How to Keep Your Preschooler Busy on Thanksgiving!

How to Keep Your Preschooler Busy on Thanksgiving!

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It’s almost Thanksgiving! Can you believe it’s already next week?  And that means it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your preschooler busy while the adults are preparing the yummy feast. 😉

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Put together a Thanksgiving-themed activity kit. Include things like coloring pages, stickers, and simple crafts. I loved doing this when my girls were preschool ages. How I miss those days.

2. Plan some fun games to play together, like turkey bingo or an indoor scavenger hunt. Want your preschooler to learn a little more about turkeys? Consider a fun turkey unit study to keep them occupied!

3. Make sure there are plenty of snacks on hand to keep little tummies happy. Think finger foods that they can easily eat back and forth at their place settings. I used to love making sugar cone cornucopias.

Sugar Cone Cornucopias

  • 1 Sugar Cone (per preschooler)
  • White Frosting (I used to make the frosting orange or brown for the season)
  • Candy Corn
  • Marshmallows
  • Edible glitter (optional)
  • Ribbon (to dress it up at their place setting)
  • 1 Craft Stick or Plastic Spoon

-Give your preschooler a plastic spoon to scoop a little serving of frosting to smear around the inside with the bottom of the spoon or use craft sticks to spread the frosting. This is the edible glue for the candy.

-Immediately have them stick the candies wherever they wish inside the cone.

-Sprinkle with edible glitter if handy to make it shiny and add a ribbon around the top.

They will LOVE this!

Or, you can use M&M’s or Skittles. I used to like using Runts. Remember those? They had the shape of different fruit. You want to make sure your preschooler is an older 4 to 5 years old to be able to properly and safely eat these candies.

With a little planning, you can make sure your little one has a fun and festive Thanksgiving holiday!

Lindsey Jenn

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