Help your kids develop independence with this clever table setting hack

Get your kids to set the table all by themselves with this clever hack!

TikTok account Crafty Moms (@craftymoms) has garnered a following of almost 3 million users for their videos featuring DIY projects and clever hacks that help kids learn practical skills. Recently, they shared a video featuring an easy hack to teach kids to set the table. 

The clip shows viewers how to help kids achieve a “greater level of independence” by creating their own table place setting. The filmer begins by swapping out a regular placemat for a blank sheet of paper. 

After placing the dishware and utensils onto the paper, they outline each item with a pencil, labeling each stencil drawing with its intended purpose. Finally, they cover the sheet with clear tape so kids can cleanly wipe off leftovers. 

The finished product is a DIY placemat with template settings designed specifically to help kids understand which objects go where at the dinner table.

Both parents and non-parents alike took to TikTok to express their excitement for the clever hack. 

“Me taking notes even if I’m only 23 and [don’t] have a child yet,” one user joked. 

“This is a fantastic idea! And so much cheaper,” gushed another viewer. 

“Had my daughter helping me set the table at 2. She would just lay things on the side because she couldn’t reach but loves to help. Now [at] 4 ½, still helping,” one person shared. 

“I love this! This is how we teach kids to clean up independently at school also,” one clever educator noted. 

Incorporating practical skills into your child’s routine is an excellent way for them to develop independence and self-motivation. Thanks to videos such as this one, it’s easier than ever to find activities that are both fun and informative.

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