Hosting for the holiday? You have enough on your plate with preparing the turkey, whipping potatoes, and rolling out pie crust—and kids in the kitchen can complicate cooking.
Turn them loose with these tips, tricks, and activities to keep them out of your hair on Thanksgiving day.
Have the kids…
Set the table—this may not take a lot of time, but have the kids team up to set the table cloth, dishes, and flatware, or even fold napkins.
Make name cards—using leftover cardstock or printer paper, have the kids decorate name cards for the guests arriving at your home. They’ll get to be creative and still be a part of the tradition, while adding a personal touch to the table.
Scout out colorful leaves—send the kids to venture outside to collect leaves in a different shapes and color. Make festive bouquets to set with each placemat or scatter leaves across the table to bring the outdoors in.
Watch the parade—almost every moment, there’s something new to witness on your screen during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Set them up with a snack and some pillows, and let them veg out until it’s time to pig out.
Play Not-So-‘Bored’ Games—after the parade, turn on a movie, and pull out the board games from storage. There are hours of potential fun for the kids to laugh and to play.
And if all else fails…
Bait them with holiday cheer—have the kids write out their wishlists or draft Christmas letters to Santa. The mere idea of Christmas coming soon will have them tickled pink with excitement.
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