Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Meal-Time Activities: Kitchen Table Celebration

By: Deborah Pace Rowley
This isn’t exactly an activity to do at meal-time but is my all-time favorite use for my kitchen table. Whenever one of my children has done something wonderful that needs to be celebrated, we have that child stand on the kitchen table. *This is assuming you have a sturdy kitchen table that can support your child’s weight. **Only eliminate standing up if your table is really rickety. Trust me the best part of this activity is standing on the table! While the child is standing on the table, dramatically announce the news of their amazing accomplishment. Our kids have stood on the table for giving Primary talks, passing a spelling test, not crying at the doctor’s office when getting shots, scoring a winning soccer goal, not hitting anyone for a full day…you name it! The rest of the family then circles the table and cheers for the child as loudly and exuberantly as possible. We shout “Three Cheers for __________ (fill in the blank with the child’s name.) Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!” The child’s smile says it all!
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