If your kids are anything like mine, they always want to help. If you’re anything like me, finding ways for the kids to help with Thanksgiving dinner is a hard to solve problem. I don’t want them stirring or chopping when I’m not able to focus on them 100 percent. No burns or cut fingers on a holiday, thank you! So what’s the answer? Have the kids make cute finger puppet place cards for each person who will be eating dinner. It’s so simple you can have an older sibling or other family member keep an eye on the tots while you cook.
- First, have the kids draw a pear shape on a piece of construction paper.
- Then, in the pear shape, have them draw a picture of a person who will be eating Thanksgiving dinner. Instruct them not to draw legs on the person, though.
- Next, have them cut out the person. As you can tell by my pictures, an exact cut isn’t necessary. Your kids can simply cut along the pear-shaped outline around their drawing.
- Once the person is cut out, have an older child or an adult helper cut holes where the legs should be on the drawing. These will be the leg holes for your fingers to go through.
- After each puppet is finished, the kids can place the puppets at each guest’s seat. Did you notice that my finger puppet doesn’t have a name on it? That’s because I think it’s a fun game for guests to guess which puppet is supposed to be them. The kids will get a kick out of it, too.
So, this year when the kids hop up and down begging to help, send them off to create these fun little place cards and get the Thanksgiving cooking done whine-free.