Have you ever read the book Cheaper by the Dozen? I’m sure you have but in case you need a refresher – the dad is an efficiency expert and he used to put educational things all over their walls so that the children could learn while doing other more mundane tasks such as brushing their teeth or er – using the facilities.
I’m always looking for ways to put things up on the walls because I’ve found that my children will just stop and look at it. So, they may just be walking by the world map and something grabs their attention – and, quite honestly, the same happens with Dad and I too Having a smallish house, we are always on the lookout for new creative ways to display information. And, recently I happened across a website (oh how I wish I could give credit but I can’t remember where it was) that had the idea of laminating a map and putting it on your dining room table.
What a great idea – especially since my table has bits of the wood covering flaking up due to a very unfortunate experience with clay – but I digress….
So, I went to Staples a while back and they had a Laminated World Map that was the PERFECT size for my table for only $10. I came home and all excited rolled it out and put it on the table. It was so pretty! And, since then, we stopped eating at the table. It became a dumping ground for books and papers.
Why you might ask….well, I didn’t want to eat over it because I knew that it would be a pain to have to clean up under the map should anything spill – and, because we weren’t eating there that made it a prime target for all those odds and ends.
So, now I couldn’t SEE my pretty map NOR did we use the table for anything functional. But, then I remembered something!
I have, sitting in a corner, a roll of plastic “fabric” that I got to cover a bench once. So, last night after we cleaned off the table to play a card game, I decided to fix this problem that’s been bugging me.
First I secured the map with a couple of those Poster Strip things that you can just pull straight and they pop off the wall (or the table) and then I got the plastic sheet out and rolled out just the right amount to make a tablecloth.
I’m hoping that this will make it possible to eat here AND enjoy the map. I think it turned out pretty great – what do you think?
YOUR TURN: What are some of your favorite ideas to put educational materials in front of your children?