Collage Crafts

Personal Place Mats

Personal place mats add a special touch to any table setting.

This is a great collage craft because it doesn't matter if you get these personal place mats dirty -- they wipe clean with a damp sponge.

What You'll Need:

  • Markers
  • 12x18-inch piece of poster board
  • Blunt scissors
  • Cutouts from construction paper or old magazines
  • Craft glue
  • Grease pencil (optional)

Step 1: Direct your child to use markers to draw a background, such as a beach, on the poster board.

Step 2: Cut out shapes or pictures from construction paper or old magazines. If you have a beach scene for your background, cut out boats and people.

Step 3: Glue the cutouts onto the poster board.

Step 4: Accompany your child to a copy center store to have the place mat laminated. Leave a 1/4-inch plastic border around the place mat.

Your child can also glue on a number of different things: whether it's subjects she wants to study, or even maps, sports facts, or poems. Another idea is to draw a maze on the place mat. Once laminated, use a grease pencil to play the game again and again.

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