Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Kids' Table

Growing up, I must admit that Thanksgiving wasn't one of my favorite holidays.  Don't get me wrong...I love turkey, pie and a great home cooked meal, but it felt like there was nothing more than the eating.  Now as an adult, my own family usually gets together with my husband's side of the family, where my kids play with their cousins, the guys watch a football game or two and the girls sit in the living room looking through ads in the paper to see which stores we will visit in the middle of the night, all for the sake of a good deal...yeah I'm one of those crazy people!  Playing games and eating comes with the holiday too.  Well if your family has kids or kids coming to dinner, here are a few ideas you can use to keep them entertained at the "kids table".
Have the kids make these darling little turkeys using Rice Krispies.
While sitting at the table, waiting for the food, have the kids color some Thanksgiving pictures using this FREE package of assembled crayons.
and FREE coloring page, which could double as a placemat.
I am a sucker for Peanut Butter, so making these Nutter Butter turkeys would be a BIG hit at my house. 
Ingredients needed:
Nutter Butter Cookies
M&M's (minis)
White Cookie Frosting
Red, Yellow and Orange Jelly Beans
Candy Corn
(Full Sized) Reese's PB Cups
(Nabisco) Chocolate Wafer Cookies

How about these simple Pilgrim hat cookies from Woman's Day?  3 ingredients!  (Nabisco) Chocolate Wafer Cookies, 1 tube orange frosting with piping tip, and small Reese's PB cups.
I love this idea from Fiskars.  Fill a pie tin with some items to munch on so that when dinner isn't ready on time, the kids will have some food to snack on.  Fill the tin with items such as popcorn, M&M's, Bugles chips, nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, etc.  Make sure to cut a shape in the lid to resemble the top of a pie.
Also, from Fiskars, turn a paper cup upside down and decorate it like a Pilgrim's hat to hold the crayons.  If the table is covered with some white butcher paper, the kids can enjoy the wait time while coloring!
Lastly, I thought I should add some nutrition to the mix.  Maybe serving vegetables like this would make the kids want some?!?
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!  Check back next week as I start the Christmas ideas coming...


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