Whether you’re traveling for Thanksgiving or cooking dinner at your home, whether your kids have the whole week off or just a few days, half of the challenge of pulling off a successful holiday is keeping the kids busy. (at least until they’re old enough to peel potatoes)
To me, the perfect craft in this situation:
- is easy to mass produce
- uses supplies I have on hand, and
- needs little to no parental involvement
I think we hit the craft trifecta with this project – having kids color Thanksgiving placemats. There are lots of options on Pinterest for kids to list what they’re thankful for – I LOVE those, because there is nothing more adorable to me than little people’s handwriting and spelling. However, my son is in pre-K and still needs me to spell everything for him, one excruciating letter at a time, so those options don’t meet criteria #3.
The activity is simple! Just download the pages, print as many as you need, and set out crayons & markers. If you have an at-home laminator (and if you don’t, see below for my pick), laminate each placemat for durability. Make a set for Grandparents too – these are easy to pop in the mail. Heck, make a set for the neighbors, whether you know them or not. ANYTHING TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY.
ps. Seriously, get yo’self a personal laminator. I have one at home and at the office, and I use it all. the. time. I recommend this one for ease, portability & a great price. (affiliate link)