Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have a crowd of kids coming over for Thanksgiving, here are a few easy activities that will make the children feel special and keep them happily occupied (rather than under your feet).

If they are your kids, or ones you see often, get them involved with crafting a centerpiece several days before. Let them select and draw or paint on pumpkins, then cluster them in the center of the table. Older children can create paper pumpkins ala this tutorial by Make Mine Lime. Or use fallen leaves the kids collect and dip in paint to stamp leaf shapes on a long sheet of plain butcher paper. Use the paper as their tablecloth on Thanksgiving Day. Keep younger children busy during the meal by offering crayons to draw with on their paper tablecloth. Write their names in front of their seats and leave prompts like "What I'm thankful for…" You can also download free coloring pages here and here. Kids can color them in the afternoon before dinner. Use clothespins and twine to hang them along the wall as a garland to show off their creations.

For dessert serve Turkey Cupcakes like these cuties from Betty Crocker—recipe here.

What do your kids like best about Thanksgiving?

Pumpkin photo by Michael Kooiman via wikicommons. Cupcake photo via Betty Crocker.


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