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1 DAY until Thanksgiving: Entertain the kids

By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 at 8:05 am in Thanksgiving.

KN HOLIDAYSURVIVAL KCOK, show of hands: How many of us hated sitting at the kids’ table at holiday meals? At my grandparent’s house, eating at the kids’ table meant getting bumped to the kitchen and eating off a table with no table cloth or fine china.

Fortunately, with a little imagination and creativity, you can turn the kids’ table into the fun table. Here are a few tricks: Use white butcher block paper instead of a table cloth and give each child a cup of crayons. Then let them color in between bites. Create a game-and-puzzle placemat, similar to what you might find at a family restaurant. Include word finds, mazes, and riddles that are Thanksgiving related. Let the children make pilgrim hats. (You can find step-by-step instructions at Glue leaves on a paper lunch bag. Fill the bag with inexpensive treats or toys and set one above each child’s plate. When all of the children have finished eating and cleared their dishes, let them open their bags. And most of all, ask the kids what they want. In our house, giving them their own pie, ditching the slicing and letting them just dig in with spoons actually has a few of the adults wanting to be at the kids’ table, too. (For more Thanksgiving ideas, see our Home & Garden section.)

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