How to Make Place Mats

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors
Skills: Physical, Thinking, Art

What you'll need:
Scrap fabric or burlap
Scrap felt
Glitter glue
Old buttons
Safety scissors

For a child, the only thing better than creating a piece of artwork is creating a piece of artwork that is also useful and can become a part of the child's everyday life. Making place mats out of scrap material and craft supplies or odds and ends will help your child express his or her creativity and also practice small-motor skills.

Setting up:
Set the supplies up on a kitchen table. Cut rectangles from the cloth or burlap. Finish or pink the edges. Burlap can be fringed.

What to do:
Turn the kids loose on the fabric. Let them cut other pieces of fabric to glue onto the place mats. They can glue sequins, glitter, buttons or other craft material onto the fabric. You can help the child spell his or her name on the place mat. The child can even make place mats decorated with the names of other family members for a whole table setting.

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