We are going to make a collage - that can be made into a placemat if you wish (get laminated for easy clean-up and to preserve the "artwork").
We are using:
- card (choice of two sizes - 18"x12" or 8"x10")
- scrapbooking paper (or any pretty type of paper like wrapping paper will do too)
- photos of family members
- pictures of favorite things (trains, horses, cats, trees, etc)
- stickers to spell out name of child
- glue sticks
Assist with the glue stick, but also allow then to try to use it (depending on the age of your child). Glue sticks are pretty easy to use and have minimal mess - just make sure you get non-toxic, but still make sure it doesn't end up in their mouth!
As a final touch spell out your child's name with the letter stickers - also good for letter recognition.
If you wish to use it as a placemat I recommend getting it laminated. The 18"x12" cost around $7 to get laminated (at Kinkos), while the 8"x10" cost around $2. My 3yr old loves the one I made for her just after her little sister was born (although I tried to contact mine and it has not lasted very well - will laminate this one!). Have fun!