Hi there! It’s Erin popping over again from The Organized Life. I hope it’s not too early to share a Thanksgiving idea with you. I feel a little hypocritical doing this, because I’m the one who’s always complaining when I see Christmas ribbon for sale in June. I realize it’s only mid-October, but in the blogging world we like to get our ideas out early so you can actually use them if you want.
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. There isn’t a lot of stress outside of making sure the turkey is done on time; and my family has a multitude of traditions (of which my favorite is playing Mafia until midnight. We have my husband to thank for bringing this game of lying and deceit to our family gathering. Thanks Honey!)
When I was young, my cousins and I had a separate table set up just for us… in a separate room. We thought it was because we were too cool for the adult table, but now that I’m a mom, I realize it was so the adults could carry on a conversation for longer than 1.4 seconds. This year my kids will sit at the “cool table”, and I thought it would be fun to create something special just for them.
Being a kid can be hard, especially when you have to wait for food to be ready and you’re starving! Literally. Starving. But have you ever noticed the state of hunger drastically decreases when entertained? I came up with these easy activity placemats they could work on while waiting for their
mashed potatoes and gravy turkey (All my kiddos hate mashed potatoes… what is wrong with them?).
I scoured the scrapbook paper at Michaels and found some cute stuff to create the placemats. There are a variety of ages in our extended family, ranging from 3 months to 10 years, so I came up with several activities to fit the age-range (okay, not for the 3 month old). Each little one will receive an age appropriate placemat.
I simply clipped out the activities and glued them to the “placemats” (AKA a piece of scrapbook paper). I also wanted to give them something to write/draw with, so I sealed an envelope, cut it in half, and glued it to the paper to create a crayon holder. In order to brighten up the envelope, I added a strip of decorative tape. I also found some decorative letters in the dollar section, and applied the first letter of each child’s name to the envelope, so the kiddos would know where to sit.
Since 2 and 3 years olds have an attention span of approximately 1.2 minutes… if you’re lucky, I used a roll of gift wrap as a table runner: white on one side (so they can use their crayons to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece once they’re
bored done with their placemat activities), and a burlap pattern on the other side to create a festive table setting during the meal.
Do you think the kids will let me sit at their table? Probably not, but they sure will have a lot of fun!
Thanks once again for letting me pop on over and share some ideas for your kids’ Thanksgiving table. I hope you all enjoy the upcoming holiday season!
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