Kids love to help in the kitchen, and we love to have them with us! Thanksgiving is no exception. With family and friends coming over, the kitchen can get hectic. But where else do kids like to be but smack dab in the middle of chaos? Mine prefer to have lots of motion and activity so they fit right in with all the hustle and chatter. Me? Not so much. I get nervous I’ll trip over one or fear one will get burned on something. The best bet is to give the kiddos their own jobs and work stations. Keeping in mind I have a tiny kitchen and a dog already underfoot…..I have to designate areas for the littles to not get lost in all the festive action!
Keeping Kids Busy during Thanksgiving – Working in the Kitchen
- Salad – Washing vegetables and tearing lettuce
- Stuffing – Tearing bread and pouring in measured spices
- Green Beans – Pulling off the ends of the beans
- Mashed Potatoes – Using the masher
- Pouring Chips into bowls
- Arranging the Veggie or Fruit platters
- Stirring the dips
- Taking drink orders from guests
Make sure your kiddo is keeping their hands clean several times throughout their helping!
Keeping Kids Busy during Thanksgiving – Crafts and Games
Did I mention I also like to watch the game? Tasking these little ones with kitchen work is just the first step to having a successful Thanksgiving day. They also want to play! We are big on crafts and active play, but mom would like to sit out on the fun this time and watch the game. The crafts need to be easy for the kids to follow and do without needing assistance. The games also have to have a certain independence to them as well.
Set up a craft area, not just a table. I buy a couple plastic table covers from the Dollar Store and put one down to cover the floor then secure with painters tape. The other covers the table, also secured with painters tape. I have wet wipes and an “All Done” brush bucket to my paint brushes don’t get ruined from dried on paint. I also give the kids old tshirts to wear so they don’t ruin their outfits. I do get a little kick out of seeing my aunts faces as they approach the ever so dangerous craft table at my house! Yes, I have paints and glitter out for the kids to use as they wish, I’m crazy like that.
Here are some crafts found while Pinteresting for ideas….yes, it’s a verb.
If you don’t have time to go to UT to find Autumn leaves (trying not to sound bitter of our lack of falling leaves) then head to the trusty Dollar Store and pick up a strand. I cut ours down the middle. This is a great drawing activity and you’ll be surprised with what they come up with!
I’m not sure why I have a turkey baster as I don’t baste my turkey, I’m pretty sure I bought it with this game in mind! This site has several great ideas for fun games.
The first step of this craft from formulamom.com is to separate out the colors! My kids loved the idea of eating, I mean separating, the blues, purples, and greens. It definitely cut down on them eating the colors we wanted to use!