3 Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained During Dinner This Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving day is full of entertainment for adults, it can be a tad uneventful from a child’s perspective. Most families let the kids play while the guests are arriving and the food is still being cooked. But once dinner is served, the children have to sit down to eat, and boredom strikes. Well, it doesn’t have to. Here are three ways to keep the kids entertained during Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. Indestructible Books (Younger Children) 

Amy Pixton is an author and creator who invented Indestructibles. These books live up to their title by being chew, rip and drool resistant. They are printed on recyclable, nontoxic paper and designed specifically for babies and children who make messes and explore new things (even books) with their mouths. Pixton’s Indestructibles are easily washable, making them perfect for little hands covered in Thanksgiving dinner remnants. Check out a few of the titles below:

  1. Activity Packets (All Ages) 

Just like at restaurants, kids can draw and eat. Before the big day, prepare some activity packets for your younger guests. Use the internet to find free printable resources they can complete without adult assistance. Before settling on your activities, consider the age of the kids. If they are pre-readers, skip pages with text instructions and provide self explanatory coloring pages, connect-the-dots and mazes. For older children, you can include brain teasers, word searches, madlibs, and holiday themed crossword puzzles. For both age groups, include blank sheets of paper for free draw to allow the children to express their creativity without limits. 

  1. Bracelets (Older Children)

The last option to keep the kids busy is to let them craft. With printed tutorials, and a little preparation, this entertainment option is doable, fun, and memorable. Start by collecting some bracelet craft supplies (tape, key rings, string, yarn,etc.). Next, prepare a couple of Ziploc bags of your materials to keep the bracelet kits together. Finish by laying them on top of the printed out instructions on how to make simple friendship bracelets. Remember to avoid materials that may be choking hazards, since smaller children may be present. 

Planning small activities to entertain the children keeps them content, while freeing the adults to fully enjoy their meals and conversations. When everyone at the table is occupied with age-appropriate entertainment, no one has to be frustrated or bored, resulting in a happier time for all. So, use these three ideas to bring peace to the table and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. 

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3 Ways To Spice Up Your Family Nights

With the school year back in full swing, schedules fill up faster and the to-do list gets longer. And consequently, scheduling some time for family activities is suddenly so much harder than it was during those blissful summer months. But don’t let family time take a backseat this school year. Instead, switch up your go-to family nights with something a little different and a bit more exciting.

Read some ideas to find out how you can spice up your normal family activities into family nights no one will want to miss.

Bring movie night outdoors

While the weather is nice enough, bring the cinema under the stars. Hold a family vote on what movie you will watch, and bring a T.V. onto the back deck. Place your lawn chairs in the shape of a movie auditorium and serve popcorn for the full experience. Better yet, if you have a pool, set up a projector screen and use floats instead of lawn chairs. It may take a little more effort, but your family will be talking about outdoor movie until the next time.

Make game night a little more competitive

A little healthy competition never hurt anybody. Next time you break out the board games for family game night, invite another family over to join in on the fun. Family friends, next-door neighbors, or the in-laws all make for a fun-filled night of competition. If you really want to go all-out, create a tournament system in whatever game you play to keep the fun going all night long.

Recreate the restaurant experience at home

Instead of going out to your family’s favorite restaurant, dine in at home. Assign different jobs to every family member so everyone is involved, and get creative with the menu! Create a restaurant experience in your home complete with a candlelit table and your nicest dishes. If you want to put in some extra effort, don’t skip out on dessert. Make-your-own ice cream sundae bars complete with all the toppings are always a hit!

Family nights can get a little repetitive if you do the same old thing every time. This school year put an exciting twist on your go-to family night activities. These spiced-up family nights will have your kids asking you to clear the schedule for the next one in no time at all.

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