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Keeping the Kids Table Happy

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I well remember those days of being relegated to the kids table at holiday events. I did not go quietly. (Sorry, Mom.) I was simply too hurried to grow up. And I balked at being considered small.

It wasn’t until I was no longer “a kid” that I appreciated those moments of being with the younger set. Sigh…. we’re never satisfied, are we?

There are a number of ways that you can help your children enjoy the kids’ table and the inevitably long wait until dinner is served.

Provide a craft

Provide a Project

Over the years we’ve done a couple bigger projects that involved adult help and supervision. One year we transformed a refrigerator box into a sailing ship. Our kids were into pirates at the time, but you could easily make your own Mayflower and provide hours of pretend play.

Another year we had a gingerbread house building contest. We provided boxes of graham crackers, frosting, and candy and divided into teams. The older boys men really got into the competition.

Provide a Game

If time allows, bust out the board games or decks of cards. Invite grandparents to join the kids for a few rounds of play. You could even try out Turkey Bingo from Make and Takes.

Provide a Snack

Food will keep children of all ages quiet for an extensive amount of time. Make sure the appetizers are age-appropriate (no choking hazards for babies) and allergy-safe. Consider a cheese and cracker plate, a simple vegetable tray, healthier spinach dip, or hummus and dippers.

Other ideas for keeping kids entertained during holiday events?

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  1. Send Grama or a “fun” uncle to the kids table too – it will surely keep them entertained!

  2. Also – one thing we always had a tradition of doing was putting the black olives from the relish tray on our fingers – endless fun! I miss that tradition now that I’m an expectant Mom.

  3. We have seven grandkids under five so for the past two years my mother has rented a huge bounce house/slide. Here in the sunny South we move the fancy table outside so we can take our time over dinner, and they have a blast all day. We even took pillows and blankets in there last year for the adults’ after lunch nap while the kids played around us. Super fun.

  4. Great ideas as usual! Can’t wait to make your healthier spinach dip!
    I made up some healthy turkey fruit snacks yesterday that would be a cute addition for the kids table.
    http://www.momendeavors.com/2010/11/turkey-fruit-snacks.html

  5. I will be serving cheese pizza on the children’s table this year. It will not be homemade and it will be delivered the night before. I read this on someone’s blog–it wasn’t even my own idea. And for this borrowed idea I am very thankful.

  6. Lots of nice ideas, but I just wanted to mention that the baby carrots in the photo are considered a major choking hazard. They are slippery and perfectly shaped to lodge into a little one’s airway. Thinly sliced carrot sticks are a better option.

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