I may be a young[ish] mother, but I’d like to think I have Thanksgiving preparation down to a science. Maybe I’m a little OCD, but I find having a printable Thanksgiving chore chart or schedule can make life a lot easier.
Creating your own Thanksgiving printable chore chart isn’t too hard. All you have to do is create a document in a program like Word and then save as a .pdf, then print. If that’s too difficult, no worries, Butterball has a Thanksgiving chore chart ready for you.
Having the printable Thanksgiving checklist is one thing, but remember to actually follow through to have the smoothest, Golden Thanksgiving ever.
Every cook is different. Some, like me, generally don’t mind having children help out in the kitchen. Generally, I give them simple chores like tearing collard greens or running out to the compost pile with vegetable scraps. Letting children help is a great way to allow them to feel a sense of pride and ownership in the Thanksgiving Day meal. This generally means a few less arguments about what they want to eat from the selection. If you’re super patient, kids can use cookie cutters to cut out shapes from pie crust to use instead of a traditional lattice top for an extra fancy apple pie. Please note, I’m not that patient. . .
However, if there are a lot of kids, only a small space, or a shortage of patience, having Thanksgiving Day crafts ready will keep little hands out of the way. Older kids can be persuaded into heading up the Thanksgiving Day craft festivities.
Here are a few great suggestions:
*Kaboose.com – cute Hands and Feet Turkey crafts
*Turkey Favors – this would be for older, coordinated kids, not the pre-school set
*TipJunkie.com – a list of 50 Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids
*Tonya Staab – a great round up of very kid-friendly Thanksgiving crafts
*Evolving Mommy – simple fall handprint wreath
*Blissfully Domestic – DIY centerpiece using dried beans
And of course, Pinterest won’t let you down, here are two fantastic boards to check out:
*Butterball’s Turkey Inspiration board has some cute ideas