Hello, Friends! I’m working with T-Mobile on a series of budget conscious posts (find post #1 here). Today’s topic: The Thanksgiving Kids Table. Yes, the ingredients for a full-on Turkey dinner can wipe out a budget, but there’s no need to spend a bundle to keep the kiddos entertained while you concentrate on the stuffing. So I scoured the web and spotted the 3 most adorable activities your kids (and wallet) will love.

Corn Necklaces & Garlands
First up, a simple idea I spotted on Paisley and Lace. String dried corn kernels to make a necklace or garland! Dried corn kernels are hard. So prep them for stringing by using a drill. If you prefer, you can also soak them and then poke a hole through the softened kernels with a big needle.

Once they’re prepped, older kids can use embroidery floss and a needle to string them. For younger kids, avoid the needles by using a stiff waxed kitchen twine or stiffen the ends of embroidery floss by soaking it in glue and letting it dry. Your little ones can make bracelets for the honored guests, or a garland to hang from the chandelier.

Walnut Boats
The next idea was spotted on Cultivated Lives. Your kids can make tiny versions of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria with walnuts, playdough, toothpicks and paper. So cute! I’m picturing boat races in the bathtub or an outdoor puddle. This one is especially good for my kids because we had a huge walnut harvest this year.

Click here for the tutorial (plus an easy recipe for homemade playdough).

Paper Pilgrim Hats
The third project comes from Martha Stewart. With a few folds, your kids will be all dressed up as Mr. or Mrs. Pilgrim. I’m such a fan of this project! It’s super easy and makes for memorable photos. Tip: If you don’t have a stock of oversize paper, you can use newsprint instead.

What about you? How do you keep the kids entertained on Thanksgiving day? Any other great ideas I should know about?

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