How to Make the Kids' Table Fun

Keep the little ones entertained before, during, and after the big holiday dinner with these cheerful crafts and kid-friendly activities:

1. Make Tic-Tac-Toe Cookies

Finally, kids can play with their food at the table! Make this tasty game yourself-including the cute H and O pieces-using our simple sugar cookie recipe. (ABC Cookie Cutters, 3", $1.95 each;

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2. Create Holiday Crayons

Give new life to your stubby leftover Crayons by transforming them into fun holiday shapes. Let your kids help make them, then, when it's time to eat, cover their table with a paper tablecloth so they can use their fun new creations throughout dinner.

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3. Set Out Photo Booth Accessories

Prop the table with fun disguises, like these from Paper and Cake, that can be used in a "photo booth," as featured on the blog Hostess with the Mostess. The kids can entertain themselves while Mom and Dad enjoy an after-dinner drink. (Holiday Photo Booth Props, $9.95 for a set of nine props;

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4. Fill out "Dear Santa" Letters

Place these fill-in-the-blank letters, made with a template from Crafty Carnival, at each plate, along with the festive crayons (number 2, above). Kids will go to work trying to convince Santa how good they've been this year!

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4. Ornament Centerpiece

From Hostess with the Mostess: Let the kids craft their own colorful centerpiece, using ornaments and craft-store supplies. They'll be proud to sit a table they helped decorate!

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