In hopes of helping Jada gain more Independence I made this Montessori inspired place mat. We are also going to incorporate the small pitcher into our dinner routine for Jada to practice pouring her milk into a cup. I'm not sure why we haven't done this sooner?
I know I should be using a "real" cup but we aren't there just yet with cup skills. To tell you the truth I am more upset that I didn't make her a cloth napkin to match. It's on my to do list for this week. Luckily we can put our used paper napkins in our green bin.
Be warned I really butchered this project. I was going to sew it by hand but with this sore back I just wanted to get it finished quickly.
It's not pretty but it works. As soon as I find one I like on Etsy this one will do. So this is our new routine: First getting Jada used to seeing where the plates, cups, etc go for the week then the next week giving her the freedom of setting her own place at the table. We actually started this last night and it helped tremendously with Jada's attention to eating. We encouraged her to put her cup back to the correct spot instead of at her elbow like she always does. I am happy to report no spilled milk at dinner! yahhhhh!
When I set out to make one of these place mats I found some awesome blogs that have made their own and some printable ones like This one. One Hook Wonder has a pretty easy to make one. Anyway you can google Montessori place mats and pages and pages come up. It was a lot of fun reading through each list.
ETA: Here is a really cool way to make a Montessori Inspired place mat with Bleach
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