Holiday time is super busy for everyone, and that includes getting the turkey on the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of shooing the kids away from the kitchen this year, why not let them get involved in the preparations. You’ll not only bond, but you’ll be setting up kitchen survival skills, as well as social skills, that will serve them well into adulthood.
Start by including them in meal planning by letting them choose a favorite dish, advises Food Network. Depending on age, they can make a shopping list, help you shop and prepare food, such as scrubbing and chopping vegetables, washing and rinsing lettuce, peeling potatoes or carrots and mashing potatoes. Making apple or pumpkin pie? Older kids can read directions, peel, slice, and open a can. Even little ones can mix ingredients in a bowl.
Younger children can help set the table, setting out silverware, napkins, and more. Food Network notes that setting up a sample setting makes it easy for kids to copy for each place setting. They can also fill baskets with bread or rolls, and older ones can fill water glasses. If you’re into assigning seats, they can make place cards in advance, as a fun craft project. Let them decorate the table with natural items or with decorations and placemats they’ve made themselves.
When the big day arrives, kids can even serve as hosts, greeting your guests, taking their coats and welcome them into your home. Making it fun and allowing then to know they are being entrusted with “grown up” tasks lets youngsters’ helpfulness shine.
However you involve your children in your Thanksgiving preparations, know that the experience is one that brings family closer and is a great confidence booster, as well.
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