Let kids get involved with the Thanksgiving decorations this year by creating place cards for dinner guests. Not only does this solve the “Where do I sit?” issue, but children can create some fun, unique cards out of many materials they already have.
Turkey Place Cards
Fold a large index card or use card stock to make a simple place card. Children can use a brown marker to make a peanut shape in the middle, which creates a turkey’s body. A small orange nose, red wattle, and small googly eyes finish off the turkey body. For feathers, allow children to dip their thumb in red, yellow, and orange paint and make thumbprints that fan out behind the turkey. Finish it off with the diner’s name at the bottom.
Use Gourds to Make Name Cards
Invest in some small gourds for this year’s Thanksgiving table. Set a gourd on its side and this becomes the turkey’s body. Use paper, felt, or other craft supplies to create a turkey head which can be glued on the front, and trace a child’s hand and cut it out to attach to the back of the gourd for the feathers. Write each guest’s name on one of the handprints.
Photos Make Unique Place Cards
For a fun place card, find photos of the people who will be coming to dine for Thanksgiving and mount them on card stock. Kids won’t even have to put names on the cards; each guest can simply find his picture. For a fun ice-breaker game, find pictures of guests when they were children and have them try to figure out who is in the pictures.
Miniature Cornucopias for the Thanksgiving Table
Cornucopias often decorate the center of a table, but children can make miniature ones as place cards. According to Family Fun in “Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids,” children can use a sugar cone and write guests’ names on the side of them with frosting in a pastry bag. Then fill the little cones with fruit shaped candy for a whimsical and sweet decoration.
Pilgrim Hat Craft
Children can create a cute pilgrim’s hat for Thanksgiving place cards using small, terra cotta pots. Spray paint pots black and then cut a circle out of black paper or card stock about an inch bigger than the circumference of the top of the pot. Turn the pot upside down and glue to the circle and it becomes a hat with a brim. Use white paper to add a buckle, and a silver marker to write a name on the brim.
Turkeys, pilgrims, family, and friends are what Thanksgiving is all about. Get kids involved in the holiday decorating this year by providing materials for them to create place cards, napkin rings, or other crafts for the Thanksgiving table.