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One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the opportunity to spend extended time with friends and family. Being able to cook, talk, laugh, play games, and just be together can be so therapeutic, especially in the midst of our busy schedules. Thanksgiving reminds us of what is most important: love. I know that my early memories of being with family during the Thanksgiving season set the stage for my lifelong appreciation of the holiday. That’s why this is a great time to offer heartfelt gratitude for all the blessings in our lives, especially our little ones—who will absorb the examples we set for years to come!

Here are a few tips for making Thanksgiving fun and memorable for the kids in your life.

1. Include them in the preparations. Let them help with simple tasks, like setting the table with “thankful napkins.” Another fun idea is to enlist your little ones in writing guests’ names on Thanksgiving place cards. They’ll love seeing their own creations on the table!

2.It’s always nice for the kids to have their own section of the adult table, or their own kid-friendly table. Set out some fun activity pads or toys that’ll keep them occupied, entertained, and out of trouble while the adults are chatting.

3.While the grown-ups may be enjoying some wine, let the kids feel fancy too, by serving their beverage in these fun Thanksgiving cups!

4.Get everyone involved in a group game. A Thanksgiving bingo game is always a hit with kids. Not only will they have fun, but they’ll also get to burn off some energy before the big meal. Have them take lots of pictures with instant cameras, for instant gratification. Capturing the laughter and joy of the day is one of the best parts!

5.One easy and festive decoration is a Thanksgiving garland. All you need to make one of your own is some construction paper, scissors, and glue. Have your kids cut out turkey shapes, or any other shapes they like, then string them together with yarn. Voila! Hang the garland up around your house and enjoy!

Thanksgiving is a special time of year, and we should all take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for. We should also take the time to unplug from our regular routines and enjoy the company of our family and friends. There are so many simple ways to connect with each other and to make the day memorable for the little ones in our lives—not to mention, recapture some of our own child-like wonder in the process.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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