I always enjoyed sitting at the “kids table” when my entire family got together for meals over the Holidays. It gave me a sense of independence and freedom from my parents and I got to sit with my older cousins, who I looked up to. We are headed down to my parents in Virginia this year. It’s the first time in a long time, I can’t even remember how long, that we will be getting together with extended family. There will be about 60 people and I am excited for my girls to experience the “kids table” with the next generation cousins. In the past, we got together at a family members house so the kids could run around in the yard or play in the basement. With the number of people expected, we had to rent a place so I have been on Pinterest everyday trying to find ideas to spruce up the “kids table” and keep them entertained until it is time to eat. Here are five ideas I found for Thanksgiving fun:
1. Pin It: My girls love Pin the ____ games. We decided to make a Pin the Gobbler on the Turkey game. Each child will get a gobbler. They will have to write what they are thankful for on it. They will be blindfolded and will have try to pin it closest to where the gobbler goes. My daughter just finished coloring and is checking out how her gobbler will look.
2. Coloring is always great for keeping little ones entertained. I love this crayon holder from parents.com. Put a turkey at each seat or spread a few out on the table for sharing. Make sure to leave some paper or print Thanksgiving Themed coloring pages.
3. Mix it up: The kids can make this adorable Gratitude Turkey Treat Jar from Toddler Approved while they wait for dinner or dessert. Fill it with a snack mix or left over Halloween candy as they suggest to take home. My oldest came up with a mix using cheerios, raisins, dried cranberries, Brach’s Autumn Mix and Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
4. Save your place: My oldest loves place cards. She enjoys looking for her name and her sisters name. Attempt to avoid arguing over who is sitting next to who by using adorable these adorable place cards from Dandee: A Happily Crafted Life. We are going to try cutting lollipop sticks so the little ones don’t poke themselves on the toothpick.
5. Story Time: Have the older kids read to the younger kids at the table. A few fun Thanksgiving books we love are: