11.03.2009

The dreaded "Kid's Table" (i.e. Things to distract your little turkeys!)

Okay, can I just say that I hate the bad wrap that the "Kid's Table" gets at Thanksgiving.  My son never wants to stay at the kid's table (and who can blame him?)  He'll usually end up in my lap midway through dinner (he's 8....yes.....it's a problem).

This year, I will have a plan, yes I will.  The kids table will be so awesome even the adults will want to sit there.  I've been pulling some ideas together and here are all the things I'm pondering at the moment...

Use white or brown butcher paper to cover the kids' table.   Construct a marker or crayon holder using 1/2 a styrofoam ball (craft store) and construction paper to make a turkey or pilgrim.  Kids can create a Thanksgiving masterpiece while they eat!


(photo FamilyFun.com)

Or, use a mason jar tied with raffia to hold crayons...


(photo nofussfabulous.com)

Use a few crayons tied to the napkin with raffia for a cute kids' placesetting...


(photo nofussfabulous.com)

Or personalize their napkins with a pilgrim photo...


(photo Familyfun.com)

Create an awesome centerpiece they'll love to dine under.  Use a large golf umbrella.  Hot glue or velcro paper Fall leaves (cut out or premade) to create a leaf canopy.  Underneath, use fishing line to attach random leaves.  It will look like they are "falling" from the "tree".  To secure, place in a tall glass container filled with unpopped popcorn.


(photo Rachael Ray)

Here's a closeup of the base for the falling leaves centerpiece...


(photo Rachael Ray)

And there's scores of Turkey Day activity pages you can download and print.  I think I will make an activity book tied with raffia.  That'll keep 'em busy for awhile!  Here are some FREE downloads (click on the links)

So cute from BHG - An "About Me" page they can fill in and draw a self portrait...


A Thanksgiving crossword (BHG)...




A Silly Turkey placemat...


A pumpkin coloring page...


Good luck putting together your own Lil Turkey Table!






8 comments:

Beachbrights said...

What really cute ideas!

XOXO

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Beachbrights! I love your blog!! Thanks for following mine! I can't wait to start some of these new projects. I wish there was more time in the day *aaaah*

Kirsty said...

Oh my word what a wonderful collection of ideas! Thanks for following, I am so glad to have found your blog, its awesome.

Hayley said...

This is great stuff! I host Thanksgiving for around 40 guests every year! I'm going all out on the kids table this year! Thanks!

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