Easy Dinner Solution & Kid’s Placemat Craft

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Dinner time is usually rushed during the busy sports seasons of spring and fall so I need to find delicious options that are quick and easy to make. Soup is something both of my boys will eat and something Jacob really loves. My favorite soup brand is Campbell’s because it reminds me of my childhood, and the boys were really excited to see Dory, and her friend Nemo, from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory on the soup can at our local Target store. The can is full of fun-shaped pasta (sea shell, Dory, and Destiny) in chicken broth. Luke’s favorite snack, Goldfish® crackers, also have our favorite fish characters on their Goldfish® Special Edition! Cheddar Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Crackers packaging with special edition colors (colors sourced from plants). Together, with some fresh fruit, these make a great kid-friendly meal I can make within minutes.


To celebrate the new Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory branded packages, the boys and I made fun fish shaped placemats for our table. They are easy to clean so any dribbles of soup or crumbs can be wiped off.

What you’ll need:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Dry erase marker


1) Cut the colored tissue paper into small 1-2 inch squares

2) Peel a portion of contact paper from it’s backing and lay it sticky side up you’ll want the exposed piece to be a little bigger than a typically sized placemat. Note: Do not cut the contact paper from it’s roll.

3) Put pieces of tissue paper on the contact paper. Your children can make patterns or put them on randomly and they can overlap. Repeat until the majority of the contact paper piece is covered by tissue paper pieces.

4) Carefully peel the contact paper back more and fold the contact paper over so you are covering the tissue paper with the sticky contact paper you just exposed. Go slowly, smoothing the contact paper as you go so that there are no bumps or air bubbles and that the contact paper matches up with the other piece you put the tissue paper on.

5) Cut the contact paper from the roll like you would wrapping paper

6) Use a dry erase marker to draw a large fish shape on your contact paper

7) Cut out the fish shape you drew

You can find both the special edition Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory branded Campbell’s soup and the Goldfish® Special Edition! Cheddar Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Crackers at Target. They had a special display at the end of one of the frozen food aisles.


What’s your favorite go-to dinner that’s easy to make?


  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    That placemat is the cutest! I totally want to make some with my kids this weekend :)

  2. Dory Goldfish! Who would have thunk? Makes perfect sense though now doesn’t it? We’re placemat users at our house. Always have been. My kids are grown and now my grandkids know to grab a placemat even if they’re just sitting down for a snack. They’d love to design and make their own placemat.

  3. No way… this is perfect for Summer lunches. I struggle coming up with new ideas for my kids and they would love this. And that placemat is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing

  4. The placemat is so cute! We just saw Finding Dory on opening day and it was a great movie to see with my 15 year old daughter. Brought back good memories for both of us.

  5. I love finding cute craft projects that kids can help with. This placemat is so fun! I can’t wait to see Finding Dory. I bet the whole family will really enjoy it.

  6. What great tips and love that placemat!

  7. I totally love this idea! We used to make placemats all the time. This would be a fun new way to do it.

  8. My nieces would love to make the fish place mat! I am trying so hard to find new activities to do with them since school is over very soon (this Thursday!).

  9. What a fun placemate to make!! My son would love this craft for eating on!

  10. Oh my goodness – how cute are those placemats. I love anything Finding Dory.

  11. Amy Desrosiers says

    This is such a cute idea! My little kids would love to make these fishy placemats too!

  12. I love the place mat idea. That looks like something my girls would really enjoy making too. I’ll have to get the materials so that they can make one for themselves.

  13. I love the Finding Dory treats you found! And that’s a really fun idea with those placemats too.

  14. We are going to that movie this week! I need to grab some of those Dory foods and have a fun time with the kids.

  15. It is a fun idea to let kids make their own placemats. It will encourage them to come to the table for meals.

  16. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I love this placemat craft. We are so excited to go see Finding Dory.

  17. Elizabeth Lampman says

    My kids are going to love this soup. I will have to pick some up to surprise them.

  18. Winona Rogers says

    Goldfish are a staple in our house. The kids love them. I will have to try adding them to the kids soup next time.

  19. I love the idea of a placemat. It would probably help keep my table a lot cleaner.

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