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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

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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 [10] or decks of cards [11]. Invite grandparents to join the kids for a few rounds of play. You could even try out Turkey Bingo [12] 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 [14], healthier spinach dip [15], or hummus and dippers [16].

Other ideas for keeping kids entertained during holiday events?

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[6] turkey crafts and activities: http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/thanksgiving.html

[7] cute oreo turkeys: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2010/11/oreo-turkeys-and-cookie-pilgrim-hats.html

[8] a collection of crafty ideas: http://thehomespunheart.blogspot.com/2010/11/homespun-thanksgiving-for-children_5149.html

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[10] bust out the board games: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/3-classic-board-games-to-love.html

[11] decks of cards: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/3-card-games-that-rock.html

[12] Turkey Bingo: http://www.makeandtakes.com/play-a-game-of-turkey-bingo-this-thanksgiving

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[14] a simple vegetable tray: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/super-easy-veggie-tray/

[15] healthier spinach dip: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/11/healthier-spinach-dip-healthy-holiday-appetizers/

[16] hummus and dippers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STs0ftMHXA4

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