In the decades between leaving school and having children I had nothing to do with chalk. Since the white stuff’s re-entered my life, I am glad to find it’s much more fun than back when I sat in class with a glazed expression as my maths teacher chalked up yet another complicated formula on the squeaky blackboard. So I’m excited about this – it’s the future of chalking!
The Chalk Cloth Table Mat is an incredibly versatile piece of kit. It’s a blank canvas bigger than your average blackboard, plus it’s conveniently portable so you can use it inside or out. Your kids create whatever they want, then keep it on show or wipe it clean, fold and store it.
This has so many uses. What a great way of making a tea party that bit more fun – just like being in one of those kid-friendly restaurants where you can draw on the tablecloth. Or, a favourite in our house, play schools and practice that maths.
What’s more, because it’s made from oilcloth you can cut it to whatever shape you like and you don’t even need to hem it because it doesn’t fray – genius! And at $35.95 for a little over a square metre, it won’t break the bank. Available online from Urban Baby.