These fun dinner table games and activities are the perfect way to keep kids entertained during Thanksgiving dinner or just a weeknight family sit-down!
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We all experienced it for ourselves way back when, and now we get to be on the observing end of the chaos that ensues at the kids table on Thanksgiving Day. Looking for activities to entertain kids at Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered!
1 || Place a large sheet of white or brown paper down on the table as a table cloth with a pile of markers in the center.
2 || Similar to above, add the blank paper table cloth. Draw a blank turkey template by each child’s table setting. Place a pile of craft materials (feathers, gems, stickers, macaroni, etc.) and glue sticks in the center and allow each child to decorate their own personal turkey.
3 || Place a scrapbook or photo album full of old funny photographs of the children and other familiar family members on the table and allow the kids to have fun looking through them, sharing stories, and passing them around. Or try one of these fun personalized games using old family pictures!
4 || Place a bag of mini marshmallows and toothpicks at the table and allow the children to work together to build a masterpiece like these beauties from The Artful Parent!
5 || You can never go wrong with a pile of picture books, coloring books, or Thanksgiving printable activity pages at the table (From KC Edventures)!
6 || If your older children have a rainbow loom, give them the challenge to create the world’s longest chain. Break them into teams if possible!
7 || Place disposable cameras at each child’s seat and set them loose to document the day!
8 || Encourage the kids to create a story, one word at a time. Give them a topic so they can gather their thoughts and then ask one child to start with just one word. The next child adds the next word of the story and so on until one sentence after another is formed, creating a silly, unique, and collaborative story! Too little to write? Try Storybook Drawing instead!
9 || Turkey and pilgrim finger puppets. Enough said. (From Raindrops Tops on Etsy).
10 || Give each child a straw and a pile of “turkey feathers”. Can they use their straws to suck up a feather and place it in a bowl? The first child to get all of their feathers in the bowl wins!
11 || Give each child a piece of white paper. Place a pile of crayons in the center of the table. Have each child draw and decorate their own personal picture. It could be a fabulous turkey, family portrait, or a picture of something they are thankful for. Next, have each child cut their picture into 5-8 pieces. The children can take turns swapping and putting each other’s “puzzles” back together.
12 || Check out this cute dinner table tic tac toe idea from Repeat Crafter Me. A super easy and fun way to keep little fingers busy!
13 || On the paper table cloth or blank paper, have kids trace objects they find on the table (silverware, plates, cups) or around the house. Then, challenge them to match the objects to the correct outlines, like a puzzle.
14 || This DIY miniature memory game from Danyelle at dandee would be fun to create ahead of time and set out as an activity at the kids table.
15 || Play “statue”. Designate the oldest child at the table to start the game, telling him to freeze like a statue at a random time during the meal (maybe as he’s taking a bite of food or a sip of his drink). See how long it takes the other children to notice and imitate the child’s frozen position. The game continues with the next oldest child at the table.
What are your favorite ways to keep kids occupied at the dinner table? Do you have some tried and true dinner table games to share? Leave them in the comments below!
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