What is it
The simple act of eating together at the table is the perfect opportunity to talk, bond and learn from one another. Not only does it enrich the feeling of belonging, it is here that children learn etiquette, table manners and the essential skill of how to properly use their knife, fork and spoon.
The Let’s Eat Together Activity Placemat helps parents and carers maximise their children’s mealtime experience, the ‘Let’s Eat Together’ placemat (11 x 18 inches and includes a pen) is a fun, interactive tool that children just love to complete after a meal. Side one provides a check off system encouraging children to learn their table manners and side two provides fun activities to play at the table after a meal.
Side one: some of the ‘table manners’ include:
- I helped set the table
- I have washed my hands before eating
- I didn’t talk with food in my mouth
- No playing gadgets at the table
- I helped clear the table
Side two: some of the ‘activities’ include:
- What’s your best loved? (choose a theme such as animals, letters, food and then discuss why)
- What makes you feel? (happy, excited, proud, worried or tired and then discuss why)
- Animal alphabet fun (see if you can complete the alphabet naming an animal for each letter)
- What’s the opposite of? (think of some fun, simple words suitable to your child’s age)
- Just doodle
- Easy to clean with a damp cloth.
What our team of testers said
"I ate my broccoli mummy, look." - Girl aged 3
"I like the activities on the back and getting higher points than [my sister]." - Girl aged 8
- Promotes good table manners
- Encourages quality family time
- The activities get children thinking and talking
What our experts think
Our testers loved the Let’s Eat Together Activity Placemat – children really enjoyed checking off their achievements, competing with siblings to get the most which is great motivation! Parents said using the placemat definitely improved their children’s behaviour – for example, one mother said she has had a lot of trouble getting her 3-year-old to sit at the dinner table, but found that using the placemat encouraged her to do so.
The activities were also very popular and can encourage families to talk and interact during mealtimes. This is fantastic for building relationships, getting children to think about the questions given, and encouraging children to communicate. This also helps children develop their language skills, and having their parent’s full attention means children feel loved and valued.
- RRP: £8.50
- Brands: The Victoria Chart Company
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: Other products
- Types of skills developed: Health, hygiene & self-care
Listening and attention
Managing feelings & behaviour
Personal, social & emotional development
Speech, language and communication skills