My Doodle Mat

My Doodle Mat

If your kids are bored and riding along with you, or if you are setting the Thanksgiving table, give them the “My Doodle Mat” for something to do!  The “My Doodle Mat” also makes a great gift or party favor, too!

Doodle Mat_1

Doodle Mat_2

Supplies and programs you will need:

  • Microsoft Office Publisher
  • Thermal Laminater
  • Color printer
  • Thermal laminater sheets ( Either 8.5×11- letter or 9×14- legal; If you use legal sheets, be sure to change the document on Publisher to Legal page layout before printing.)
  • Velcro pieces, double sided and sticky
  • Dry erase markers, low odor with eraser top

 

Doodle mat pic_suppliesDoodle mat pic 2

Cost effective in so many ways!  Especially, if you have a laminater, this project is very simple and inexpensive.  You can buy a small laminater for $20 and a pack of 50 8.5 x 11 thermal laminating sheets that cost roughly $12 @ Wal-Mart.  A pack of 3 dry erase markers, magnetic, low odor with dry eraser tip on top of lid costs $1 @ Dollar Tree.  Use a colored printer, 2 sided.

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Here is the template I created from Publisher: My Doodle Mat.pub.  If you are Publisher savvy, try creating your own Doodle Mat using some of the web-sites  and images I’ve listed.  Your goal is to search for games that are 1 to 2 person games like connect the dots, color-by-number, word searches, mazes, etc.  As a little extra added humor, I threw in some fun jokes and riddles!

 

ice cream connect the dots:  http://printthistoday.com

tic tac toe:  http://rainbowresource.com

Hangman:  www.pinterest.com

Dots and Boxes:  www.humankinectics.com

Birthday Maze: www.birthdayvillage.co.uk

 

These are just a few examples of images you can use for a birthday theme.  When you search, search for clipart, printable games and images based on your “My Doodle Mat” theme or holiday.

I’d be glad to custom build a Doodle Mat specific to your needs, just let me know.  This project took me a total of 2 nights, roughly 3 hours, each night and I made a total of 20 Doodle Mats.  Specifically, I chose to give these out as party favors to all the kids at my daughter’s birthday party!

FYI:  Many of the mom’s that came said the kids loved them on the way home!

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About Mendy Hendrix

My name is Mendy Hendrix, a faithful wife to an amazing, well-rounded husband and a delighted mother to an inventive 8 year old boy and a determined 3 year old girl. I’ve never been afraid to let my artistic and inspirational ideas shine! I love to arm my family with glue, glitter and paints, because that is where true family memories form.

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