This is my first year hostessing Thanksgiving for my family and I am so excited! My first thought wasn’t about food, or decor, it was, “what am I going to do to entertain the kids?”. So I put together a helpful guide on a simple way to keep the kids distracted while the adults are putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving feast.
I knew I didn’t want to do a traditional table where the children are separated from the adults. In my family we always mix the generations. But I did want a separate place for them to be able to do activities while keeping out of the way of their parents. So I thought it would be exciting to put together little gift boxes full of Thanksgiving themed craft supplies that were age appropriate for the majority of kids at my meal.
Inside each box is a set of wooden ornaments in the shapes of turkeys, three pens that come in the package with the ornaments, Thanksgiving themed foam stickers, and a little stamp that self inks. Did I mention how much toddlers love both stickers and stamps? My daughter is totally obsessed with them.
Everything was packaged inside these boxes that I found at the craft store, and then sealed with washi tape and twine. Then I used my printer to create these fun turkey stickers!
Speaking of washi tape, I used the same colors to decorate a few wooden dowels. I just cut the ends into pendants. The tassel tops were created by cutting a strip of scrap booking paper and then fringing one side. Then I tightly wrapped the fringed paper around the top of a dowel and taped it together at the bottom. Finally I just carefully fluffed the fringe to create the effect you see above.
Just in case the kiddos were hungry, I included a few snacks. I know we will have our traditional veggies and dip (here) but a few munchies never hurt anyone.
Because I wrapped the table with butcher paper, the kids can color to their hearts content. When Thanksgiving is over, all I have to do is remove the paper and throw everything away!
I know this kid’s table isn’t as showy and many that I see on Pinterest, but it is easy to recreate, inexpensive, and most of all it is practical. Kids don’t last that long at any activity, so why spend hours creating something they will only enjoy for a few minutes? I say put your effort into the things that will be most appreciated, like the food, the decor, and most importantly, the drinks!
So tell me, do you have a separate kid’s table or do you also mix the children with the adults?