8 of the Cutest Ways to Keep Kids Busy on Thanksgiving

We've got go-to ideas for keeping the youngest party guests busy.

By: Foodlets

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On Thanksgiving Day, while in the midst of full-on dinner prep, I like to keep my kids busy in the kitchen but not underfoot. With the help of a grandparent or two, our little guys will have a ball creating at least one of these cute projects. They're so easy that the kids could tackle most on their own, but it’s always to have more hands involved on a day like this. (Not a fan of Thanksgiving Day projects? Feel free to start them a day in advance.)

Place Settings
Asking the kids to set the table may seem like a counterintuitive thing to do on Thanksgiving, but hear me you. All you have to do is tape a piece of kraft paper to your tablecloth, put out a few crayons or markers, then let them go to town on the cutest placemats ever.

Chocolate Turkey Pretzel Sticks
Whip up a dozen of these, throw them in a vase and you’ve got an edible centerpiece! 

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Ree Drummond’s Hand Cookies
Make the dough ahead of time (or start with store-bought!) to keep this project as simple as possible on the big day.

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Easy-to-Make Owl Crackers
The only thing better than a low-sugar snack for kids is a cute one they can make themselves!

Turkey Veggie Platter with a Tip for Better-for-You Dip
It’s the healthiest way to say Happy Thanksgiving, dinner will be ready soon!

Giada De Laurentiis' Thanksgiving Turkeys for Thanksgiving Sides as seen on Food Network's Giada at Home

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Giada’s Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
Got older kids on hand? These decadent cookies are perfect for kids who are up for a fun task.

Chocolate Cookie Acorns
How pretty would a collection of these look on a frosted layer cake?

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Nut-Free Cheese Ball
No worries for guests with allergies! This cheese ball skips the nuts entirely.

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This Thanksgiving, set the kids up with one of these fun projects. Little kids can roll cheese balls and cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and older kids can do more-complicated projects like creating a turkey-shaped veggie platter.