Looking For Ways To Keep the Kids Entertained at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Party?
Are you hosting a Thanksgiving party and wondering how to keep the kids happy and entertained during dinner? Here are some great ideas.
Preparation is the key when it comes to keeping kids entertained. You could put together some activity bags and place them under each child’s chair. Fill them with things such as crayons, coloring pages, stickers and paper. When the child gets restless they can choose something out of their bag to do. Alternatively you could cover the kids table with butchers paper or kraft paper and leave some crayons and markers in a jar on the table. Encourage the kids to create a masterpiece if they are getting bored.
Have a Prize
Once all the kids are seated, tell them you have a prize for anyone who sits politely at the table until dessert. These prizes could be things like a deck of cards, a fun thanksgiving pen, fall printables, coloring in sheets
Enlist the Help of the Teens
If you have a kids table, ask a couple of the teens to sit with the younger kids. You may like to offer an incentive to the teens such as some pocket money or a day off their chores. The younger kids will feel included by having the teens with them and it will also give the teens a job.
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Put Them in the Spotlight
Ask the kids to perform a short show before dinner. This could be a couple of magic tricks, singing a song or a short dance. The kids will love to perform in front of their families and friends. After this excitement they should be able to sit through the dinner
Make Them Feel Special
You could get some of the older kids involved in some of the preparation of the meal. Alternatively they could even play waiter and bring out the bread or pour the drinks. If they help prepare the meal, be sure to acknowledge their efforts and tell your guests that you had a special helper.
Stretch – Get Them Moving
If you see some children fidgeting or having a hard time sitting still, you could allow them a mini break from the table for a stretch. Perhaps they could walk around the main table 2 times then back to their seat. This should be just enough of a break to allow them to continue sitting nicely at the table. Or send them on a quick run in the leaves, this will sure to burn off some energy.
Keep the kids busy after dinner by asking them to help clear the table. Most kids love to pretend to be a waiter, so give them a job and tell them to use their best ‘waiter’ manners while they clear away the main meal dishes and prepare the table for dessert.
The kids will probably be finished dinner and dessert before the adults are ready to leave the table. Allow them to head into another room and play a few games while they wait for everyone to be ready. This is where having teenagers to help supervise comes in very handy. Set up some card games like Go Fish, charades, Treasure Hunts, Scavenger Hunt and