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Setting The Table

Ask your child to help you set the dinner table, and follow the pattern of "fork, plate, spoon."

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Extending this activity

  • -Ask the child to set the table using his or her own pattern.

    -Read "Seaweed Soup" by Stuart J. Murphy. In the story, Turtle comes up with creative ways to set the table for his dinner guests.

Adjust for an older child

Create the pattern and add a plate and cup: salad fork, fork, plate, cup, spoon. Ask the child to set the table for dinner following the same pattern.

Adjust for a younger child

Use a fork, plate, and spoon to create a pattern. Help the child begin the pattern and then challenge him or her to finish it.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Patterns and algebraic thinking

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4 thoughts on “Setting The Table

  1. loved seeing a video with multiple siblings of various ages and abilities. Very helpful for parents to keep all children engaged in activity instead of just one child.

  2. Thanks for the comment! We hear that a lot and we are really keeping that in mind as we add new videos to our library and refilm some current videos. Stay tuned!

  3. Love the way it was stated as a pattern for the younger children. Being we are still teaching them left and right. This really helped.

  4. We’re so glad this was helpful! It is definitely a simple means of practicing patterns, learning directionality, AND involving your child in helping in a meaningful way.

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