Seriously, how cute is this little turkey — don't you just wanna gobble him up? Yeah, me too, and so will your littlest Thanksgiving guests. Bake cupcakes the day before and have icing and small bowls of candy prepped so kids can start decorating their cupcakes as soon as the festivities begin. Get step-by-step instructions.
Kids will love helping to assemble this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought Colonists to the new world. It's a cinch to make and will definitely bring a boatload of fun to any Thanksgiving table. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Inspire Their Inner Chef
Kids love desserts and they also love to help out in the kitchen. Help them grow their culinary skills by whipping up one of our 35 fall-inspired dessert recipes together.
Easily turn a gourd, pipe cleaners and felt sheets into a cute character for your Thanksgiving table. Get crafting with the step-by-step instructions from our friends at HGTV Magazine.
Save kids from hunger and boredom while waiting on Thanksgiving dinner by setting up a fun snack-mix station where they can help themselves to a custom sweet-and-salty creation topped by their own artwork. Kids can munch on their custom mix during the Thanksgiving festivities or take their container home as a party favor. Get step-by-step instructions.
Put kids' natural love of scavenging outdoors to work. Have them hunt for acorn caps, then attach them to a basic napkin ring (check your local dollar store) for a cheap-meets-chic finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: Learn how to make the magnolia leaf charger shown here.
Give Them a Place of Their Own
Setting up a separate kids' table for Thanksgiving is as much a tradition as the turkey itself. Make sure their space is full of fun with a kraft paper tablecloth they can write on and small containers filled with art supplies like crayons, feathers, wood beads and leather cording. Get more tips for setting up a kids' Thanksgiving table.
What's more fun than taking the kids for a nature hike on a warm fall day? While you're out, have them search for the prettiest fall leaves you can frame, then include them in a wall grouping with printed seasonal sayings. See 8 more easy ways to deck out your walls for fall.
No Centerpiece Necessary
Get kids to help you beautifully bring the outdoors in by tying real or faux fall leaves onto fishing line. Attach the leaf streamers to the ceiling or light fixture above your dining table to re-create the effect of falling leaves. Get more tips for re-creating this look.
Stack a Pumpkin Topiary
Just a few materials and less than 30 minutes are all you and the kids need to create an elegant pumpkin topiary that will last throughout the fall season. Get stacking with our step-by-step instructions.
Turn giving thanks into a game. Print out our free template, attach to twine and ask your guests to anonymously write down what they're thankful for then take turns reading the sentiments aloud during dinner and guessing who wrote them. Get step-by-step instructions for creating the paper chain.
Craft a Glittering Banner
Kids love glitter (really, who doesn't?) but it can be messy, making these glammed-up chipboard letters a great project for older children. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Buck round-wreath tradition and mix it up this year with a square wreath made by cutting florist foam into a window-frame shape then covering the foam with raffia and mini Indian corn. Get step-by-step instructions.
Whip Up an Easy Banner
Print our free template onto card stock, cut out the letters then attach them to strips of burlap for a rustic banner you can display anywhere.