Funny thing about the school year. It’s more organized, since there’s a dependable calendar at least from roughly 8-3 on weekdays, but it’s also, often, more crazy-busy than the summer. You know the drill–soccer, ballet, tae-kwondo, chess club etc, etc, etc.
Which leaves, for many families, less time for sit-down family meals. Which means, in turn, that those sit-down meals a family can grab are that much more precious.
Here at Oopsy daisy, we have more art placemats than you can shake a stick at (or a chopstick, more on that later!). In honor of the still-new school year and the always-important family meal, we offer a mini-roundup of a few of our kids’ placemats that have an educational, and decidedly artistic, theme. (By the way, all these mats are 12×17, phthalate-free soft vinyl, reversible to green & white polka dots, wipe clean and made in the US. Whew!)
Kids can learn state names, locations and capitals as easy as pie with the Oh Say Can You See placemat (really! It’s a piece of cake!).This friendly, folksy piece by Jill McDonald can even be personalized.
Jill McDonald also created A-Z Tropical Fish, which features a different actual, accurately drawn tropical fish for each letter. Maria Carluccio‘s Animal Alphabet pairs each letter with a sweet and expressive animal.
Speaking of exploring, Solar System by Donna Ingemanson features all the planets in the correct order from the sun, with a little boy exploring them for good measure.
In addition to states, letters, cities and planets, kids can sit down to a fun depiction of the Chinese Zodiac in this sweet piece by Donna Ingemanson.
We told you we’d get to chopsticks, and how’s this for a perfect segue? In our opinion, fun placemats call for fun place settings. We have a couple suggestions, starting with Chopstick Kids. These silicone rubber kids click their heels while keeping a set of chopsticks together. Ideal for little ones learning how to use the untensils (or big folks who haven’t quite mastered the feat!).
Finally, there’s this Spreadybear, a koala plate (koalas aren’t bears, but let’s not quibble with cuteness) that has space for peanut butter in one ear, jelly in the other, and a spreader masquerading as the koala’s mouth. Add bread to the center and kids have everything they need to make their very own PB&J.
The best part: while they’re making their meal, you’ll have more time to memeorize your state capitals.