In Montessori, children are given as many real experiences as possible when it comes to eating - they are given the chance to eat at a real table, with real dishes, and the chance to feed themselves - even when they are babies!
Giving them the right materials early on helps to provide the path to independent eating. A placemat may not seem like much, but it provides your child with the chance to use real materials and know where to place them - it speaks to their sense of order and gives them (or prepares them for) the ability to set the table. Practically, it can also make eating easier by keeping plates/bowls cups from sliding around.
All you need to do is print the pdf below and and add laminate, a DIY experience!
We hope you love your new placemat <3