Lately I feel like we are constantly correcting our children at the table. As I really started to think about it I don't think we have ever really discussed table manners with them. We just expected our kids to know them. #momfail The teacher in me thought it would be fun to use an hour or so in the afternoons to learn about table manners in a fun way.
I first looked up books at the local library regarding table manners. I found several books! I listed them below:
I read them at random times with Wyatt and Sloane. They sit at the island while I cook dinner and look through them. Wyatt picks out sight words. We read some at bedtime. I read some to Sloane after I picked her up from school. I didn't mind repeating some of them because after all...they were to be learning about the content in the books. We used all the days we had before returning them to the library.
Then there was Pinterest...oh how I love thee. ;) I just searched "minding table manners." Obviously there are one million ++ helpful places to visit, things to read, activities to use, etc. but I tried weeding through as best as possible. If you plan to complete some table manner activities I suggest you do the same, what works for one family might not be the best for the next.
I first found a list of table manners that worked best for our family. I printed it out on card stock. It was fun to stick a copy of them in the pile of books and just refresh our memory each time we read the books.
There were a lot of different videos on YouTube but these are the 2 I used:
There were quite a few games I read about regarding table manners. This one seemed interesting and beneficial but wouldn't work with my family very well. I didn't want to bring "games" to the table but to each his own, no judgment here. ;)
THIS is the game I ended up printing out and playing! It was so fun, they enjoyed playing, and learned some manners in the process. That's a win/win in my book!
We also learned about place settings using these printables. They cut them out and glued them on another piece of paper. It was a cute little placemat.
Lastly, they have been helping set the table most every night. They enjoy making it look so nice and I enjoy them taking on the responsibility. :) Another win/win people!!!!
We had so much fun completing these fun activities together. Now, let's hope they continue to apply these table manners at the dinner table WHERE EVER we go.