Thanksgiving with Little Guests

When it comes to the day of Thanksgiving, adults are often overwhelmed with preparing the main feast. What many parents forget is that this day can also be overwhelming for the little ones, who may not know the extended family quite as well. Couple awkward meetings with out-of-town cousins and hunger while mom and dad mingle and help prepare food, and you have a recipe for disaster. Thinking ahead and making sure that there are plenty of fun foods available for kids at a designated table before the big feast can ease the aggravation and give kids a place to meet and something to talk about.

Kid Snacks for Fun

Snacks don’t have to be unhealthy to be kid friendly. Carrot and celery sticks with dip can be creatively arranged, muffins, fruit, and cheeses with crackers can all be set out to be grabbed up by little fingers. Making little turkey designs may inspire the kids to take on their own crafty little projects, and kids will begin keeping themselves entertained while staying out from underfoot. Organizing a kid’s section of the kitchen is also an option for little helpers. Kids can help make little turkey or pumpkin designs out of cut fruit and veggies, scoop muffins or cupcakes, decorate with frosting and sprinkles, and mix big bowls of stuffing or batter.

Organize Activities and Games

Games are also a must-have for any celebration involving kids. Avoid the battles over the remote control and make the television for music only (or football only) while kids’ games are organized in the yard (weather permitting) or board games are rolled out in the living room. This will help avoid the dreaded “I’m bored,” while keeping energy levels and moods up. This will also help to achieve the family bonding time with those out-of-town cousins and relatives that your kids may not see very often.

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