I started by covering the table with a roll of kraft paper. It’s nice and thick, so it will hold up to whatever the kids can dish out, plus they can draw on it. Then I created some printable “modular” place mats. The last thing I need right now is one more errand, so these place mats needed to be something I could do at home without running to the copy center for a large print. I made a variety of activities that work for a range of ages–everything from simple coloring activities to scrambled words and the good ol’ fashioned thankful list for older kids. I even threw in a couple silly jokes for good measure.
So just hop over to my blog and download the printables. Then let the kids choose the activities they want, cut them out and tape them to the table cover. I used Nod’s Archery Garland, as a table runner, and the I Could’ve Bin an Art Caddy to hold utensils and crayons.
The Junior Lumberjack blocks, though, really steal the show. They’re my favorite part of the table. They’re measured to specific thicknesses and heights, so building with them is super easy. My kids play with them every day, and it’s fun to see all the imaginative things they build with them. I created little place card stands out of the blocks, and I figured the kids will probably want to build with them while they’re waiting for the food…so these block are a triple win in my book: fun, functional, and adorable!
There you have it! Raid your kids’ rooms, and your craft stash for decorations, print out my modular place mat activities, and you’re all set. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!