Table Setting and Table Manners for Kids

Introducing table setting and manners for kids

We played with food toys all the time back then, and I wanted to try something new. We used real utensils and tried a formal table setting like a fancy restaurant or party. I didn’t even know how to set the table right, so we learned them together! It’s never too early and never too late!

What you need

  • Plates
  • Glass cups or Any cups
  • Utensils (knives, spoons, folks)
  • Napkin
  • Food toys for bread, salad, main course, and desserts (Your kids’ choice) If you don’t have food toys, you can draw meals on the paper and cut them out!
  • Placemat

The table setting is overwhelming because there are so many different ways and different styles…, but once we know how it works, then we can use it forever!
Table-Setting-and-Table-Manners-with-Kids

We researched the internet and used the formal table setting one website recommended. (There is so much information about the table setting out there!)



TedEd: How to set the table – Anna Post


There are some great videos for kids to learn proper table manners.

WhatsUpMoms: KIDS DINING ETIQUETTE 101 (with an Expert Coach!)

Aimee Symington: Manners and Etiquette – Teach Children Table Manners on WCNC

Learning Table Setting and Table Manners with Kids
Table Setting and Table Manners with food toys!
Table Setting and Table Manners with Kids - Dessert time!
So many things to learn, but so much fun! I played the server at the restaurant, and my son played a customer. Our food toy playtime turned into a fancy restaurant. We can use what we learned sometimes!

Happy learning!

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