Personalised placemats from Paper Gekko: making dinner time easier!

I bought some Paper Gekko placemats for my children a few years ago - as soon as my youngest graduated from her highchair to the table.

They were a nostalgic buy as I had fond memories of my Sesame Street one from the 1980s and I wanted my children to have their own character mats to remember family dinner time too.

I bought my son the dinosaur one and my daughter, the animals bus.  

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These placemats have now become routine in our house. They have saved a few tables from messy stains over the years (bolognese especially) and we also use them a lot for activities like Playdoh or painting.

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Wiping down placemats every time you use them is a bit of a pain and I have thought about just using a tablecloth instead but since buying a new oak table, we like to see and feel the texture of the wood and I've realised placemats serve more than one purpose.

They encourage my kids to:

- Sit at the table to eat

- Set the table themselves

- Recognise the letters of their name

- Enjoy dinner time!

(Personalised placemats also stop arguments because everyone knows who gets which mat every time!).

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We've used other placemats over the years, which have been given as gifts, so I can't say that these Paper Gekko ones have been used at every single meal time for 4 years but they've certainly held up long enough to get us through the really messy eating stage.

My son's dinosaur placemat has had the most use so I was very pleased when the company sent us some replacements for review. The new version is slightly stronger and more durable.

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And my 4-year-old loves her new mermaid placemat which replaces her well loved "bus animals" that she's had from age the age of 1!

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The clever people at Paper Gekko have also thought of alphabet designs using cursive font that's now used in most UK Primary Schools.

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There are dotted letters to help children write their names (you can use wipeable pens- not supplied).

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My tip for helping your placemats last years is not to submerge them in water when you wash them. Just give them a wipe down. If it's something really messy, then some "spray and wipe" cleaner would be fine (I've submerged mine in the sink a couple of times which didn't hurt them but I wouldn't make a habit of it).

We love our placemats and I think they'd make a lovely Christmas stocking filler or if your child is going back to school and needing to be reminded (subtley) of their alphabet.

Paper Gekko is a small family run business and all of their stationary is made in the UK.  

Alison x

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links. I bought my original placemats and was given replacements to test and review.

 

 

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