children will be very pleased with the idea of creating a placemat
with their name on it. Let them pick out the letters or draw
their name on a piece of paper. Depending on the size of the
placemat, letters should be about 2" tall.
Give your child the magazines
to look through and find pictures of foods they like or just
scenes they like. A child who loves animals may be happiest with
a placemat covered with animal pictures. Another child may like
nature scenes like the ocean or the mountains. Another idea is
to use copies of family photos. You can also have your child
draw pictures to put on their placemat.
Cut out the pictures (assist
if needed). Arrange pictures on placemat first without glue,
seeing where you like them best. Once your child likes the placement
of the pictures, put them on the placemat using your gluestick.
Allow the placemat to dry for
several hours. Then cover the placemat with clear contact paper.
Measure the contact paper so that it is just slightly smaller
than the placemat, by about 1/4" on each side. This will
help it stay in place.
These placemats will now clean
off with any damp sponge and you can use gentle dish detergent
on them if needed. Its dinnertime!