Boy at the Table

Good Manners Napkins

Do you ever feel like you are repeating yourself when you are teaching your kids table manners? Here is an idea your Cub Scouts can make for their holiday table or even for everyday family dinners.

While cloth napkins are expensive to purchase at first, a set such as these can be used over and over again. So they are economical in the long run. And they fit in the “reuse” category of reduce, reuse, recycle.

If you want to make them more affordable, make your own by purchasing the material, cutting into squares, and hemming the edges.

Good Manners Napkins



  1. Brainstorm some phrases to help the Cub Scouts remember their table manners – like “Say please and thank you”, “Don’t put too much in your mouth”, “Use your napkin”, “Don’t interrupt the conversation”.
  2. Write the phrases on the large sheet of paper with the marker and put it where the Scouts can see it.
  3. Have the Cub Scouts pick three or four things they want to work on. They should write those phrases on a napkin with the fabric marker.
  4. They can fill in white space with small drawings.
  5. Each Scout takes his napkin home to use at mealtime. When he puts it on his lap, he should look at the phrases to remember what he is working on.

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