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The clock is always ticking when kids have to sit down to a holiday meal: How long before those rambunctious cousins stage a kids'-table revolt? Eke out a little peace with these clip-art place mats (and it'll be at least 20 minutes before they ask, "Can we puhleeeze be excused?").
Create a Mayflower centerpiece for the kids’ table by lashing a watercolor paper sail to wooden dowels and anchoring it in a small, pebble-filled pail. Paper pilgrim hats and bonnets are easy to craft with the help of our printable templates.
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Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving, but sitting through a long meal can be a challenge for kids. A specially decorated kids' table will ensure a pleasant gathering for everyone.
Corn husks are a light but sturdy crafting material perfect for making the head and feathers of these turkeys. Use Hubbard squash (or any other winter squash or gourd) for the turkeys' bodies.
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These harvest-time dolls are easy to make even for children and only require husks, twine, glue, and felt.
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A miniature Mayflower sets sail on a map tablecloth. Fill the ship with fruits and nuts, and insert the mast and sails.
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Headdress Napkin Wrap
A feather dresses up a simple twill-tape napkin wrap, which doubles as a headdress during -- and after -- the feast.
Cut a small hole in the center of a 27-inch-long piece of twill tape. Insert a clean feather (available from florists' shops) in the hole, and stitch to secure. Center the feather on the front of a folded napkin, and tie the tape loosely at the napkin's back.
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Guide young guests to their seats. Paper boats mark each place at a special table just for kids. With some assistance, kids can assemble the boats and write the names on the name-tag sails.
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Felt finger puppets placed atop candy sticks and arranged in containers make a sweet and simple Thanksgiving centerpiece that will keep kids entertained long after the meal ends.
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These place cards beckon kids to their seats and give them something to keep occupied while the turkey is being carved.
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