Thanksgiving break is a time to be with family and share what you are thankful for, and all children want to be involved in the festivities. If you are busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast, keep the kids involved in all the fun by creating things for the Thanksgiving dinner table and the guests that are going to be there. This will keep your kids quiet and allow you to finish what needs to be done before the guest arrive.
Allow the kids to create a centerpiece for the dining room table. Buy several gourds and mini-pumpkins and let the kids decorate them with glitter and paint. Get creative there are so many ways to decorated these; if you don’t have glitter and paint just use markers. These will make both a creative and beautiful family centerpiece for the Thanksgiving dinner table.
This works best only if you know exactly who is going to be at your Thanksgiving dinner. Let your kids decorate a placemat for each individual who is expected to come. They can write their names on them and draw any design they wish as long as it pertains to Thanksgiving. The placemats can just be a simple piece of construction paper with crayon and marker drawings for each individual.
Gather several pinecones, trace your kid’s hands, cut them out and glue the hands to the pinecone as the turkey feathers. More than likely your children have made these in school and are very familiar with this project. These pinecone turkeys make great centerpieces as well.
Pilgrim and Indian Head Pieces
Use construction paper to create a headpiece for each guest that will be arriving to your Thanksgiving dinner. Let your children choose who will be Indians and who will be Pilgrims. For Pilgrims just cut a top hat from black construction paper and staple it to a strip of paper, then staple the strip of paper in a circle, to be place on the guests head. For the Indians draw a feather, cut it out and place it on a strip the exact same way you did the Pilgrim hats. Place these hats on top of the placemats you’ve created.