22 April 2006

Make setting the table fun

If you have a roll of kraft or butcher paper around, have the kids make a tablecloth.  Cut a piece of paper a little larger than the size of your table.  Then, let them go to town with crayons, markers, stickers, glue stick, and construction paper.  When it’s done, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind table topper. Have the kids put it on the table themselves and then let them set it themselves, however they want.  If the cup ends up in the middle of the plate, well hey, at least it’s still accessible.

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This is the rhyme that our kids have learned to help set the table. Our 3 year old knows where things go already. :)

"The fork and the spoon had a fight. The fork LEFT because the spoon said she was RIGHT."

Besides using that to set the table, if we are out in public and they aren't behaving and I need to separate the kids, I will tell one to be the "fork" and another to be the "spoon." They know that means they have to take different sides of me/sides of the shopping cart/sides of the stroller.

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