Laying a table

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  • Plate, knife, fork, spoon, napkin.
  • Place mat setting diagram


This can be done as a group presentation.


  1. Directress gathers the children together in a group around the dining table and shows them how to lay a table.
  2. Directress takes the materials placed on a tray and brings it to the dining table.
  3. She then takes the place mat setting diagram and puts it on the table.
  4. Then, she takes the knife, fork, spoon, napkin and plates out from the tray and place them according to the diagram.
  5. When the exercise is completed, Directress shows the children how to place the materials back to its place.

Control Of Error

Visual. A place mat setting  diagram is provided.

Points Of Interest


Direct aims:

  • To teach a child how to lay a table.

Indirect aims:

  • To develop the child's eye hand coordination.
  • To develop the child's fine motor control.
  • To develop the child's concentration.
  • To develop the child's independence.
  • To develop the child's self esteem.


Have a different table setting for a Chinese meal, Japanese meal, etc.