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.

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.

Talk about Thanksgiving with your child.

Talk about Thanksgiving and how people have been celebrating harvest time with a big feast for a long time. Talk about what you will do for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Craft

Make a thankful chain. Cut out strips in Fall colors and keep them out during the month and guide your kids to think of things they are thankful for (i.e. grandparents, food, sister, etc.) By Thanksgiving, you can have a large chain to reflect on. You can also have your guests help you do this on Thanksgiving.

Creating Holiday Potpourri

Make holiday Potpourri by punching holes in a couple of oranges with a fork and fill the holes with whole cloves. Arrange in a basket or bowl along with cinnamon sticks, rosemary, anise, & pine cones for a fragrant display.

Feeing tot

On Thanksgiving, don’t make tot wait until everyone sits down. If child is hungry, give them a snack. A hungry child equals a cranky child. source

Thanksgiving food

If your child doesn’t typically eat turkey & cranberry sauce, they aren’t going to start on Thanksgiving Make other food choices available. source

Bring the Spirit of Thanksgiving into Your Community

The story of Native Americans helping the Pilgrims survive in a new land is one that illustrates generosity and a sense of community.

Feed the kids first

Feed the kids first! The last thing you want is to have to get up constantly while you are eating to supervise their dinner.

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Buiding nap time into your schedule

For the Thanksgiving holiday, build in extra time for naps. Given the excitement of seeing cousins, grandparents, and uncles and aunts, most kids will take longer than usual to calm down.

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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 a while as they strive for perfection.

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