Let's Eat Together Placemat
Age range 3 years thru 12 years
Toy Type AP Activity Product CE Entertainment CP Creative Product ES Educational Skills MM Multimedia OT Other SR Socially Responsible TY Toy Let's Eat Together Placemat is the suitably positioned in the 'Classic' category as its focus encourages families on eating together at the table, a simple act that is fast diminishing in busy, modern day lives. The Victoria Chart Company, an innovator of positive development tools for children, is focussing on products to encourage family 'togetherness.' First sees the launch of the 'Let's Eat Together' placemat. The simple act of eating together at the table is the perfect opportunity to talk, bond, and learn from one another. Not only does it enrich the feeling of belonging, the dry-wipe, activity placemat focuses on children learning their table manners and play fun after-dinner games. Victoria Ballard, the Company's founder and designer of the placemat, wants to assist parents to teach children good table mannwers, which begin with learning the basics of eating together at a table at home. However, increasing research shows the simple act of eating together can be difficult to achieve in busy, modern day lives, resulting in children ending up with such poor eating habits that elementary schools are having to teach children how to use a knife and fork. To help parents and caregivers maximize their children's mealtime experience, 'Let's Eat Together' Placemat is a fun, double-sided dry-erase mat measuring 11 x 17 inches and comes with a dry-erase pen. Suitable for children from 3 years, side one of the placemat provides children with a check-off system to help them learn their table manners and side two provides fun, communication activities for the whole table to play after a meal. Finding the time to eat together at least 5 to 6 times a week (for breakfast, lunch or dinner) brings numerous benefits for a family, in particular the children. It is the perfect opportunity to communicate and bond with one another. It encourages a screen-free time. Children are more likely to try new food and finish their meals. Children learn to eat properly with their knife, fork, and spoon. Sitting upright at a table is the best position for food to digest. But, most importantly, it is where young children learn etiquette and good table manners.