|Now families, schools and child care centers have two options when teaching their children how to set the table and share a meal, not the germs--such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), the #1 birth defects virus. "Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale" can be purchased as a coloring book (1st edition) or in color (2nd edition). Photograph by Jessica Rachels of the |
Idaho CMV Advocacy Project
Staff can work it into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). STEAM is a popular way to package and present the interconnectedness of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in the regular curriculum. When you talk about germs, the coloring book, “Once Upon a Placemat” (Art and Literacy), introduces germs (science, biology) in a format that integrates the arts. Drawing and writing activities can be planned to further integrate those domains. Teachers can further bring in technology and engineering by designing activities that help the children to "invent" equipment or machines to help better wash hands, keep food fresh and germ free, etc. Math can enter into the plan by graphing how long children wash their hands, how often they wash their hands, how many uses the classrooms get out of a single pump bottle of hand soap, etc. With a little more thought (and a few trips to Pinterest!), lots of germ-based activities can be created and integrated.
- Bag (paper or reusable insulated bag).
- Plate, cup, napkin, fork, spoon, knife.
- Crayons or washable markers.
- Placemat with tableware characters, which can be laminated (see below for links*).
- Picnic food (homemade or prepackaged that would use all utensils, such as peanut butter, crackers, applesauce and cake).
- Hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
- Sink hand-washing sign and tri-fold flyer on CMV prevention to take home (found on blog post: https://congenitalcmv.blogspot.com/2018/05/free-cmv-prevention-tool-kit-for.html)
- If funds are available, give a child their own bound copy of the coloring book version of “Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale,” or the 2nd edition with images already colored, to share with their families so their parents can reinforce the table-setting lesson and learn how to prevent CMV, the leading viral cause of birth defects virus, as well as other diseases.
Side one: Placemat with tableware characters with space for your coloring artist's name (perfect for laminating and using as a table-setting reminder).
Side two: Germ prevention tips and hand-washing instructions.