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Creating a child friendly Thanksgiving table

A Thanksgiving table scape that includes children in the festivities.
A Thanksgiving table scape that includes children in the festivities.
By: Bobbi Hammonds

Thanksgiving is just a week away, as menus are finalized and plans are set, children can sometimes be forgotten in the planning process. It is a great idea to include children in the making of a great holiday and it gives them a piece of the celebration to have as their own.

Paper pumpkins to use as placecards
by: Bobbi Hammonds

There are a lot of fun things that children can do to help in the festivities and most of them can entertain them for much needed kitchen and cleaning time. Here are just a few really great ideas to help make this holiday season special for even the little ones.

Who doesn’t love a great place card for a table? When thinking outside of the box I stumbled upon this super easy 3D pumpkin paper craft that makes a beautiful addition to any table and is a cinch to make. All that is required is some orange, green, and brown construction paper and some brads (Brads can be found at Office Depot. I found some at the one off Rosenburger on the west side.) To make this project go smooth, and to simplify it for younger children, I recommend precutting all the strips of paper, leaves, and prepunching all the holes. This makes the craft essentially assembly only and keeps scissors out of little children’s hands. It is also a good idea to make a list of the guests so children don’t have to keep asking how to spell each name. Using the leaf as the name tag, these pumpkins are the sweetest little place card around.

Sitting and waiting for dinner to be served can be a real test for small children. Printing out coloring pages or this fun printable placemat can be a great addition to a child’s table. Add a jar full of crayons and the whines and cries just may be kept at bay till the food is served.

Do not forget the older guests. Thanksgiving is all about what we are thankful for. So having some cards and markers for each guest to write down what they are thankful for can be a great addition to family time. Thinking over the last years blessings and achievements really bring the holidays a joy every family loves. I found some super cute printable cards on Family Fun’s website; just cut and place.

No matter how Thanksgiving is celebrated it is easy to include children and inexpensive projects to make this year special.

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