Placemats on Trays

By Charlotte Cushman on Oct 12, 2016

In this activity the student places one placemat on each cafeteria tray.  The activity works on the following skills:

  • one-to-one correspondence (one placemat for each tray)

  • sequencing

  • working with others

  • vocabulary


  • stack of cafeteria trays

  • stack of placemats


1.  Help the student to set up the workspace in an organized way, working left to right, so that she can pick up one tray, put one placemat on it, and place it in a stack of "finished" trays.

2.  Encourage the student to work as independently as possible until all of the trays are gone.


  • Additional steps may be included, such as adding silverware or napkins

  • Have the student extend the activity by getting the items from where they are stored before the activity begins, and placing them in the area where the items are stored after the activity has been completed.

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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.