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Posted by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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The hardest part of Thanksgiving with kids is keeping them entertained until the meal is ready. There's usually a long wait between when guests arrive and when the meal is served. For adults, that's precious time visiting with people you probably do not get to see much; for kids, it's "booorrrriiinnnnggg!"

Having a few fun activities for the kids helps keep them busy (which means less whining or running around like crazy people) and eases the boredom factor. The uncle and aunt we spend Thanksgiving with live on a huge wooded lot, so my uncle takes the kids out for a walk in the woods. Giving older kids jobs is also good....they like to help and it's not that hard to stir up stuffing or set the table.

Crafts are fun too: the one in the picture is one my family did. The kids drew and cut out turkeys, and then created a disguise for the turkey so he wouldn't get eaten on Thanksgiving (the green thing is a bush for him to hide behind). Another nice idea is a thankful tree: Put a tree branch in a vase and have kids cut out leaf shapes, then write something they are thankful for on each leaf. This can even serve as a nice centerpiece.

How do you keep kids amused during the wait for dinner?

by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Nora on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Cute ideas!!!
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by Rhiannon on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Cure. Thanks
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by Brian's Lil Vixen on Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:05 AM

We usually stay home. So they have their stuff around them...And my kids have always pretty much entertained themselves...

by Ruby Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Thanks for sharing! We usually have them play outside.

by Sarah on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM
We did craft kits from Oriental Trading Co a few years ago. This year I'm thinking of taking a few games with us.
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by Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

cute. my kids usually entertain themselves. this year i got them some giant mellissa and doug coloring pads and stickers.

by CeeCee on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

We watch the Macy's parade 

by Ruby Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

 Cute turkeys!  We usually bring covered dishes and eat pretty quickly after we arrive for Thanksgiving.

by Jen on Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM
Mine are sick so they just played and lazed around, i cooked, cleaned, did errands..the usual
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by Jane:) on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM
That's cute!
Mine are older so it really isn't an issue. My youngest helped me a lot today. He made the deviled eggs almost on his own!
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