An awesome Thanksgiving kids’ table should be big enough to fit all the little ones in the family. For many families, a simple card table might be able to seat everyone. If not, consider putting multiple small tables together or getting special kids’ furniture that seats your kiddos comfortably. Be sure to get a sturdy table that’s easy to clean and has plenty of room for plates and cups.
If you get a kids’ table for Thanksgiving, be sure to find chairs that match it. Tables for kids are often low to the ground, standing somewhere between 2 and 3 feet tall. Low chairs to match their table will feel more welcoming and put the kids at the right height for mealtime. Add some fun Thanksgiving table decorations by creating handwritten place settings or attaching fall-patterned ribbon to the back of the chairs.
Making a mess during dinner is an unavoidable part of being a kid. Instead of sacrificing your nice cloth tablecloths or placemats, opt for paper or plastic options instead. Butcher paper is one alternative that’s just as effective at blocking messes, and kids can have fun drawing on it while they’re waiting for dinner to start. You can also find festive Thanksgiving-themed plastic tablecloths that you can easily dispose of or clean off and save for next year.
Click here to download your own printable paper placemats complete with Thanksgiving activities.
Plastic Plates and Flatware
Some toddlers and young children may not be ready for metal cutlery, so have plastic forks, knives, and spoons ready for them to use. Plastic dinnerware will keep them safe and your holiday plates in one piece. For any picky toddlers, look for plastic plates with separated sections to keep food from touching. You can also find Thanksgiving plates for kids made of durable plastic that you can keep for the next Thanksgiving celebration.
Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Activities
Kids can get antsy while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner. Keep them occupied with Thanksgiving crafts and free printables that they’ll love. Projects like puppets, paper Mayflowers, and even Thanksgiving trivia can keep them busy for a while. Kids of all ages will enjoy filling out mad libs and coloring pictures while you cook. Download and print this activity-filled placemat or make one of your own.