Thanksgiving at the Kids’ Table
Chef Sammy Mahmood
With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, it’s time to start planning for Turkey
Day! Check out our tips on getting little hands to help out with the feast.
Thanksgiving is a great holiday to get the kids into the kitchen to help cook — and
to learn how to host a house-full of guests. A few weeks before Turkey Day, have
the kids help you write up a game plan with these tips.
Talk to the kids about what foods their cousins and the other kids on the guest list
might like to eat. Write up a kid-friendly menu and check off who’s willing to cook
what. You may be surprised to hear that your 7-year-old wants to help make the
Plan Thanksgiving Games
Put the kids in charge of the Thanksgiving fun and games. Talk about games to play
before, during, and after the big dinner. Start with the classics — like a round of
family charades or a post-turkey touch football game in the backyard. Plan a few
thoughtful games, too, like a Thankful ABC game. Check out our collection of fun
kids cooking games!
Decorate the Kids’ Table
Put the kids in charge of making the kids’ table feel festive. They can make paper
name tags for all the kids at the table. Help them turn pine cones and other nature
finds into a centerpiece. Don’t forget candles and cloth napkins!
Enjoy Turkey Day!
Once your friends and family arrive, encourage your kids to be gracious hosts.
They can offer to take their grandparents coats and hang them up. And ask aunts
and uncles and other relatives questions (and don’t be shy!). Thanksgiving is a great
time to connect with family.