6 Ways to Make the Kids' Table Fun

Forget the turkey, the real undertaking at a Thanksgiving feast is keeping the little ones entertained. Keep them smiling throughout the holiday with these creative ideas.


We have ideas for the adults' table too. Check out: Festive Thanksgiving Table Ideas


1. Ship Race


Ship-race game from One Charming PartyShip-race game from One Charming Party
Kids will have a blast (and a friendly competition) with this homemade ship-race game from Brittany of One Charming Party. The miniature Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria are constructed from painted milk or orange juice cartons-and propelled by balloons!

Complete How-To: Ship Race



2. Cake Pops

Cakepops from bakerella.com
Turn these popular treats into an adorable gaggle of gobblers. Angie from Bakerella.com created these turkeys using snacks such as caramel-dipped candy corn (for feathers) and coated espresso beans (for faces).

Complete How-To: Turkey Cake Pops

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3. Thank-You Tree

Thank-You Tree from Frog Prince Paperie.
Remind the kids that the holiday is about more than food and football with this pretty paper tree from Frog Prince Paperie. Guests can write down what they're grateful for on a paper leaf and tie it on a branch with ribbon. By the end of the evening, the kids' table centerpiece will be emboldened with fall colors and personal touches. (Tree of Thanks, $5; etsy.com)

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4. Paper Turkey

DIY paper turkey from One Charming Party
Take turkey to a whole new place with brown paper bags
-fashioned to mimic a traditional Thanksgiving bird, but filled with popcorn! This clever craft from Brittany (of One Charming Party) even includes cute little drumstick frills.

Complete How-to: Paper Turkey


5. Chalkboard Placemats

Chalkboard placemats from pocketfulofdreams.co.uk
These mini chalkboards from pocketfulofdreams.co.uk double as namecards-and just might inspire an impromptu art show after dinner. Don't forget the chalk!

Complete How-To: Chalkboard Placemats


6. Treat Bags

Corn treat bags from One Charming Party
This fun craft, devised by Brittany from One Charming Party, may look like corn on the cob-but rip open the yellow paper to reveal any manner of goodies (think: stickers, candy necklaces, etc).

Complete How-To: Treat Bags




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