x 11" cardstock placed Horizontally. Cut out layer 2. *Optional if you want different color candy pieces you can do this again with a different shade of brown paper.
Step 5: Cut layer 3-that contains your candy decorations, and weed your mat.
You're now ready to assemble and laminate the Learning Mat.
Step 1: Choose a patterned 8.5" x 11" paper of your choice. This will show through the Shapes of your Shape Mat. I chose a gold foiled paper to replicate the inside of candy box.
Step 2: Glue your scrapbook paper back to back with your "Shape Word" Mat, with the good sides facing out.
Step 3: Center & Glue your Shape Mat to your patterned scrapbook paper.
Step 4: Laminate your mats.
Step 5: Assemble your "Chocolate shapes" by Gluing the "Candy Decorations" to them (note my decorations are different than provided above). Next you will Laminate the Chocolate Shapes and Cut them out.
Directions for Play
Children take turns matching "Chocolate Candy shapes" to the shape mat. For older children you can flip the mat over and practice matching the "Chocolate Candy Shapes" to the Shape Words.
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