Keeping the kids occupied so the adults can enjoy a leisurely Thanksgiving meal can require a trick or two. These cute and clever ideas work like a charm. The kids will love the activities and your adult guests will thank you they may even hug you!
1. Cover the kids table with brown craft paper. Set out cups or boxes of crayons. Let the kids decorate the table before, during, and after the meal! The brown craft paper “tablecloth” is not only fun for the kids, but avoids the stress of any spills—no staining your good linens. Found the images above at Country Living (use the link for other great Thanksgiving Tips) and Very Heatherly (visit this blog for clever and crafty inexpensive DIY ideas).
2. Mark each child’s place setting with a Lego Turkey. Lego stores carry these holiday items at the counter. If you cannot find the pre-packaged Lego Turkeys, put out assorted Legos and let the little ones design their own creations. Only for age appropriate kids so there’s no swallowing legos at the table.
3. Host an “Art Auction.” Invite the children to create some Thanksgiving artwork. The kids can color while the adults finish the meal ( kids are always done in half the time). Then have the adult guests bid on the masterpieces. Donate the proceeds from the auction to a pre-designated charity.