i should be mopping the floor: Free Printable Teaching Placemat

Friday, June 26, 2015

Free Printable Teaching Placemat

This Free Printable Teaching Placemat post is sponsored by Bounty Minion Prints.
I'm a member of the #quickerpickerupper team, but all opinions are my own.

Helping kiddos learn table manners is a great tool for life. This free printable teaching placemat is an easy visual aid to get your kitchen helpers learning to set the table for family meals.
Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
As the summer progresses, we're actually doing really well with our chores, y'all (nobody is more surprised than this girl). My older son gets up before all of us in the summer (he's one of those people who seem to require very little sleep...he did not get that from his mom). He has the dishwasher unloaded and a truckload of my outdoor plants watered before I'm even stumbling to the coffee pot. He's a dream.

Not to worry, it's not all sunshine and lollipops 'round these parts. Brother bear sleeps until ten and then I become a teeth-pulling dentist trying to get him on the chore train (choo-choo...all aboard). After trial and error, we've learned that kiddo works better later in the day. So, table setting is his jam, man. He owns it. 


Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
I put these placemats together to help him get all of the "tools" in the right spots. While the Emily Post etiquette book my mother gave me as a kiddo was fabulous for a preteen girl like myself, my lil' guy wasn't nearly as excited about that pass down as I *hoped* he'd be (a boy mom can dream, right?). *Side note, I still haul out that book when I set the table for fancier dinners, y'all...it makes my heart go pitter patter.*

But, these simple placemats are perfection for my kiddo. We laminate ours to make them super durable and easy to clean up after each meal.

Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
To make things easier, I do grab the plates, silverware, and glasses for him (he truly can't reach them since they're in the upper cabinets). This is the queue that it's time for table-setting to commence, y'all. 

Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
And he takes the job seriously, too. I like that this is a tool that will serve him well in life. Who doesn't love a man who knows which direction to place the blade of a butter knife when setting a table? You're welcome, future daughter-in-law. You're welcome. 

Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
Besides the visual shapes of the plate, cup, and silverware, I included the sight words, too. This will be awesome for beginning readers to have the word-reminders right in front of them at meals. 

They'll be ready for those White House dinners in no time, y'all. 

Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
Adding kid-friendly napkins to our table also makes the process super fun. And, just in time for the Minions movie to hit theaters on July 10, NEW Bounty Minions Prints are a fun and functional purchase for the whole family. And, I mean...who doesn't love a Minion, y'all? My kids are so excited for this one!

These cute new Bounty napkins help reinforce a few key manners...one being to not use your sleeve. Ahem.
Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
Bounty Minions Prints are a must-have to make cleanup fun for the whole family.
Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
After meals, we can also use the Bounty Minion Prints Paper Towels for easy wipe up of our placemats (lamination=perfection). One towel is so durable that it can wipe up all four of our placemats in one go 'round.

Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
Like I mentioned above, I laminate our placemats for durability. I upload mine to my local print shop and then have them do the lamination, too. These are 11x17, so printing at a professional place is the way to go here. Mine were less than $5 each for printing and laminating. I've made similar mats like these for holidays and gifts over the years and they last forever with the professional laminating.  

Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
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18 comments:

  1. This is awesome! Such a great printable to help kids know how to set the table. Wish I had something like this when I was younger. I still don't know which utensil goes on which side. I'll have to share this with our parents. They will really love this idea!

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  2. What a cute idea, and way to go with the chores, guys :)

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  3. Totally love the placemats! Perfect way to teach those skills, great idea!

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  4. You always find the best ways to incorporate teaching manners and chores!! Love it!

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  5. I love those placemats and what a great idea incorporating fun and learning! Great for children of all ages!

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  6. This is so much fun! I would love to try this with my kids!

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  7. What a great way to teach kids about placement at the table! Genius!

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  8. Such an important lesson to learn for the kiddos!! Love this printable...so smart!! We can't wait for the Minions movie too :)

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  9. What a great idea! Sometimes I have to think about where everything is supposed to go. This is so great for kids to learn!

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  10. Love this idea. I'm going to make these for the grand kids. Thanks!

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  11. This is such a cute idea, my kids would love it!

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  12. This is such a cute idea. I'm going to have to make a few..and get some of those minion paper towels!!

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  13. What a cute idea for little kids!

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  14. This is such a great idea for kids and they're so cute too!

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  15. Haha how cute! I totally need a grown-up on of these do I know where to put my small fork

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