Recently I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to help our youngest feel special about starting Kindergarten. She remembers when her brother was in Kindergarten at a private school and all the fun things they did so my goal is to keep her from feeling like she’s missing out on something. So far I’ve put together a bag of brand new school supplies including crayons, markers, play-doh, a spiral notebook and her very own ruler. We didn’t really need any new school supplies this year except for maybe the ruler, but I have very fond memories about getting new supplies each year when I was a child. There’s just something about opening a brand new box of crayons that I love.
Below are pictures of my project from last week. These are jumbo-sized place mats I made for each child to do their written work on. I simply used some 11×14 sheets of colorful poster board and some larger sheets of plexiglass from Hobby Lobby. Then I laid out everything how I wanted it and let the children write their own names on a strip of paper to give it a personal look. Once everything was taped how I wanted it I simply taped the poster board to the back side of the plexiglass.
What do you think? Too much work or a nice place mat that can be re-done for each school year?
P.S. I know it’s difficult to tell, but the numbers 0-9 at the top of both place mats are their touch math reminders. If you click on the pictures you should be able to see a larger version to see everything more clearly.
***UPDATE*** May 4, 2013
After 8 months of using these place mats I’ve realized the plexiglass just doesn’t hold up. Our daughter’s has several cracks in the middle from her pressing down a bit too hard (possibly when something was underneath it?), plus a couple of the corners have chipped off. I think laminating the whole thing would have held up better.