Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving

Written by Selena of How About Cookie

Kid-Friendly ThanksgivingBetween the big feast, luscious desserts, and tons of time with friends and family, Thanksgiving has kid-friendly written all over it. Here’s a way to make it a kid-friendly Thanksgiving; invite your littles into the kitchen and make some easy, fun food art together.

Turkey Plate

This turkey plate is a great way to get them snacking on veggies. I used this adorable Thanksgiving Cupcake Kit to bake muffins, the centerpiece of this food art. You’ll need 4-5 rainbow carrots, white chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips (or store-bought candy eyes), and your favorite muffin or cupcake recipe. I used this Best Ever Pumpkin Muffin recipe—hard to beat a name like that.

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 1Start by peeling your carrots and slicing them in half, lengthwise. Trim them all to the same length, then slice the sides so they taper to a pointy tip. Arrange alternating colors on a plate as turkey feathers—this is when even the smallest of hands can help.

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 2Now for the eyes: Warm a small saucepan over high heat for a few seconds, then turn off the heat. Hold a mini chocolate chip, point down, just enough to melt the tip; stick it on your white chocolate chip and let cool. Repeat to make a second eye. Gently push these into your muffin. Cut a small triangle from a carrot scrap to make the beak, and if you’re feeling extra crafty, use kitchen scissors on an apple peel to cut a wattle, i.e. that red hanging thing. (Thanks, Google!) Balance the muffin on top of the carrots.

Turkey Leg

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 3This turkey leg plate is inspired by the clever Pull Apart Poultry toy. All you need is a red pear and string cheese. Cut your pear in half; set aside. Cut a piece of string cheese about 1/3 the length, then cut two more short pieces—each the height of your first. Have your child use a round measuring spoon (1/2 teaspoon-sized or smaller works best) to carve away the bottom corners of your long string cheese. Ask them to assemble the “turkey meat” and “bone”. Done!Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 5

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 6Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 7Happy Turkey Day, and have fun playing with your food!

Selena Kohng is a mother of three and gets way too excited about kids’ products and good design. She posts fun food art, bento meal ideas, and general crafty things on her Instagram account and on her blog, How About Cookie.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving CupcakesIt’s time to gather up the family and embrace the season and spirit of Thanksgiving! I’m capturing the essence of the season by creating these charming Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes. You’ll need cake mix in your favorite flavor (and the ingredients listed on the box), white frosting , orange and yellow sprinkles, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, and fudge stripes.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes SuppliesFirst, prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Line the cupcake tins with liners of your choice, festive or simple! Fill each liner about 2/3 full and bake according to the directions on your cake mix box. After the cupcakes have finished baking, let them cool for 10-15 minutes.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 2While the cupcakes cool, use frosting to “glue” a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup to the center of the bottom of a fudge stripe. Create your own frosting bag by using a plastic baggie and scooping a small amount of the white frosting into the bag, then snip small section off of the corner. Squeeze the frosting out of the hole and pipe around the base of the mini Reese’s cup to add the finishing touch on the hat.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 3After the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost each and add sprinkles to the tops. Place the pilgrim hat on the cupcake to your liking (we angled ours on the side!) With a season meant for being thankful, your friends and family will definitely be thankful for these delicious and festive treats!

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 4Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decor

Post written by Paging Supermom

 

Hosting Thanksgiving is so much fun, but it’s also a crazy bunch of work. We are here to help get the kid friendly Thanksgiving table decor checked off your to-do list, and also to convince you to use our favorite Pumpkin Pie shortcut. Shortcuts not for you? Then don’t miss this killer recipe for the easiest, homemade Pecan Pie.

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decor We have been known to cringe at store-bought decorations but count on Land of Nod to provide the kind of details you’d expect from something homemade, like those real string bows on the pilgrim’s bonnet in this Thanksgiving Cupcake Kit. We used the liners and toppers to make our Cornbread Muffins more festive (click here for our favorite Cornbread Muffin Recipe).

We adore all the details of the Land of Nod Thanksgiving Decor Collection, including the foil-stamped, gold accents.

