Basic Table Manners Free Printable

Teaching children manners starts at the table.  You can teach very young children basic table manners that will lay the foundation for habits of respect and kindness.
Modeling basic table manners yourself is the first step to teaching your children.
To help your children practice, I use the Manners Game.  It is so effective, that my daughters now have better table manners than my husband and me!  Because I needed a reminder from time to time, I made a fun printable to display in our dining room.  Maybe now, I will beat them at the Manners Game.

It includes these basic table manners:

Ask to be excused
No talking with your mouth full
Ask “May I please?”
Say “Thank you”
No elbows on the table
Eat over your plate
No secrets at the table
Compliment the chef
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To make my wall art, I used Mailpix!

As a mom of 3, going to the store is exhausting.  Add an extra trip to the local print shop, and it can turn into a disaster.  It takes at least an hour for me to upload, edit, and print my pictures at the store.  Mailpix lets me do everything on my own time at home.
Mailpix is a full service photo printing shop.  They offer penny prints, photo enlargements, photo books, custom iPad cases, and more!  You can even order prints directly from your Facebook account or make one of these amazing photo books.
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I wanted a large, quality image to display so I ordered an 11 X 14 enlargement.  It was so fast and easy to upload my print to their site and order it to my home.  No kids begging to go home, no money spent on gas, and my print was shipped in less than a week!

Make your own Table Manners Sign.


Simply click on the image you want and right click to save it to your computer.
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  1. says

    We are working on not talking while food is still in your mouth. Hard when the kids are excited and want to share about the day before they swallow but we are working on it. :)

  2. says

    I love the ones you’ve selected, especially thanking the cook because my children often moan when I bring them their plates, which is so upsetting! Eat over your plate is a rule we also try to stress. I’m thinking if we had a dog, we’d never have to feed him from all the crumbs he’d find under our kitchen table with four kids! Thanks for this sign. And I love Mailpix too!

    • MM says

      My Aunt once described her daughter-in-laws kitchen:
      “You could eat off the floor……. There’s so much food on it!”

  3. says

    Great idea to have a reminder for everyone to see. I’m going to have to check out the Manners Game. I’ve never heard of it.
    Thanks for linking up at my Real Family Fun link party.
    Take care,

  4. helen says

    Am I misunderstanding “Eat over your plate”? I hope so…
    To lean forward over your plate is very poor table etiquette. You’re supposed to sit up straight and use your utensils to “bring the food to your mouth; not your mouth to the food” (as the rule goes).
    I like the idea of printable rules.

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