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A Thanksgiving Childsetting

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

The Thanksgiving table is a really wonderful place for adults but can be a super boring for young children, and therefore stressful for parents. Here's an easy way to keep the kiddos entertained!

The last few Thanksgivings I can only remember struggling to entertain my son and much less about the food and company. If you're hosting, coming up with a child friendly place setting to entertain your young guests is a must and here's a fun one to put together with a few simple supplies.

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Supplies:

At least two pieces of fall-themed paper
exacto knife
cutting mat
package of colored pencils
print out of some images from clipart found on the internet to color. I picked a theme of 'What I'm Grateful For'
ribbon
glue
straight edge
pen
(optional) thanksgiving stickers
(optional) gold pen and popsicle sticks

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Start by measuring your colored pencil against the paper. Make a mark with a pen on the paper so you know the height you'll need to cut to cover the pencils.

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Cut, using that height as a guideline, a strip about 10 inches long. Trace and do the same on the other piece of paper (or more).

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Cut strips from each of your long pieces. The stripes should be about 1Ω wide if you are using standard colored pencils.

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Cut a few stripes in each color. This depends on how many bodies will be at the kid table!

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Add a bit of glue all over one strip and lay a colored pencil on top and roll.

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Smooth down any wrinkles or bumps and repeat on all pencils.

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Cut a nice long piece of ribbon to tie a bow

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

(optional) Use a gold pen to write each child's name onto colored popsicle sticks. Tie the pencils up with the ribbon and place the popsicle stick inside if you're using it.

A Thanksgiving Childsetting

Place the coloring paper under the plate and the stickers under the pencils. Now you've got a fun kid friendly place setting so you can enjoy dinner without having to entertain your kids!