The following is by contributor Mariah Bruehl of Playful Learning.
Children love to be involved in holiday preparations and decorating. This enthusiasm creates a wonderful entry point for teaching children how to set the table.
One way to make setting the table fun for everyone involved is to make placemats that can help guide your child through the process. They are very simple to make and will add a personal touch to your family meals.
1. Start by making photo copies of your spoons, knives and forks (we simply put the silverware on the glass top and closed the cover loosely over them).
2. Trace the outlines of your plates, napkins and the bottoms of your glasses on pretty printed paper.
3. After cutting everything out (great for fine-motor skills), glue them (in the proper places) to 11 x 15 inch pieces of watercolor paper (for added texture).
4. It helps to take them to your local office supply store to have them laminated for extra durability.
5. Last but not least, enjoy the independence your children experience when successfully setting the table (not to mention the extra time)!
Your children will take great pride in helping to set the table and your guests will be intrigued by the colorful handmade touch they bring to your dining experience.
What ways are your children helping you out this holiday season?