Printing with a Purpose #HPFamilyTime

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Always trying to find ways to incorporate learning into our every day routine, I was excited to try making place-mats with a purpose.  When we first received these assignments, I was a little skeptical about how I could make this a fun activity with my 3 year old.  Using a kindle is very different than using a computer.  Boy, what fun we had!  Drawing inspiration from the HP ePrintCenter, a bevy of free printables, we set out to our task.

We started out together on google. First we pulled up graphics of ABC Charts.  It was fun sorting through all the images and finding the RIGHT one.  We found one that had a picture of Elmo, his favorite! — and went through the entire alphabet, A to Z.  Granted this was quite a task, but we were up for the challenge.  We then printed the chart out to build a lunch placemat which he will proudly use and show off.  I imagine at some point it being a great teaching tool for his baby brother some day too!

The next challenge we took on was to print a post lunch chore chart.  We loved the chore chart on the HP ePrintCenter, but wanted to personalize it a little more.  My wife was going to be so proud.  We talked about what we were going to do before and after lunch — Step by Step.  First we asked him “what will we do first? He replied “Set the table!” Then he said “Pour our milk!” He took us by surprise when the next step he said would be to “say cheers and bon apetit!” Of course, we had to then put this on the chart.  We asked him the steps after the meal, to which he replied “clean my mess, put the garbage in the garbage can, and put the milk away.” We added these lines to the chart, and went to have some lunch! We put a sheet of plastic wrap over the page, so it wouldn’t get ruined during the meal. Together we made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. First I gave him a plate, and he put it at his spot at the table. Then he took a cup and put it next to the table, and together we checked off the “Set the table” line.  We then poured the milk together, and checked off that line.  I gave him his sandwich, and he dug in. My son kept saying “Look! A letter A! A letter B! and so on as he ate. We even made a game to say the letter where food fell!  You can imagine the mess that ensued.  Don’t tell the wife!  After the meal, we reviewed each of the steps on the chart, did we follow it to a T?  The end result was that he would get a temporary tattoo of Iron Man on his arm, if he was able to have everything checked off. First we cleaned our mess, and checked it off. Then we threw out the garbage, and put the milk away. 3 check marks! It was tattoo time!

The success of the lunch chart was amazing.  We had so much fun bonding over this fun activity which was super easy using our HP ENVY Rove 20 and HP ENVY 4500 e-All-in-One printer.  So much so, we’ve created a slew of charts since.  Everything from a chore chart to after school charts, etc. We included items from brushing our teeth, to putting our clothes in the hamper, to even giving his little brother a good night kiss. Bed time now will become a game, as we go from check point to check point.

Another favorite FREE printable from HP, requiring no tweaking is their Parent & Child Monthly Planning Calendar with cute cut-outs and an area for notes make this calendar ideal for keeping track of your family’s busy schedule.  Check out the HP ePrintCenter for more fun and FREE printables perfect for getting your new year off to a great start!

{ disclosure: I am a #HPFamilyTime Ambassador.  I received the HP ENVY Rove20 and HP ENVY 4500 e-All-in-One printer for review.  I received no further compensation and this post mentions products that are self purchased with no discount. }