If mummies and daddies need to get their kids out of their hairs during meal prep, you can get the kids to set the table. Children love helping out and doing adult things so this is a good learning opportunity for them as well. By helping around the house, it gives them a sense of purpose and responsibility. They’ll also feel good about themselves for helping create a beautiful table for meal times!
Place setting is easy to do once they get the basics down. First, draw up the outlines of the utensils and plate on a large piece of paper. You may need to create a few of these at first. You can download one here and Martha Stewart’s cutout-and-rearaange version here.
These outlines will help them identify where to put each cutlery, cup and plate. The fun part is these outlines now also double as a placemat. If they are still restless after setting the table, get them to assist you with the cooking or get them to decorate their own placemat!
As they get better, you can upgrade them to fancier layouts and get them to help you place tiny table decor such as napkin rings.
Teaching kids how to set the table is also another way for them to learn their alphabets. There is a trick of sorts to help children remember where to place the cutleries.
A fork goes to the left of the plate. L-E-F-T and F-O-R-K have four letters in each.
The knife and spoon go on the right. R-I-G-H-T, K-N-I-F-E and S-P-O-O-N have five letters in each.
The kicker? The utensils are also arranged in an alphabetical order. Fork, knife, and then spoon!
Fun Knowledge For Kids
Where did place setting come from? A story tells of a French courtier who loves eating a lot and discovered that it’s easier to concentrate on eating if the utensils such as the fork and the spoon are placed right where it could be seen and reached.