Keep your little one busy and entertained this Thanksgiving by enlisting her to make the table's place cards! She'll be delighted to have such an important job and she'll improve her fine motor skills along the way! Not to mention, when she's done, you'll have some wonderfully festive, homemade decorations for your Thanksgiving table.
What You Do:
- If your child is young, tackle this first step a day or two before Thanksgiving. Roll a sheet of craft foam into a cone shape. Secure the shape with glue or rubber cement. Make one teepee for each place setting. Let your foam teepees dry for at least a few hours before decorating them.
- Meanwhile, your child can cut out shapes from other sheets of craft foam. Keep it simple by sticking to geometric shapes like circles and triangles or pick up a book with Native American imagery for some inspiration!
- Use scissors to cut the very top of the teepee so that it has a small slanted opening at the pointed end.
- Let your child slip a twig or two inside each teepee so that they stick up out of the top. (You can glue them into place if you need to.)
- Use markers to write the name of a guest on each of the teepees. Your child can help you with this to practice her writing, but be careful! Writing on the curved teepee surface can be a little tricky.
- Let your child decorate the teepee by drawing with markers, gluing on foam shapes, putting on stickers or whatever strikes her fancy. Just make sure you can still see the names!
- Let the teepees dry again, and use them to indicate where each of your Thanksgiving guests should sit.
Keep the teepees for next year or let your guests take them home as a thoughtful one-of-a-kind party favor!