Turn Dinner into a World Adventure

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? 

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8 Thoughts on “Turn Dinner into a World Adventure

  1. Jen, I'd like to see a pic of that!

    Christina, our timeline has given me fits too – let me know if you find something that works :)

    Kelli, it's perfect for if you don't have much wall space!

    Miss Moe, I guess homeschool families' houses are just destined to be a little bit different from others :)

    Jill, that is so cute and what a creative way to learn his words!

  2. Danielle on September 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm said:

    I've found that maps really do get looked at when they are on the walls (versus in a book). We moved (way back in January) from our own smallish house, and I've yet to hang our map back up. Thanks for the reminder!

    Homeschool Hop visitor–and fellow learning addict! 😛

  3. Danielle, you are so right that they don't look at what's in a book – that's why I'm trying to figure out how to get a timeline up – they don't care about the "Book of Centuries" Hope you find a good place for your map!

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