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 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

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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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.

Keeping the tots busy

When preparing for Thanksgiving, let the kids choose a few of their favorite movies to watch while everyone is busy. Be sure to have some snacks readily available, or wait until after a meal is served, so they do not run in and out of the kitchen claiming hunger pangs.