Several years ago, we started the tradition of wrapping our table with packing paper and free-handing turkeys on it for the kids to color in. Inspired by an idea I saw on Martha Stewart’s website, we’ve kept on doing it every year! The kids LOVE to have a fun coloring activity, and I love that it also serves as a tablecloth, making cleanup a cinch. When we have a large group of kids joining us, I write their names over their turkeys, just so we can avoid arguing about someone coloring in someone else’s spot (because, you know, that never happens!). Throw a popcorn turkey in the middle, and you’ve created a fun, kid-centered celebration that allows adults to mingle and the host to finish completing the final meal preparations!
What you need:
- A roll of Packing Paper- I keep this exact roll handy and use it for other holidays as well.
- Strong Tape- I use packing tape.
- A Black Sharpie
- Crayons- And/or colored pencils, markers, etc. We have a bajillion broken crayons floating around the house, but I always put fresh new ones in little up-cycled jars on the table. For some reason, this is amazing to them!
- Mad free-handing skills- OR clipart to copy! Ben free-hands, I copy as best I can. Check these ones out on Pinterest.
Roll paper onto your table (I needed to this widthwise twice to cover mine well). Secure your paper with tape under the edges of the table. For each child’s place at the table, sharpie a turkey, some leaves, and their name (they love finding their name!). Put coloring utensils in between every two place settings.
**Tip: Roll out your paper and decorate it ahead of Thanksgiving (like I did for this post), then roll it back up and set it aside. You’ll thank yourself on Thanksgiving morning, when all you have to do is delegate the task of securing it to the table to someone else!
For instructions on the popcorn “turkey”, click here!
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