Whenever we have a large family get together with lots of kids we like to set up a special table Kids’ Table. Not only does it frees up room on the dining table it makes them feel special, and keeps the kids entertained during the meal.
This works great on Thanksgiving! Set up a kids’ Thanksgiving craft table within view of adults so you can keep an eye on them. Keep them busy coloring their own place mat before the meal. A cute pilgrim hat crayon holder on each place setting keeps crayons hopefully on the table and not the floor! The table can convert into a craft table after the meal to keep kids busy while adults clean-up, watch the game, or just visit.
Remember it doesn’t have to be fancy, just FUN!
Make each child a table card with his or her name using a brown paper bag, cardstock, and foam letters. Trim the bag with pinking edgers, push the pointy corners in, fill with newspaper or better yet a popcorn ball and form into shape. Insert bone cut out from cardstock and staple close. Glue foam letters on.
Set sail with this “Mayflower” cup. Cut out a circle of blue cardstock for the coaster. Cut out the sails from thin foam, punch holes on the top and bottom, thread in straws and plop in to brown paper cups.
Pilgrim Hat crayon holder using paper cups, cardstock, and construction paper. Cut out the bottom of a black paper cup with a craft knife. Glue it on upside down to a circle cut from black cardstock, glue on construction paper band and buckle.
Thankful Tree made from cardstock as your centerpiece. Cut out a tree shape from brown cardstock. Fold each in half lengthwise. Glue folds together to make tree stand up. Cut out leaves from construction paper. Glue leaves to tree.
Prefer a Turkey crayon holder? Make these pinecone turkeys from Amanda’s Parties to go.
Instructions and printables here!
Or just cover the entire table with brown paper, you can buy them in rolls, and have the kids go at it! That’s what The Frugal Homemaker did!
This idea from Rusty and Rosy turns juice boxes into turkeys.
A popcorn filled paper bag turkey doubles as a centerpiece and a snack. Great idea from One Charming Party.