The Thanksgiving Mini Garland looks adorable strung together with a couple of Orange Circle garlands. Land of Nod offers these geometric felt garlands in a variety of colors, and they are super handy to have tucked away in your party box.

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decor - 2Set the kid’s table with our free printable Graph Paper Tablecloth and the Chalk Around the World Globe is the perfect, interactive centerpiece for your kid friendly Thanksgiving table decor. Get the free download of these Atlantic Ocean Placemats then add sails to straws (using this free template) to turn cups into boats. There is also a spot on the placemats where children can write what they are thankful for.

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decor - 3It’s always a good idea to have a few activities to keep little hands busy on Thanksgiving Day. These Pilgrim Cookie Cutters and a set of playdough will do the job quite nicely.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Cookie CuttersYour little ones will also get a kick out of taking turns being the chef as they assemble this pretend turkey. Be sure to snag this adorable Pull Apart Poultry toy, and download our free printable Turkey Platter and Garnish.

Kids Play Food: Thanksgiving Turkey

Kids Play Food: Thanksgiving Turkey - 2Before or after dessert, serve up a little educational fun with a homemade Fraction Pie. Print our free Fraction Pie templates on cardstock and cut out the pieces. You may wish to laminate for added durability. We used a recycled pie tin to hold our pie pieces.

Kids Thanksgiving Activity: Make A Fraction PieWant more? Head here for more free printables and family-friendly Thanksgiving ideas.

Paging Supermom is written by “Sometimes Supermoms” Aimée and Bettijo, and came to be after many discussions with each other sharing their best insights on homemaking, parenting, party planning, teaching, playing and sometimes simply surviving. They soon discovered that although they can’t claim to be super all the time, each had their own moments. By sharing successes (and some of the funny moments when they fell flat on their faces), they hope to inspire others to find their inner superhero a little more often.

Creating A Thanksgiving Kids Table

Post by Suzanne, a contributor to Not So SAHM

Creating A Thanksgiving Kids TableNow that Halloween has passed and we’ve entered the month of November (how did that happen so quickly?), it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving happens to be one of my favorite holidays — getting family together, focusing on all the things in my life for which I’m thankful, and the food, the amazing food! — all of it just makes me so happy. While this holiday is one of my favorites, it doesn’t really capture the kids’ excitement the same way Halloween, Christmas or Easter do. I’m sure the lack of candy and gifts have something to do with it. But, I think it’s so important for them to realize that they don’t need all of those things to make this a fun and wonderful holiday. So, with a little help from the Meri Meri Thanksgiving party collection, I created a simple and fun Thanksgiving kids table that anyone can put together in a snap.

Creating A Thanksgiving Kids Table - 3Creating A Thanksgiving Kids Table - 5My favorite item from the collection is the “Be Thankful” garland. Not only does it reiterate the message I want my kids to get out of the day, but it comes with enough leaves and string to make a nice long garland. In fact, there were so many leaves that I decided to make mini garlands on the back of the kids’ chairs with the extra. Creating A Thanksgiving Kids Table - 9

Because I think the key to creating a good Thanksgiving kids table is to provide entertainment, I also made some cinnamon-scented playdough to keep the kids entertained after dinner. I set out some of the Meri Meri Thanksgiving Cookie Cutters for the kids to use with playdough and continue imaginary play while the adults linger at the table talking. I hope to use them at some point to make cookies as well, but I have yet to master cookie decorating, so I’ll keep them in the playdough category for now!

In addition to the Meri Meri Thanksgiving products, I hand stamped white paper napkins and then folded them into little pockets to hold the disposable bamboo cutlery. Stamping napkins has quickly become one of my favorite ways to do quick and inexpensive personalization. Stamp them with a symbol, initials, or a phrase. Any way you stamp them, it looks cute and it’s so easy!

Happy Turkey Day prep!

Suzanne is a mother of two little boys and loves celebrating the little things in life. When she’s not chasing after said boys, she enjoys pursuing her passion for interior design, graphic design, and photography. She contributes to our pal Rebecca’s kid-friendly project blog Not-So-SAHM.