Have you seen these Chinese coloring mats that have been popular in Singapore? Play乐学 (PlayLeXue) sent us these fun, reusable Chinese coloring mats that can also be used as dining placemats!
Disclaimer: We received these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and photographs reflect my family’s experience. Otherwise, we are not affiliated with Play Le Xue.
Review of washable Chinese coloring mats
As you probably know, I have a soft side for kid-friendly resources that feature Chinese characters!
With Chinese words visible around the house, we also have a better chance of memorizing Chinese characters.
What are the Chinese coloring mats made of?
Made in Korea, each design is printed onto food-grade platinum silicone with fade-proof black ink.
According to the Play Le Xue website, this type of silicone is meant for utensils and kitchenware.
The Chinese coloring mats are convenient for restaurants, waiting rooms (eg, doctor’s office), road trips, and air travel!
What can you use to draw on the coloring mats?
The Chinese coloring mats can be decorated with non-toxic, dry erase markers (whiteboard markers) for hundreds of uses.
How do you clean the resuable Chinese coloring mat?
The non-toxic dry erase markers clean easily with wipes or water and soap. My toddler can independently wash the mats on his own with baby wipes.
Although we haven’t tried this yet, you can take these dining placemats outside and deep-clean them in the dishwasher at home!
Learn Chinese from coloring mats
When you’re on the go, you can easily roll up the coloring mats and put them in your diaper bag, handbag, or backpack.
Here are 3 designs that my son and I enjoyed coloring while chatting in Chinese!
1. Chinese stroke order coloring mat
The Chinese stroke order coloring mat measures 43cm x 28cm and teaches 19 Chinese strokes.
Chinese stroke names are in simplified Chinese. For phonetic support, Hanyu Pinyin is under each Chinese character.
Dotted lines with an arrow head indicate the stroke direction.
A Chinese character with the stroke is also provided for context.
Between the stroke and the Chinese character is an illustration of the relevant word.
They would pair well with Play Le Xue’s acrylic Chinese stroke order puzzle (reviewed here).
2. Two Tigers 两只老虎 Reusable Coloring & Dining Placemat
My son is very familiar with the famous 两只老虎 / 兩隻老虎 (Liǎng zhī lǎohǔ / Two Tigers) song!
This Chinese tiger song is part of our Chinese nursery rhyme musical sound book!
Lyrics are in simplified Chinese, and my son enjoyed coloring the animals with thick dry-erase markers.
This mat measures 38cm x 24cm, slightly smaller than the Chinese stroke order mat.
To show compassion for people and animals who may have physical differences, when we sing 两只老虎, we change the last line from 真奇怪 (zhēn qíguài / so weird) to 没关系 / 沒關係 (méiguānxì / it’s okay).
3. Trishaw 三轮车 Reusable Coloring & Dining Placemat
Last but not least, this detailed coloring mat features the Chinese song 三轮车 / 三輪車 (Sānlúnchē / Tricycle).
Lyrics are in simplified Chinese, and I think the intricate design would be suitable for older children to color.
This mat measures 38cm x 24cm, same as the Two Tigers Chinese coloring mat.
Share your bilingual parenting experience!
Do you have these coloring mats? What do you think of them?
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments or something inspiring to motivate other parents to teach their kids Chinese in a positive way!
Where to buy Chinese coloring mats
You can buy the Chinese coloring mats from the Play乐学 (PlayLeXue) online shop in the link below.
Play乐学 ships internationally.
Singapore residents can use code chalkacademy5 for 5% discount on orders of $60SGD or more. Valid one per customer until December 31, 2020.
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