Forget making nice with your in-laws - the hardest thing about the holidays is getting the kids to sit still at a family meal. Here, engaging ideas we'd like to put on the table.
Crayons and paper tablecloths do the trick in restaurants. This Thanksgiving, try it at home. A 40-inch craft paper runner is printed with owls, turkeys, and leaves just waiting for little hands to fill them in.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, $15.
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Everything is illuminated thanks to a set of six red, pastel, or rainbow DIY beeswax sheets and wicks. Kiddos roll the professional-looking pillar candles; you use them to light the meal.
Available at novanatural.com, $19.
Your elves want to help, but the last thing you need before company arrives is a mess. Set them up with artist Ellen Giggenbach's paper sculpture kits. Bright, beautiful, and easy to assemble, the finished product doubles as a centerpiece or buffet table decoration.
Available at etsy.com, $12-$15.
If they devour their food before you've finished the salad course, set kiddie spots with paper placemats that double as an activity. The 25-sheet pad offers a variety of soon-to-be disguises that kids color in and pop out - while you enjoy your croutons.Available at mysweetmuffin.com, $28
A DIY felting wool acorn kit adds a whimsical touch to your Turkey Day table. Place one acorn on each plate or collect them in a glass bowl for an eye-catching centerpiece.
Available at etsy.com, $20.
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