Monday, April 27, 2009

Placemat Craft

Okay, so this doesn't look like much, but it was a really fun for my toddler.  Recently, my daughter has been doing a lot of coloring.  The other day she made this picture and she told me what each item was.  She has a slight obsession with "twinkle stars" and "airplanes" right now.  So I labeled each item that she told me after she colored the picture.  She also colored both sides.  Then I laminated the picture with clear contact paper and used it as a placemat at her spot at the table for about a week.  She really liked looking at it while she was eating.  I plan on doing this again with her.  It was a lot of fun.  

This would be a fun activity for any age.  You could encourage children to draw items for seasons, holidays, birthdays or any scene they wish. I learned about this while working at a child care center when I was in school.  We did this activity with 3- to 5-year olds.  The nice thing is that if it does get ruined, it's not a costly item.  I also like that art get used, not just tossed.


Stacey said...

My daughter is also obsessed with twinkle stars and airplanes. Great idea!

pucktricks said...

We did this for Easter. We used Easter stamps and stickers, and then I laminated them and used them for Easter lunch! It was a huge hit.

jennwa said...

My kids also enjoy their placemats. It is a great idea for any age. I even made one for me with my kids handprints.

Thanks for linking.

Nicki said...

That would be a cool idea if a family gathering is coming up, too... you could have the kids draw lots of pictures and then laminate them, so everyone gets to eat with a unique, kid-made placemat... and then the guests could wipe them off, take them home, and hang them up on their refrigerators or something!


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