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12 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

November 14, 2011; 1:02 PM ET

What could make stuffing your face with mashed potatoes all day long even more fun? These Thanksgiving amusements!

Fun Idea: Appreciate Your Guests

Make place cards for everyone who will be attending your feast. Then ask your child to think of one reason she's thankful for each person and write it on the back. Guests can read them aloud!

Fun Idea: Work Up an Appetite

Most towns have some kind of Turkey Trot, a short race held on Thanksgiving morning. Get the whole family involved: Push little ones in strollers and let bigger kids run/walk/skip/ hop their way to the finish.

Fun Idea: Hunt for Turkey Feathers

Buy a bunch of colorful feathers at a crafts store and hide them around the yard or house, then do a T-Day version of an Easter-egg hunt. Kids can use the feathers they collect to design a Native American headdress.

Fun Idea: Let Your Kid Cater

A simple appetizer that kids can make: Wrap the top halves of thin breadsticks with prosciutto. Arrange 12 on a plate and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Call them ¿Nate's Silly Sticks" and let your chef pass them around.

Fun Idea: Make Your Own Mats

The weekend before (or anytime really!), have your kids create collages of all the things they're thankful for on sheets of construction paper. Laminate their masterpieces at a copy store and use them as place mats.

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