Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you have a Thanksgiving to remember.
Tree of Thanks. Draw a tree trunk and branches on sturdy poster board and hang it on the wall at an easy height for children to reach. Cut colorful leaf shapes from construction paper, and put them at each place setting for dinner. Ask your guests (kids included) to write down what they're thankful for. After dinner, let the children read the leaves and stick the leaves to the tree branches with adhesive glue dots.
Glam Up the Gourds. Gather a variety of squash and gourds. On a protected surface, let the kids decorate them, or fashion creatures with them, using paint pens, glitter pens, feathers, and other craft materials. Supply old shirts for kids to wear to protect their clothing.
DIY Placemats. If you have the room, set up a kid-sized table, cover it with white drawing paper, and set out boxes of crayons. Put a stack of cards face down on the table on which you’ve written ideas for drawings. Each child gets to draw a card and make the picture on the "tablecloth" as their own placemat. BHG.com has two free Thanksgiving coloring pages for you.
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Word Games. Write the words "Happy Thanksgiving" on a large piece of paper or dry erase board. Go around the room and have each guest contribute a word spelled from the letters in the phrase (make it a rule that words from adults must be 5 letters or more to keep the game going). Continue around the room until no one can think of another word.
Memory Card Match Game. Make a set of memory cards with Thanksgiving clip art images or stickers and cardstock. Make two matching cards for each image, then shuffle the deck and lay out the cards face down in a grid pattern. The youngest player goes first and turns over two cards. If they're a match, the player keeps the cards and takes another turn. If not, place the cards face down again and move on to the next player until all the cards are used up. Whoever makes the most matches wins the game.
Jigsaw Puzzles. Blank jigsaw kits from crafts stores provide the perfect creative outlet for kids during any holiday. Give them ideas for Thanksgiving-theme pictures and motifs, and let them create their own masterpiece. Once all the puzzles are done, have the kids trade puzzles and solve.
Find more free Thanksgiving games at BHG.com.
Get set for a very happy Thanksgiving!