How-To Keep the Kids Busy While You Prep Thanksgiving Dinner

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Keeping the kids busy while you prep the house for Thanksgiving isn’t always easy. Instead of turning on the TV or setting up a video game marathon, try one of these easy options. Not only will the kids have fun, but you might even get a little help too!

Kitchen Helpers

Put your kiddo to work. The holiday meal prep isn’t just for adults. Even though your young child needs to stay away from anything sharp (such as kitchen knives) or hot (such as the stove), they can still do some of the Thanksgiving dinner preparation with you. Younger kids can mix, measure and stir — under your supervision, that is.

Menu Makers

Your child can help you to create menus to place on the Thanksgiving table. Write each featured item (such as the turkey, yams, cranberry sauce and so on) onto a piece of paper. Your child can trace over it and add their own creative drawings.

Table Setters

The kids can help you to set the table, putting out placemats, stacking bowls on top of dishes and folding napkins. They can even add place cards to each table setting.

Place Card Artists 

If you don’t already have place cards, your kids can help to make them. Spend a few moments (or more than a few) together, taking a break from the holiday meal prep. Fold a piece of card stock in half, making a tent. The kids can color on the front and you can write each guest’s name on the other side. Add holiday accents, such as craft feathers or fall leaves, too!



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