How do you feel about kids’ tables when it comes to holiday gatherings? Personally, I’m a fan of them. I love setting up a fun space for the little people in our family to hang out together, and to be honest, as they grow a bit older I think they prefer it too. It’s fun to watch the various cousins interact, and while some sort of mayhem usually ensues, and a glass of milk often ends up toppled, it’s all part of the memory making that comes with a holiday meal.
Here are three of the more popular ways I’ve kept the kids entertained over the years:
- Before your guests arrive, write the names of the adults that are coming on small slips of paper and put them in bowl. When sitting down at the table each kid draws a name (keeping it a secret) and pretends to be that adult for the duration of the dinner. They should talk and act like the person they’ve drawn and the rest of the kids have to guess who they are. This usually works best for kids ages four and older, as they are able to keep a secret longer than a toddler.
- Cover the kids’ table with butcher or white paper and set out assorted crayons/markers etc. Ask the kids to draw pictures of the presents they received, the people at the adult table, holiday scenes, a winter village etc. There is a reason restaurants offer colouring sheets to kids – it really does keep them occupied when they have to sit at the table.
- Set up small bowls of icing and sprinkles in the centre of the table and give each kid a cookie (sugar or gingerbread). Let them decorate a cookie when they are finished eating their main meal.
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