By Noreen Doll.
We’ve discovered that placemats are a great teaching tool.
Kids love to use the colorful mats at mealtime, and they can’t help seeing and learning what’s on the mats.
We’ve had some really interesting ones, including a U.S.A. map with states and capitals, the solar system, the constellation, the Presidents with facts about them on the reverse side, and dinosaurs.
Not only can you find placemats with all kinds of information, you can make your own according to what you want your kids to learn.
You can make them so kids can learn their alphabet or numbers. Use a 12×15 piece of cardboard to write the alphabet on, and then cover both sides with clear contact paper.
Kids can trace the letters with erasable markers and use them over and over.
Make a fun placemat with photos of family members and kids can learn to identify them. This is especially nice if you use photos of members the kids don’t see often.
We made this fun placemat with fall leaves we collected.
By making placemats yourself, you can change them as your kids interests or needs change.
And covering them with clear Contact paper will help them last for as long as you need them.