For the past few years we share Thanksgiving with my family, mother in law and sister-in-law’s family. During dinner to keep the children busy we usually have a few projects for them to do.
Thankful tree: My mother in law used to make this with her nieces, where you could hot glue branches in a terracotta pot, and have leaves cut out of construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown) where the kids could write 1 thing that they are thankful for on the leaf. With a hole puncher punch a hole in the leaves and give the kids put pipe cleaners to string and tie the leaves to each branch.
Otherwise, you could buy brown felt for each child, and cut out the trunk of the tree, and leaves in the same colors above in felt. (They would need fabric glue if you decide to use felt.)
Turkey Cupcakes: Make the cupcakes of your choice and you will need chocolate frosting, candy corn, red Fruit by the Foot,and M & M’s for the eyes. Give each child a paper plate with their name written on it with a Sharpie marker, few cupcakes (1 for each family member), a small cup of chocolate frosting, cup of candy corn for the feathers, a few blue or green M & M’s for the eyes, & Fruit by the Foot for the neck.
I always make a prototype for the kids to see, I frost the cupcake with the frosting, add 2 eyes, beak with 2 candy corn, turkey neck ruffled fruit by the foot, & feathers made from candy corn.
Holiday Ornaments: We usually go to Micheal’s Craft store (print out coupons online) and get holiday ornaments for Christmas or Hanukkah for the kids to do while the adults are finishing a course. I like the foam ones, for they are easy for most ages.
I also like to have crayons and paper at the children’s table, and play dough afterwards. It just takes keeping the kids busy ONE activity at a time which =’s an enjoyable dinner!