Contributed by FlipFlops and Applesauce Blog
When we were kids, my little sister, Ellen, made up a story about the silverware on a place setting. She said the fork was an imprisoned princess, separated from her prince (the spoon) by an alligator-infested swamp (the plate) and a mean soldier (the knife.) It always reminded us where to put the fork, knife and spoon when we were setting the dinner table.
I told my girls the story and they loved it. I printed out a picture of a simple place setting and illustrated the story. Then they got to work coloring their own princess placemats to use at our next meal.
You can do the same thing – just print the placemat page and tell your kids the place setting story.
The image will usually print out at a suitable size but, if necessary, use your Paint program or your printer options to adjust the size. Print out the picture as large as you can on a single sheet of computer paper.
Give the kids some colorful markers and let them color in the story as they see and imagine it. Encourage them to talk about their story ideas.
If desired, you could laminate the colored placemats to use over and over again.