This project is great for children. There is just one thing, you really want to cover the entire sureface of the linoleum with paint. If you don't, the polyeurthane will just turn the backing to a dark gray color. For my children, I put some puddles of paint directly on the Linoleum and had them swirl it around. I went back and touched up the edges where necessary.
I also gave them a plan. I wanted the placemats to somewhat match, so I told them to use their cat, Sparkles, as the inspiration.
We made six placemats - all based on a true story
Sparkles tries to eat Caitlin's Fish
The day Sparkles sent the little red birds to Heaven
Sparkles vs. the hornet's nest. (That day cost me $300 at the vet)
Sparkles brings a mouse to dinner
Cats hate baths
What do you think cats dream about?
We certainly have a lot of adventures to choose from :)