The Children’s Table

One of my favorite traditions for Thanksgiving is the Children’s Table. It’s a table decorated just for the youngest members of the family – say 10 years old and under. In our house, Thanksgiving Dinner takes place around three or four o’clock in the afternoon. Needless to say, if the kids are not occupied with activities, waiting for dinner to be ready can be a challenge!

At the children’s table, I like to provide activities, decorations, and more just for the kids! Here are some ideas you might like to use:

  1. Cover the table with brown paper (such as paper grocery bags cut up or packing paper) and provide crayons for the kids to decorate their “tablecloth.”
  2. Have the children make the center piece, place cards, and napkin rings. Then, they can help set their table and make it pretty!
  3. Provide Thanksgiving coloring sheets and crayons or markers.
  4. Offer easy to assemble crafts such as Pilgrims hats and Bonnets or Native American Headdresses.
  5. Have the children decorate place mats that you print. Cut them out and glue to orange or brown construction paper. Then decorate the table with them.
  6. Make fun turkeys for kids to take home after dinner is over.
  7. Don’t forget to provide some fun desserts for the kids, too!

Make this Thanksgiving a day the kids won’t forget!

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Melissa Ringstaff

Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor’s wife, serving with her husband in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. She is a homeschooling mother of five plus four and Grandarlin’ to 14 (so far) grandchildren. Melissa has been blogging at A Virtuous Woman since 2001. She has written several titles including Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home, The Homemaker’s Journal: Keeping House, and Christmas ADVENTures in Prophecy.

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