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Tips for Thanksgiving with Children

Thanksgiving is a holiday to celebrate family, enjoy a delicious meal and give thanks. A great way to spend time with your children on Thanksgiving is to get them involved in the process of planning and cooking a meal.

Here are some tips for getting kids involved and keeping them busy on Thanksgiving:

  • Have your children help plan the meal. Are there certain foods or desserts they would like to eat or help prepare? This can be especially helpful for picky eaters. If they help plan the menu, you can be sure there will be at least one dish on the table that they will eat. Get your kids involved in creating a shopping list for the ingredients.
  • Take them to the store with you. Kids may enjoy tasks like picking out produce, checking items off the shopping list or going on a scavenger hunt throughout the store to find certain items. Have them practice their math skills by finding the least expensive brand or calculating how much of a discount a coupon provides. Make sure everyone has had a snack before going to the store. This will keep everyone in a better mood and help reduce impulse purchases.
  • Get them involved in the kitchen. While children should not use knives or be near a hot stovetop, they can do smaller, safer tasks like washing vegetables, stirring ingredients together in a mixing bowl or kneading dough.
  • Have the kids set the table. In addition to helping them feel involved in Thanksgiving preparations, setting the table keeps children busy at the critical point when they start asking if dinner is ready yet. If you like, have them make place cards or a festive centerpiece.


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