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Keeping the Kids Table Happy
Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 23, 2010 @ 2:00 am In Christmas,Holidays,Memory Making,New Year's,Thanksgiving | 10 Comments
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.
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.
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 .
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