Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to gear up for some quality family time. (Don’t act too excited!) So how can you make this holiday fun for everyone? While we don’t have advice for avoiding a fight with your crazy brother-in-law, we do have some tips for making Thanksgiving more kid-friendly. Because when the kids are happy, everyone—even the crazy ones—is happier.
Put the kids to work
When children are invested in cooking and other holiday preparations, they’re more likely to a) eat the food and b) enjoy the celebrations. Plus, it helps them stay busy during the often-hectic prep time. Good jobs for the kiddos? Mashing potatoes, setting the table, assigning seats and making place cards.
Luckily, a lot of traditional Thanksgiving food does happen to be pretty child-friendly, but there are easy ways to make it even more fun and appealing. As mentioned earlier, involving the kids in the food preparation process is a good way to help them feel like they have a stake in the meal. You can even make up a menu (or have them help with it) that they can check off as they try or eat the different items (turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, etc.), and then turn in to redeem dessert. You can also make some fun, kid-approved side dishes, like this turkey-shaped fruit gobbler.
Keep ‘em entertained at the table
The key to an enjoyable meal? Keeping the kids entertained at the table in between courses or while they’re waiting for the food. A great way to have a little fun in between bites is to roll out craft/ construction paper instead of a traditional tablecloth, so that the kids (and adults) can color on the table. Another fun activity it to make a “tree of thanks” as a centerpiece. During the meal, each person writes down something they’re thankful for and hangs it on the tree.
Have any other ideas for a kid-friendly Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!