A few months a go I made this placemats for each of the children in my setting. I asked families for photos of friends, family and pets. I also filled in little gaps with their interests. Such as My little ponies and Paw Patrol! 
You will need:
  • Photos of family, friends and interests.
  • White card
  • A printer 
  • Laminator and pouches

Use a program such as word or powerpoint to make an A4 sized mat by adding the photos and adjusting the size of them until you have a pleasing arrangement. Use a text box to add the child’s name in a clear, child friendly font. 
Print out on to card or thick photo paper and then laminate.

These make great talking points over meals and really help to extend the children’s language and communication skills. It gives them the opportunity to talk about family, pets and things that have meaning to them. They start to talk about things that happen at home and share stories over dinner.

As long as the mats are not left in water and only wiped over with a damp cloth, then they last quite a long time with daily use. We have been using these for 3 months so far!

Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional

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