1. Rest before the big event. For the host: Plan visitors' arrival after your kids' naps. For the guests: Have your kids sleep in the van if you have a long travel to guarantee a kid-friendly Thanksgiving
2. Get some energy out! Go outside (weather permitting) and do a Turkey Trot!
3. Involve the kids in the cooking process. Let kids help with easy kitchen duties so they feel appreciated, joyful and hopefully well-behaved.
4. Let kids help with the table setting. Kids can contribute by helping set the table and placing the Thanksgiving decor.
5. Create a kid's table. Set up a kid's table. Kids will love that they can play without grownups.
6. Decorate the kid's table with festive accents. Include a fun tabletop activity to keep them entertained such as coloring pages with kid-friendly Thanksgiving themes.
7. Create a kid-friendly feast. Let kids plan the Thanksgiving dinner. Let them offer ideas for the food menu.
8. Keep kids busy before, after and during the crafts! You'll likely be busy hosting, cooking, assisting or enjoying adult time with your family, so you'll want to keep the kids busy with Thanksgiving activities so you can enjoy the holiday too.
9. Express gratitude. Give thanks to family and friends!
10. Spread the Thanksgiving spirit with those less fortunate. Donate after the holiday. With many Americans faing food insecurity, Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity to help others.