Laminated book pages as place mats! My kids are too old for storybook ones, but I am determined to find cool book pages to do this with. ((damaged and such from the thrift; no living books will be harmed in the making of this project))
The coffee table top is GONNA get ruined anyways! :) Repaint a coffee table with chalk board paint. Draw a road, game boards, self portraits, work out homework problems, or just let the kids go wild. It will keep them entertained for hours.