I did this with Jayne and my 1 year old daycare kiddo today. I thought it would be nice to do something art related as a group today and we all had a blast. The paint mats are mess free. I gave the kids 1 rule, no fingernails! They drew shapes and letters and it led up to sing a what starts with this letter song. A good time was had by all and the best part is that we can use them over and over again.
If you want to make a paint mat for your little menagerie, you will need 3 things: paint, heavy duty ziplock bag, tape. First put paint in the bag. Get as much air as you can out when you shut it. Tape it to the table and start playing.