My children's plastic "Map of the USA" placemat has been with us for a long time. The kids have eaten many meals on it, and learned much about the States. Frequently we discussed different states, and whether or not we had been there, and if so, what we learned.
We don't use the placemat much anymore, but I just can't throw it out. Then it gave me an idea for a fun project. I am going to bead all 50 states, pin by pin, in honor of "The Placemat".