DIY Educational PlacematsMarch 13, 2018
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When my kids get home from school, they always want two things: a great snack and a fun activity. One of their all-time favorite snacks is Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers. During my weekly trip to Walmart a few days ago, I noticed that the 30 oz. cartons were on rollback in-store for only $6.46 so I stocked up on this family favorite. I picked up the Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers Cheddar and Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers Xtra Cheddar. The crackers totally inspired me to create these fun DIY Educational Placemats for the kids. I can’t wait to share more details with you.
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DIY Educational Place Mats
As springtime approaches, we find ourselves spending more and more time outdoors. One of the biggest perks of our current house is the spacious yard, which gives the kids plenty of room to play outside every day. It is something they enjoy and something I encourage. In fact, I truly believe that when the kids burn some energy in the great outdoors blowing bubbles, playing ‘tag’, or simply exploring nature, they are happier throughout the day.
Our after-school routine almost always involves some time outdoors. Once the girls are done running around, I usually set them up with these DIY Educational Placemats. They work through the questions on the place mats & snack on Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers. They love the great taste and I love that they are baked with real cheese. A win-win for parents and kids!
For kids, it is well-established that learning is best accomplished when it’s paired with a fun game. That’s why these place mats are perfect. They seem like just a fun game, but the kids are actually learning & reviewing important concepts, such as number recognition, counting, addition & subtraction.
Ready to see how to make these DIY Educational Placemats for yourself? Start by printing out the free educational placemat printables- simply click on a name to open up the file.
Also, gather the rest of the supplies needed for this project:
- Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers
- scrapbook paper, 12″x12″
- glue stick
- clear contact paper
Start by using the glue stick to adhere one of the printables directly on top of a sheet of decorative scrapbook paper.
Next it’s time to attach the clear contact paper to make the place mats more water-resistant & kid-friendly. Cut the contact paper a bit larger than the size of the placemat, leaving the backing paper attached. Adhere one corner of the contact paper to one corner of the placemat. Slowly pull the paper backing off, while smoothing the contact paper along the way to remove any bubbles.
Continue peeling away the paper backing until the whole front of the place mat is covered in contact paper. Here are all three placemats complete. Fold over the edges of contact paper onto the back of the placemat.
The Number Recognition Place Mat is perfect for Charlotte, who loves to gather the right number of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers into the numbered circles.
The Counting Placemat is also fun for Charlotte, who enjoys counting out loud as she places a Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® cracker on top of each of the circles.
The Addition/Subtraction Place Mat is ideal for Sophia, who likes the challenge of solving a basic math problem to determine the number of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers to place in the designated spot. When you get creative with Goldfish crackers, it’s easy to keep the whole family entertained.
These placemats have become a fun addition to our evening routine. The kids really enjoy playing with them before dinnertime. I love that Goldfish crackers are a wholesome snack solution that tastes great! This spring, bring these educational placemats outdoors for some fun learning with Goldfish crackers. Goldfish crackers bring smiles for ALL families!
The two varieties we recently tried are Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers Cheddar and Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers Xtra Cheddar. However, there are many more varieties available at Walmart on rollback for $6.46.
Look for Goldfish crackers in the snack & cracker aisle. And to find more Goldfish cracker game inspiration, click here!
Have you ever made your own placemats for the kids? Does your family also enjoy Goldfish crackers? Are you looking forward to spring? Click here for more inspiration!
Awww, this is SUCH a fun idea. I babysit my nieces a lot and they would flip over these. I have to get some ready for the next time they come over.
Hope you make these!!
I love this idea. We go through many Goldfish snacks in this house. I need to do one for multiplication tables for my daughter. She’s getting stumped by the 8s and 9s.
How creative!!!! Love this idea. keep the kiddos learning through snack time.
This is a super cute idea and kids LOVE Goldfish so what a great incentive to learning!
Yes! Great incentive!
These are perfect! A way to keep kids entertained, AND they’re learning?! It’s a big WIN in my book!!
I LOVE this! We have a three year old granddaughter that comes over for visits. I’ll have to try and make these for her. How fun.
This is such a wonderful idea! I need to let my sister know, these would be great for my nieces and nephews. Also, goldfish are so delicious.
I absolutely LOVE these place mats. My boys love Goldfish and they love playing games and learning, so this is right up their alley.
Place mats are such a fun way to get the kids interacting. I remember having some when I was young that I loved.
It’s so nice to make education fun for the kids! I think these mats are awesome and creative. It’s definitely something that the kids will enjoy!
Thank you so much! My kids had fun with them!
What a great way of learning. I bet the kids grasp things faster because of the fun and edible part of this Goldfish crackers and placemats.
Wow, these are so many educational materials. I never thought that a placemat can be a good way to include kids learning experience too. Cool idea!
Fun printables +food combo there! I recognize that old teacher trick of DIY laminating also – well done!
Haha DIY laminating is totally a thing! Thanks for visiting!
We are still in the 20s here and snowing so outdoor fun is still out of hand for us. That educational placemat is a great idea.
Such a great idea! Love all this material and it seems very easy to make. I will put this idea in my “toolbox” as I am also a developmentalist with little kiddos 🙂
I love this idea so much. If kids are going to snack anyway, you might as well make it educational for them.
Oh I love this idea! My son is a little old for them, but some friends of mine would probably love these! Especially during summer break!
Great way to make your own educational placemats!! Keeps the kiddos entertained and teaches them something at the same time. I call that a win/win!