Laurie Gelman teaches us how to make the kid's table fun for Thanksgiving.
Keeping kids busy before the holiday feast:
The kids table is notoriously the worst place to sit. It’s the social Siberia of Thanksgiving Day. So why not find ways to make it the only place to be?
First thing to do is keep the kids busy while you are cooking. Send them out to find pine cones - one for every person at dinner that day. Then set them to work making pine cone place cards (a trip to the craft store to get feathers, pipe cleaners and glue is all it takes) One volunteer adult can take them out to find pine cones and colorful leaves and also supervise the craft.
Making the kids table the best place to be during Thanksgiving:
As for the table itself, make sure its colorful but not too kiddy. An orange table cloth with yellow napkins is cheerful - even for the grownup table. The kids table cloth and napkins can be paper if you like but fabric makes it nicer.
Find colorful acrylic goblets - these can be re-used in summer on the patio or poolside, either theme friendly paper plates or yellow/orange melamine plates which add to your cost but can also be re-used for summer picnics.
Entertaining the kids during the long holiday meal:
The centerpiece can easily be made kid friendly, you can make a bouquet of Thanksgiving trivia (When was the first Thanksgiving? Why is Canadian Thanksgiving on a different date than American Thanksgiving? etc...) The kids can quiz each other… and keep each other busy and entertained.
If the kids are younger, you can obviously adapt a few things - the table cloth can be paper and you can put crayons and markers all around and ask them to draw turkeys by tracing their hands or draw scary pumpkins etc...
Teaching kids about the true meaning of Thanksgiving:
And finally, let’s remind kids what Thanksgiving is all about - you can also use the leaves that the kids have collected to make a thankful bowl/bag. Everyone can write on a leaf what they are thankful for and you can put it in a bowl for everyone to read.
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