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Setting the Table

What you will need

  • Actual snack food items, magazine pictures of foods, or colored photos (Dairy Council is one source)
  • Utensils
  • Place mats with outlines of utensil placement

Words you can use

  1. Fingers
  2. Hands
  3. Knife
  4. Fork
  5. Spoon
  6. Plate
  7. Bowl
  8. Cup
  9. Glass
  10. Napkin
  11. Set
  12. Prepare
  13. Table
  14. Snack
  15. Food
  16. Place mat
  17. Names of snack food items

What to do

Ask the children what they use to eat food at home. The responses will probably include the use of their fingers and hands as well as knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls, cups, and glasses.

Tell the children that each day when they have snack time, someone will be chose to set the table for the entire class. Depending on the snack that is served, one or more of the utensils that theymentioned will be used.

Show the children some snack food items such as apples, grapes, celery, peanut butter, bread, cereal, crackers, milk, juice, or water. As you show each food items, ask the children to name theutensils they would use to eat the sample item. Although finger foods are a common snack, some utensils can be used to eat them or serve them.

If the snack requires utensils, the children can practice setting the table for this snack. Talk about each commonly used food utensil and how it helps us to eat our food.


Ask the children about the snacks they eat at home, and when and how often they eat them. This can be a useful way to talk about nutrition and healthy snacks.

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