Placemats Are a Great Teaching Tool

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.

Placemats Are Great Teaching Tools - Crafty Journal
Our kids are voracious learners, and they’ve learned so much from place 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.

Placemats Are a Great Teaching Tool - Crafty Journal

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.

Crafty Journal - Fall Leaf Placemat

Fall Leaf Placemat

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.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. What a wonderful idea. I have grandchildren that need tutoring from time to time and this will make a wonderful fun tool to help them and they won’t even know it is tutoring. Ha Ha

  2. Great idea Noreen – wish I’d thought of that when my kids were young. I must keep this in mind for future grandchildren!

  3. love this idea! I am already thinking of some for the grandkids. Maybe the grandparents too lol.

  4. Great craft for kids. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

  5. You have such good information, I’ve already pinned three things from one link up party that are yours! :)

  6. I love this idea. This will be great for our 4th of July round-up on Artsy Play Wednesday. It is such a wonderful idea to have the background of their meal be a learning tool.

  7. Awesome idea! Off to surf your blog! (Glad I came across it on All Things With Purpose.)

  8. So many learning opportunities can come at meal time. What a great idea!

    Thanks for linking up on #ArtsyPlay this week! We hope to see you again next week, our RoundUp is Rainbow Fun!

  9. I remember having placemats like this as a kid, I loved them. The alphabet idea would be fun, great idea to use a dry erase marker with them. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I totally learned all the presidents and states/capitols as a
    kid via placemats. Love the idea
    of making your own!

  11. I spent a good portion of my childhood breakfast time reading cereal boxes because nothing else was on the table… this is a way better idea! I just discovered your blog through Create with Joy. I love ideas!

  12. Totally on the same page with you Noreen, or at least my mother was and now I am. We have some map placemats that are so wonderful, and funny enough whenever we’re talking about world geography, it’s that placemat map that is handy and so manageable to pull out! Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  13. We used to have one with presidents and the US map, and they were fun for the kids to use. This is also a great idea for a summer craft–thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday! :)

  14. We have a collection of placemats with maps, addition, etc. Thanks so much for linking this up to the Friday Frenzy.

  15. That’s a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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