I have two young daughters – 3 and 4 years old – so mealtimes can be a bit, well, challenging to say the least. If I can get them to help set they table, they usually still find ways to argue. They fight over who puts the napkins out, who takes the drink orders, and where everyone will sit. We have actually had full blown fits over seating arrangements before so when I heard about the Let’s Eat Together Activity Placemats from The Victoria Chart Company, I knew they were worth a shot.
The simple act of eating together at the table is the perfect opportunity to talk, bond and learn from one another. Not only does it enrich the feeling of belonging, it is here that children learn etiquette, table manners and the essential skill of how to properly use their knife, fork and spoon. To help parents and carers maximize their children’s mealtime experience, these double sided dry erase ‘Let’s Eat Together’ placemats (11 x 18 inches and includes a pen) are fun, interactive tools that children just love to complete after a meal. Side one provides a check off system encouraging children to learn their table manners and side two provides fun activities to play at the table after a meal.
Some of the ‘table manners’ include:
- I helped set the table
- I have washed my hands before eating
- I didn’t talk with food in my mouth
- No playing gadgets at the table
- I helped clear the table
Some of the ‘activities’ include:
- What’s your best loved? (choose a theme such as animals, letters, food and then discuss why)
- What makes you feel? (happy, excited, proud, worried or tired and then discuss why)
- Animal alphabet fun (see if you can complete the alphabet naming an animal for each letter)
- What’s the opposite of? (think of some fun, simple words suitable to your child’s age)
- Just doodle
Both of my girls love these placemats – and they make meal times so much easier for me and my husband. Instead of having to pull teeth to get them to help set the table and to sit nicely while eating, they are now asking if they can help out. They cannot wait until the meal is over and it is time for them to go through their list and check off tasks that they completed. These placemats are easy to clean too – just use a damp cloth – and they are ready for the next meal. Since I have started using them, our mealtimes are all peaceful again!
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