The Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

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You know how when you were a kid, “the kids’ table” was just a card table stuffed in the corner somewhere where they put all the kids? And it was such an honor to finally be old enough to sit at the “adult table?” Well, I’m going to give you some ideas to make your kids never want to leave their table! Read on for crafts, jokes, and cute decoration ideas…

Decorations:

Make your kids’ table the cutest you’ve ever seen! 

  • Create a table runner with butcher paper. Use leaf or pumpkin cookie cutters dipped in paint to stamp shapes onto the paper, like these! This would even be a good activity to let your kids help out! 
  • Use printable Thanksgiving coloring placemats – they look cute AND they provide an activity when kids are waiting on food! Find the free printable here
  • Make turkey treat bags out of tissue paper for each kid to take home! Find instructions and a free printable tag here.

Jokes: 

Print these on slips of paper and leave them in a jar for the kids to read to each other.

  • What key has legs and can’t open a door? A turkey!
  • What’s a turkey’s favorite dessert? Peach gobbler!
  • Why didn’t the cook season the Thanksgiving turkey? There was no thyme!
  • If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims!
  • What did the turkey say to the hunter on Thanksgiving? “Quack, quack!”
  • Why did they let the turkey join the band? He brought his own drumsticks!
  • What happened to the turkey that got in a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him!
  • Why shouldn’t you sit next to a turkey for dinner? He’ll gobble it all up! 
  • Why did the cranberries turn red? Because they saw the turkey dressing!
  • What do you wear to Thanksgiving dinner? A har-vest!
  • What’s the best thing to put in a pumpkin pie? Your teeth!
  • Why do pilgrims’ pants keep falling down? Because they wear their belt buckles on their hats!

Crafts:

Fill time with easy crafts so you can enjoy your dinner at the adult table! 😉 Make a few ahead of time as a sample.

  • All you need are some beads and pipe cleaners to make this Indian corn! Find the tutorial here.
  • Some fall-colored construction paper or cute patterned scrapbook paper would work just right for these paper fan turkeys! So easy! Find instructions here.
  • Print these gratitude chain strips on fall-colored paper for an easy activity. Kids can write what they’re thankful for on each strip, then tape (or staple, if you have an older kid helping) them together in a chain! Find the printable here

Hopefully these ideas will keep your kids occupied this Thanksgiving so that you get to eat your pie in peace. 😉

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