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Set the kids' table with fun Thanksgiving crafts

Kids can have fun while eating Thanksgiving dinner with the right decorations. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Make your youngsters thankful they get to eat at the kids' table this Thanksgiving by adding some fun decorations and creative activities. No more worries about spilled juice or broken china. In fact, you might want to copy some of these ideas at the adults’ table as well.


  • a few yards of inexpensive, festively colored fabric to use as a table cloth
  • handmade placemats cut from brown or white craft paper with plenty of room for doodling
  • cups of crayons at each place setting
  • handmade seasonal napkin rings (see instructions below)
  • small pumpkins at each plate (you can also put them in the middle as a centerpiece)


Each place setting gets a large paper placemat, a cup of crayons or markers, and napkin rings with paper or cloth napkins. Let the kids decorate their own placemats and write or draw their individual gratitudes on the pumpkins.

DIY Turkey Napkin Ring

(Makes four napkin rings)

  • brown felt
  • ribbon in various colors and widths (16 inches of each color; we used seven colors)
  • small red pom-poms and felt or ribbon for the turkey’s wattle
  • googly eyes (4 pair)
  • hot glue gun and glue


  1. Cut four 5-inch strips of ribbon to make the napkin ring. We used 1.5-inch-wide brown ribbon.
  2. Glue the ends of each ribbon together to form separate rings.
  3. Make a pattern for the turkey body: a circle with a smaller circle on top. Cut out four turkey bodies from the brown felt.
  4. For each of the tail feathers, cut 4-inch-long strips of different-colored ribbons.
  5. Fold the ribbons in half, glue the ends together, and firmly press the folds to flatten.
  6. Glue the “feathers” halfway around the brown felt circle, which is the body of the turkey.
  7. Glue the googly eyes and red wattle onto the felt turkey head.
  8. Glue the completed turkey onto the napkin ring where the two ends meet. Insert a napkin, and you have a terrific turkey for the Thanksgiving table.

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