Setting the Table: 2 Tips To Help Kids Remember Where the Utensils Go

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It's a real milestone when children are able to help (and not just "help") in the kitchen. And you feel the difference, as it can truly alleviate dinnertime stress when the kids take on meaningful tasks of their own. Take setting the table: "Helping" might mean plates and utensils on (or near) the table, with four plates at one seat and three forks and a spoon at another. Honest-to-god help comes when you don't find yourself quickly re-shuffling things as everyone sits down to eat.

Here are two little tips for helping children remember where utensils go at each place setting:

  • On the left of the plate is the fork. L-E-F-T and F-O-R-K each have four letters in them. On the right of the plate are the knife and spoon. R-I-G-H-T, K-N-I-F-E, and S-P-O-O-N each have five letters in them.
  • Also, the utensils are arranged in alphabetical order. Fork, knife, then spoon.

What kind of helpful hints or games do you use to get your kids involved and ease the dinner prep rush?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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