Easy ways to entertain kids while your making Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving is an incredible holiday spent with family, a lot of good food, and fun. But making the food can be a very different story. Those that have or have had younger children know how hard it can be to entertain kids while preparing a feast.
Turn on the Thanksgiving Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a great way to keep your kids entertained for hours. They can watch and see all of the amazing floats and performances. It is also a great way to keep the tradition alive, as you probably watched the parade growing up. There are also smaller parades that take place all around the country, do a little research and see if one is taking place near you, if one has your partner or maybe even grandparents take the kids.
Have them help in the kitchen
Kids love being able to be helpful, and there are many little ways kids can help you prepare the dinner. They could mash the potatoes, mix the salad, clean up, or even frost some cookies (maybe even eat a few). These activities are super easy and they do not require any major supervision so you can still be preparing the main parts of the meal.
Play a holiday movie
There are a variety of holiday movies that children love. There is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving which is a classic, and a tradition for many families. Many services also offer Thanksgiving movies that kids will love. If you’re not opposed to the idea of Christmas things before Thanksgiving play a Christmas movie and get the kids excited for the upcoming holiday.
Have them play outside
Getting the kids outside and having them get all of that excited energy out of their system is a great way to keep them occupied and calmer during the meal. But this only works if the weather is good, or at least not snowing or raining. If the weather is nice but cold be sure your kids are wearing jackets, hats, and gloves so they will not be cold.
Get some Thanksgiving crafts
Kids love making crafts, it can entertain them for hours. These crafts can also be used as decorations. Kids will be so proud and happy to see their art used to make the meal even more enjoyable.
All of these ideas are a great way to keep kids entertained and out of your hair. Those of us who perform Mommy Makeover Utah want you to have an amazing Thanksgiving!