Get your kids wanting to evict their high chairs to sit at the table like a big boy or girl. There’s nothing like a new placemat they have designed themselves to help with the transition [insert ooohs and ahhhhs].
I made some with the boys today and it was super easy.
Gather your supplies: old magazines, IKEA catalogues, their favourite stickers, markers, crayons, scissors, and glue.
Cut white placemats out of a piece of Bristol board from the dollar store. Cut them to whatever size you like. Then lay out stickers, markers, glue, and let your kid(s) go to town. I also cut out pictures I thought they might like (e.g., trucks) in case they wanted to include them.
It’s tempting to get in there and design it for them, but just let them have fun. The boys chose everything themselves and as you can see in the photos, they glued everything themselves too (the perfectionist in me is learning to find it cute and go with it).
I did cut out letters for their names and simple shapes that they could arrange in different ways if they wanted to (circles, squares, rectangles, etc.) They decided that they wanted to make trains out of the rectangles. Beyond that, it was all them.
Once your child’s creation is complete, stick it in between two pieces of removable self-adhesive vinyl. I bought a roll from the dollar store. It acts like a giant sticker. Peel the backing and set your placemat face down onto the sticky side. Now fold the vinyl over the back so the Bristol board is covered on both sides. Smooth out with your hand to get rid of any possible bubbles. Trim around the place mat, leaving about 1/4″ of vinyl to keep the edges sealed.
The boys loved it and stayed in their seats during lunch. I’ll take that as a #momwin (there have been quite a few #momfails lately).
I was inspired to make our own placemats after A) seeing the prices online for a place mat ($15 – $30) and B) being inspired by the creations of Orly Devor.
I’m glad we made our own. The boys are very proud of what they have made and it’s cute to see their scribbles and random placement of pieces.