Thanksgiving. The prelude to Christmas. The Holidays are in full swing right around the week or two before Thanksgiving. When I was a kid I wanted to to be a part of the Holiday so bad. My parents did a good job at including us in the baking of the meal as much as they could but some times little hands can make things more difficult and stressful for the chefs.
With a little planning you can involve kids of any age as you plan for your Thanksgiving Holiday. Browse through my list of top picks for Thanksgiving Decor that kids can help with and you might find yourself inspired to try something new that your kids will remember for years. I tried to keep everything as simple as possible because… well it is just easier that way! Enjoy!
Those Tiny Toes Turkey Placecards
Make your own place settings with paper plates or bowls, leaves and markers and/or crayons.
Little hands make the cutest turkeys and keepsakes for you and/or your guests should they choose to take them home. If you don't want to deal with the mess of paint find a brown stamp pad with washable ink.
Personalized "So Thankfiul" Tablerunners from Shutterfly $35.99
This would take some planning in advance. Let your kids help you choose their favorite pictures from the year and order a table runner for your Thanksgiving Table. This would be a great conversation piece and something your family could enjoy all month long. For all of you creative types out there I'm sure you could fashion something like this yourself with photo transfers. This would also make a great hostess gift if you are visiting family for the holiday. Grandma would LOVE it am I right?
DIY Corkboard Leaf Trivets
Make leaves of all shapes and sizes to adorn your table. They look festive and do double duty as potholders. You can purchase cork at any craft store or even your local Walmart. Not talented enough to draw the leaves on the cork? Print off leaves from your computer and trace the ones you like. Cut them out and you are done.
Flaming Foliage Candle Holders
Send the kids on a scavenger hunt for leaves of all colors. Modge Podge or glue them to containers of your choosing for a fun fall centerpiece. You can find glass jars of all kinds at the dollar store if you don't have anything lying around to use.
Ship Shape Centerpiece
I LOVE this. So creative. My family always had nuts and treat cups around the holidays. Rather than making individual ones for each guest make a few of these large ships and place them along your table. Any square base you have would work. Add the sail from felt or paper, and place a bbq skewer along the back to hold it up straight. You could easily tailor this based on the supplies you have on hand. Fill with your favorite treats.
Send the kids on a hunt for branches that can be placed in a vase. Have them cut out leaves of all shapes and colors and glue them to the branches. You can either leave them plain as seen here or kids and adults can write what they are thankful for on each leaf and then attach it to the tree.
Country Living- Simple is Best
This table is elegant to me because of its simplicity. Its so easy to get caught up in making everything a huge ordeal adding much more than is needed. Here a simple branch on the plate adds color, is from nature, and the kids can be kept busy in the yard finding sticks that would work while you finish cooking. (For Sanitary reasons you may want to make sure you know where the kids found their sticks.)
Better Homes and Gardens-Lovely Leaves
If you are not loving the idea of putting sticks on plates see if the kids can find sticks with color on them and simply put them in a vase. The final product is gorgeous and it requires very little effort on your part.
Simply add feathers and a wooden spoon to your roll or bread basket. It is sure to leave everyone smiling.
Little fingerprints make the cutest turkeys. Similar to the handprint turkey mentioned above this little guy will have each guest chuckling as they find their place at your table. Simply add each guests name to the bottom of the card.
Turkey Nut Holder
From a cut up egg carton you'll need to add feathers and google eyes to your little turkeys. Markers will color the bottom of the turkey brown and the beak yellow. A red pipe cleaner adds the gobbler. Names on a toothpick are optional.