Since the big Turkey is being served soon the last thing we want to think about is how to occupy our kids when we cook, clean, prepare. Yes they can help out but we all know what that really means:
A. Taking twice or three times as much longer then it should
B. Ending up with much more dirtier house and kids which then will need a bath or at least a hose down
So here are some great ideas from local preschool on how to entertain kids with things you most likely have in our household:
They used trays and storage containers to set up a fun play station
My daughters favorite was moving the pasta wheels with a cute “spoon” to their containers. These are tiny spice spoons but use any spoon your children are not used to. The more festive the better and since this is the time to dust off your silverware you may find something interesting.
Use rubber bands and pasta spoon to move “spaghetti” from one side to the other
Use tweezers to move fuzz balls from one container to the other. If you do not have colorful balls use cotton balls
Marbles and soap suction cups. This may be tough since I do not know anyone who uses those soap mats anymore and you do need marbles but you can use round cereal. As long as you are using the ice cube thongs the kids will enjoy moving anything.
Place buttons in the slot. Empty an old yogurt container, clean, make a slot and give kids buttons different shape and sizes to place in there.
Make sand from small cereal (like rice crispies) or grain like rice or barley. Have kids use paint brushes and sandbox shovels to move it onto designated circle.
Take old bottle caps in different colors and have the kiddos sort them out based on color.
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving.