Looking for some simple ways your kids can help you on Thanksgiving? These 10 simple ideas will help you spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your family and friends. It’s also a great way to include your children in the day’s festivities and teach them the importance of working together. Even the youngest kids can help out with Thanksgiving dinner.

Have your kids make place cards to help on Thanksgiving

If your Thanksgiving Day table is a crowded affair, place cards can make things easier. Even the youngest kids can help craft cards out of construction paper, glitter, and other craft supplies

Compile a holiday cookbook

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting and fun and sharing favorite recipes. Put the kids’ computer skills to good use by having them compile a custom-made holiday cookbook. You can hand out copies when the meal is over.

These Interactive Thanksgiving Placemats and crafts are a fun way to engage your little ones at the table!

Time the meal prep

If your kids can tell time, then they can help you on Thanksgiving by timing the preparation of desserts, side dishes, and the main course. Just let them know how long each part of the meal takes to cook, then put their math skills to the test.

Have your child set the table to help on Thanksgiving

Your kids can set a great table; all they need to know is where the plates, dishes, and silverware are located. Even young kids can get in on the act, creating a beautiful setting for the Thanksgiving Day meal.

Create a centerpiece

A Thanksgiving table centerpiece is a great arts and crafts project and an excellent activity for the whole family. Just choose an age-appropriate design, stock up on supplies, and let your kids’ creativity shine through to get them more involved and help you on Thanksgiving Day.

Let this great list of activities be your guide.

Have your kids clean up on Thanksgiving

The hard part begins once the meal is over, and there is nothing wrong with asking the kids to chip in. From scraping the plates and loading the dishwasher to filling up the leftover trays, there are plenty of cleanup duties even the youngest kids can do.

Set up a snack table

Providing snacks is a great way to soothe those pre-meal hunger pangs, and your kids can help out with its creation. From choosing healthy snacks to attractively arranging the trays, there are lots of ways to help out.

Provide post-dinner music

If your child plays an instrument or has a lovely singing voice, why not let them show off their talents. A post-dinner concert is a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day.

Organize a post-feast game

Sports are big on Thanksgiving, and not all action takes place on TV. Pickup football games are an annual tradition for many families, and it is easy for the kids to get involved. Children can bring the sports equipment down from the attic or help to choose teams for the big game.

Set up the dessert table

A buffet-style dessert table is the perfect ending to a perfect meal, and the kids can help by cutting the pies and cakes and creating an attractive environment for your guests.

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is almost here, and it is time to start the planning. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, the help you need may be as close as your kids. Even if you think your children are too young to do any cooking or help out with meal preparation, there are things they can do to lighten the load and make your duties easier.

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