If your kids like to help in the kitchen around the holidays, helping you make Thanksgiving-themed snacks will bring smiles to their faces. Pick one or two snacks to make, set up a workstation for your kiddos, and let them have a blast while they help with the holiday cooking. Sharing their handmade snacks with everyone on Thanksgiving will give your kids a sense of accomplishment and help them understand the true meaning of the holiday.
Fruit trays, vegetable trays, decorated apples or pears, and vegetable cups with dip are all Thanksgiving snacks the little ones can help make. To make turkey fruit and veggie trays, have your children set a bowl of fruit or vegetable dip in the center of a plate to form the body, and make fruit or vegetable kabobs to arrange in a half-circle around it to make the turkey's feathered tail. Cut carrot wedges for them to use as turkey beaks in the center of the dip and provide chocolate chips or blueberries to use as eyes. They can also draw and cut out turkey heads on colored paper; stick their art to cups; fill the cups halfway with vegetable dip and add vegetable sticks to represent the turkeys' tails.
A big tray of plain sugar cookies or gingersnaps along with several different colors of icing in piping bags allow your little ones to design custom Thanksgiving cookies. They can draw turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrim hats, acorns or their favorite Thanksgiving design on the cookies with icing. If you provide candies or sprinkles, they'll can decorate the cookies even more. For example, candy corn pieces make easy turkey tails.
Waffle cones or even plastic cups are easily decorated cornucopias for your kids to fill with candy, trail mix, chopped fruit or any other treat you provide. Give your kids icing, sprinkles and candies to decorate waffle cone cornucopias or markers and construction paper to decorate plastic cup cornucopias. A platter full of cornucopias makes a Thanksgiving-themed centerpiece or party appetizer that allows your kids to show off their creations.
Making Thanksgiving designs from refrigerated dinner rolls or homemade bread dough is a way for your kids to help you get dinner on the table. Have them use balls of dough approximately the size of plums to make pull-apart creations. They can stick the dough balls together to make turkey, hat and acorn shapes or even write “Happy Thanksgiving” in bread art.
Letting your kids make a Thanksgiving snack mix helps hold everyone over until dinner is ready and gets the little ones involved in the kitchen. Give them ingredients like Chex cereal, nuts, colored chocolate candies, candy corn, cheese snacks, pretzels, cornucopia-shaped chips and rye chips to mix and play with. Either have your kids decorate a big bowl to put the mix in, or have them decorate several small cups to use as individual-sized servings. Alternately, your kids can decorate Mason jars with ribbon and colored paper in a Thanksgiving theme and fill them with the mix to give out as party favors.