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We were excited to work with Sarah Omura of SO Handmade to create these unique traffic garden playmat sets. The traffic garden layout faithfully replicates the Mt. Jefferson Traffic Garden in Alexandria, Virginia. That traffic garden was designed by local kids during a STEM community workshop and they later  got to bike around the small-scale streets with their neighborhood pals. We are hoping that other kids will be inspired when they hear that story about real-world kid designers.


Kids can add their favorite small plastic people and construction vehicles for imaginative play and acting out scenes on both sides of the traffic garden playmat. The mat has pockets for the toys and is contained in a bag to bring along for quiet fun on those long trips or at the doctor's office. The playmat kit comes with the following:

  • Roll-out fabric playmat (14" x 17"), printed with roadway features and containing pockets for important engineering tools + operational elements
  • 3 wooden signs for customizing your mat
  • Laminated traffic garden engineer card
  • Miscellaneous laminated engineering tools
  • Grass on opposite side for further play + design ideas


This traffic garden layout was designed during a community workshop at the James Duncan Branch Library where children were invited to become the traffic engineers and design their own traffic garden. City of Alexandria staff held a follow-up workshop and combined the work of three neighborhood girls as inspiration for the final design. Special thanks to Lucy, Maisie, and Alli for their design expertise! The design was painted and ready for kids to start using it in Summer 2019.


Spot clean playmat when necessary for small stains.

For larger stains hand wash in cool water with a mild detergent and dry flat.

Iron when dry to reshape using a hot setting (do not iron over elastic).


Product is CPSC Safety Compliant

CHOKING HAZARD: Not meant for children under 3 years of age.



Traffic Garden Playmat Kit

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