If you've been following my blog for awhile, then you know that I used to be in charge of the activities for the Relief Society (or women's group) at my church. We put on lots of fun activities, like our Christmas Parties (found here and here).
Well, recently my calling, or assignment, changed, and now I am in charge of a program called Activity Days- which is where I work with girls ages 8-11 to prepare them to be fabulous young women! I'm really excited to be doing this.
This week, we had a really fun and easy activity that I thought I'd share for anyone else looking for ideas. We did a "Mind Your Manners" Etiquette Activity.
Sadly I didn't take any pictures because my assistant was gone and I was in charge of the girls all by myself.
We started the activity with a True/False Quiz about manners and etiquette in social situations. You can find the quiz here, but I cut out some of the questions and adapted it to fit my girls.
We went over the answers together, and then I gave each girl a Reese's Egg with a treat label that said "You are an Etiquette Eggs-pert!" Spring is the perfect time for this activity since there are lots of egg treats in the stores for Easter.
If you have a Silhouette, a Print and Cut file is available for download here.
Next, I taught them the proper way to set an informal table. I highly doubt my girls are ever going to need to set a totally formal table, so we used a diagram one step up from what they would do at home, and set a table they might see in a nice restaurant.
We raced two girls at a time, using paper plates, utensils, napkins, and plastic cups. After every girl had a turn, I had them each set their own place setting, then served them some mini muffins, fruit salad, and cookies. If I had more time I might have done an actual meal, but I didn't want to spoil their dinner too much!
The girls seemed to have a blast, and they learned some things they didn't know before.
PS- this activity also fulfills one of the "Serving Others" requirements in their Faith in God booklet.