Keeping kids busy for Thanksgiving

While preparing the Thanksgiving meal, let the kids choose a few of their favorite movies to watch while everyone is busy. Be sure to have some snacks readily available.

Baby’s First Turkey Dinner

For Baby’s First Turkey Dinner, run a little bit of turkey and sweet potatoes or squash through a food mill. Mix the turkey blend with applesauce until the desired consistency is reached. If your baby is old enough, add a little cranberry sauce to the mix.

Get involved in setting up for the holiday

Encourage everyone to get involved in setting up the holiday spread and take pride in creating a beautiful display. Ask kids to contribute to Thanksgiving table decor.

Rice Crispy Treat Turkey

Get ready for the Thanksgiving season and make Turkey-Shaped Rice Crispy Treats.

Feed the kids first

On Thanksgiving, feed the kids first! The last thing you want is to have to get up constantly while you are eating to supervise.

Give kids a job for Thanksgiving

Make the kids feel special and ask for their help setting the dinner table for Thanksgiving. This will give them a role to play in the festivities and keep them occupied.

Start the Thanksgiving day right

On Thanksgiving eve have your kids write out thank you notes to each of their siblings the night before and leave them at each person’s table-setting for breakfast.

Thanksgiving activity

Make a card for each family member that will be your guest for Thanksgiving this year. On each card, tell that person what you love most about them, and why you are thankful for them.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thinking of attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? It starts at 77th St., and heads south along Central Park West.

Shapes and colors on Thanksgiving

Talk about the colors on the Thanksgiving table: Orange sweet potatoes, green peas and red cranberry sauce.

Viewing area for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

One of the favorite viewing areas for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is along Central Park West, between 66th and 77th Streets.

Thanksgiving prep activity

While turkey is in oven, encourage kids to keep track by comparing time passed on oven timer to that on a clock; to reinforce time-telling

Photos and Thanksgiving

Encourage kids to bring a change of clothes so they can ‘relax’ after Thanksgiving pictures. Take pics ASAP to avoid stains on white shirts

Stuffing the turkey with kids

Let the kids take turns stuffing the traditional bird. It’s messy & most of the stuffing may end up on the floor, but the kids will remember

Creating a Thanksgiving memory

Designate a tablecloth for family Thanksgiving celebrations. Use fabric paints where guests can record their ‘gratitude’ for the year ahead

Photos on Thanksgiving

When taking photos of Thanksgiving, the key element is to capture the spirit of the occasion, that of family and togetherness

Baby’s first Thanksgiving dinner

For baby’s First Turkey Dinner, run a bit of turkey & sweet potatoes through a food mill. Blend with applesauce for the desired consistency

Building Thanksgiving Confidence

Ask your child to help you set the Thanksgiving table, showing you value his help. This will help to build his confidence and self-esteem.

Thanksgiving Craft

A popular craft that offers Thanksgiving fun for toddlers is the stenciled hand turkey! Simply trace his or hand on a piece of white or colored paper, and allow your child to color it. You can make a mobile, with dangling turkeys that each have an “I’m thankful for…” message.
From: Babyminestore.com

Cooking with your Toddler

When preparing for Thanksgiving allow your child to help measure, mash, bake and cook some of the dinner dishes with you. This will help your child develop math and manipulating skills, as well as the knowledge of temperatures.