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.