As Little Blue gets more involved around the house, one of the chores he does on occasion is putting the eating implements away. I take away the sharp knives, if any, then give him the basket. He talks to himself and plays a little matching game with the spoons, forks, and butter knives.
Little Dude even asks whether to put his dishes in the sink or the dishwasher when they're dirty. Granted, he doesn't put them in the right spot, but he gets them on the right rack.
As an added bonus, I can usually finish putting everything away while he's talking to the spoons. Makes the daily chores a little more enjoyable to have him underfoot.