We always, no matter how crazy our day is, sit around the table for dinner. This can be a bit difficult with young children. Someone is always done before everyone else or dinner is taking a little longer than expected. I came up with a way to make those wait times a little easier on my kiddos. Using Dollar Store placemats I created chalk boards to keep my children occupied at the table.
- Vinyl/plastic placemat, $1
- Chalk board paint, on hand or about $5 and up
- Foam paint brush, on hand
- Chalk, on hand
Total: $1.00 and up
This will be one of the easiest crafts you’ll ever make. All you need to do is paint the placemat with chalk board paint. It will take at least 2 coats. For the best results, paint the first coat with brush strokes going on one direction (left-right or top-bottom), then apply the second coat with strokes in the opposite direction. Let the paint dry fully. After it is dry chalk over the entire area and wipe clean with dry cloth. This will allow for the mat to be wiped off easily after you children draw on it.
I made a placemat above for the table. It’s my sons birthday today and its a fun way to wish him a happy birthday. May daughter thought it would be fun to make a sign for her horse Indie’s stall. One of the ladies at our stables said it would make a wonderful mouse pad. It’s very versatile and you can do many things with this fun, easy craft!