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.

4 comments:

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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