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Thanksgiving Family Fun

Try these ideas for getting the kids involved and making the most of your time together.

Easy Work for Little Hands

  • Let kids fold napkins, mix juice, or fill salt and pepper shakers.
  • They can arrange cheese and crackers or slices of pumpkin bread on a tray.
  • Ask the kids to hand you ingredients, or even help measure and pour.
  • They'll love rolling out leftover pie dough and cutting out shapes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake for tasty treats.

    While the Turkey is in the Oven

    1. Take some time for Thanksgiving crafts. Have kids cut out hand turkeys or use fabric pens to write what they're most thankful for on an inexpensive tablecloth.

    2. Get to know each other. Ask everyone to share a favorite childhood memory or read favorite Thanksgiving poems.

    3. Keep books with riddles and knock-knock jokes on hand for instant giggles.

    4. Have scrapbooks and photo albums handy. Encourage kids and grandparents to go through them together.

    5. Set out classic games like Scrabble, Twister, and checkers. Have Play-Doh for the little ones.

    6. Burn up energy with run-around games like tag and hide-and-seek.

    7. Hand out disposable cameras so kids can record their own holiday moments.

    8. Put kids in charge of welcoming guests and taking coats.

    9. Remember: Nothing beats an old-fashioned leaf fight.

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        Nov. 10, 2014 5:39 am
        Last year I traced my child's hand on construction paper and cut out several in different colors - one for each Thanksgiving meal guest. I wrote the name of a guest on each paper hand and handed them out randomly. Each guest was to write 5 things they appreciated about the person written on the hand they were given (one thing on each finger). In turn, each guest read what they had written about the other person. This was an encouraging and affirming activity for our family.
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