Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Learning How to Set the Table

When we were kids, my little sister, Ellen, made up a story about the silverware on a place setting. She said the fork was an imprisoned princess, separated from her prince (the spoon) by an alligator-infested swamp (the plate) and a mean soldier (the knife.) It always reminded us where to put the fork, knife and spoon when we were setting the dinner table.
I told my girls the story and they loved it. I printed out a picture of a simple place setting and illustrated the story. Then they got to work coloring their own princess placemats to use at our next meal.
With their cute placemats, they'll never forget which piece of silverware goes where.
Table Setting

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16 comments:

Michelle Sybert said...

Why not use your drawings as templates or even placemats! You could laminate them so they stay nice and beautiful! (I do love the story) Great Idea!

Nyla said...

Love this idea. So cute! So girly! :)

Brian, Christina, and Jack Chisholm said...

This is A-Dor-A-Ble! I can never remember where the pieces of silverware go...now maybe I will! How cute and sweet!

Rachel Shoemaker said...

That's such a cute story!

Deborah W said...

What a great idea! So much more fun than the way I always remember; that the silverware is in alphabetical order, left to right. What little girl wouldn't rather have a story about a princess!

Penny Malley said...

OK, not fair. All the sisters have great hair, but they're all creative now, too??? Where's Ellen's blog?? :)

Linda Z said...

That's great! I've been teaching my eldest son how to set the table, and I will share this story with him! I think I'll make the prince a knight though, cause he love knights! :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Super cute! They would be great laminated, with their names on them too maybe :) Love it!

Shan said...

This is a great idea - and I love your art work :)

Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Love, Love, Love this! I can use this in my Practical Living classes! Thanks, Melissa

My Love is..... said...

fantastic idea. thanx!!

Carrie said...

At our house, the fork is a witch (note the spiky hair). The knife (knight) protects the spoon (princess) from the witch. That's why his blade is toward the witch. Love the placemat idea!

MamaSue said...

When I was in Brownies, we learned a similar story: Mom (spoon) was in the home (napkin) watching while Dad (knife) took his Brownie daughter (spoon) on a hike around the lake (plate) in the sunshine (drinking glass). It's how I taught my own Girl Scout troops, and how -- with a few minor adjustments! -- I'm teaching my grandsons. Princess Leia, Death Star, CP3O blah blah blah

kawaii crafter said...

what a great story, I'm going to try this with my children

found you from the Crafty Crow

aswewalk.com said...

That's adorable.

sarita said...

another way to remember where the utensils go:
fork has 4 letters - left has 4 letters.
knife, spoon have 5 letters right has 5 letters!
just something i learned..