But it wasn't to me when I first had children. It sort of evolved after seeing more and more friends who had these.
Initially I was totally jazzed with the educational placemats. You can get them at any good independent toy store or brainy toy-type store. Or online our cousins Ellen and Ken Levinsohn's Learning Express store in Bedford and Scarsdale, NY.
However, at $3.99 each, after about 6 months of getting junky and moldy, it is simply another disposable expense. But they are indeed educational and even I have learned more about the United States Presidents than I did in Ms. Gibson's A.P. US History class in 11th grade.
|Our table with the learning placemat. It offers a great opportunity to learn!|
|Our table with the IKEA placemats. It offers great design and looks so pretty!|
I am having a feng-shui moment of confusion.
Do I keep the somewhat junked-up ones, but my children will still learn?
do I get rid of them and use the more trendy IKEA ones, and my children will just be looking at birds, without a lot of educational enrichment.
For the sake of feng-shui, I am choosing to purge.
Old learning placemats are getting put in the giveaway bag. Some other child whose parents didn't or couldn't spend the $3.99 per placemat are now going to benefit.
Plus, the IKEA ones take up less space on the table, fulfilling a true minimalist's dream.
My budding scientists or historians will just have to suffer.