Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays for so many reasons—and not just because of the feast. It’s because of the time-honored traditions, sharing stories around the table, and the cheers from those watching the football game. There really is something for everyone on Thanksgiving Day.
This year, give the little ones their own piece of the Thanksgiving pie. Kids’ crafts and activities are a great way to keep children busy and their tiny hands away from the stove during the festivities.
Here are our favorite ideas for kids’ table activities this Thanksgiving:
Butcher Paper Masterpiece
With just a few layers of butcher paper and some crayons, colored pencils and markers, you can transform the kids’ table into any little Picasso’s dream studio. Ask your littlest guests to draw their favorite part of Thanksgiving, the funniest turkey they can imagine, or what they think the very first Thanksgiving looked like. Let the creativity flow and you’ll have yourself some busy kids and some priceless art.
An easy and fun game for kids (and adults), Thanksgiving Bingo is a guaranteed barrel of laughs. Click here for a fun and free bingo card printable and make up the rules as you go. Use candy for game pieces and let your new favorite Thanksgiving tradition begin! Save extra cards for next year or just print them as people arrive.
Whether you take the butcher paper route or not, keeping a few blank paper placemats ready on the kids’ table is a good idea before or during the big meal. Placement printables can be found all over the internet, and there are hundreds of ideas for coloring “prompts” for kiddos. But the classic hand turkeys never disappoint!
To go along with the artistic theme, give the kids a few pre-folded nameplates for the table and have them decorate their names. Better yet, have them create a Thanksgiving story using the letters in their name. For example, a child with a “T” in her name could come up with a story about a magic turkey. Have the kids present their stories after dinner for a little post-turkey entertainment.
For more fun kids’ table crafts and activities, visit our Kids Table Pinterest board and get crafting!