Simple Kids Thanksgiving Recipes to Get the Children Involved

Are you looking for some simple kids Thanksgiving recipes to let your children get involved in the food preparation?

When preparing your Thanksgiving dinner, you can start a wonderful family tradition by including the children in the meal preparation. Not only are you teaching them valuable life skills, you are also including them in the joys of the holiday.

Here are some kids Thanksgiving recipes that your child can make to add his or her own touch to the family gathering.

Remember, when helping your child choose and prepare his or her recipe, make sure you are available to help with things like using the oven or stove (or other equipment such as blenders, mixers, cutlery, or other potentially dangerous items). Also, make sure that the recipes your child picks are age appropriate - you don't want your child to be overwhelmed by attempting a recipe that is too advanced for his or her age.

You can put your child in charge of the appetizer for your family gathering by letting your child prepare a fun snack mix. When preparing the snack mix, you can include ingredients that help represent the meaning of Thanksgiving. If you have a computer and printer at home, you can create labels to place on individual snack bags explaining the meaning of each ingredient.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients: Bugle chips, pretzels, candy corn, circle shaped cereal, dried fruits (such as dried cherries or raisins), peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, Goldfish crackers. To make labels for your snack bags, you will need to get mid-sized shipping labels (1 inch by 4 inch peel off labels).

Using your computer's software, set up your labels in a Word document. In each section, type up the follow explanations of what each ingredient represents: Bugles (cornucopia), pretzels (arms folded in prayer), candy corn (gratitude), cereal (unity), fruit (the types of fare available at the first Thanksgiving dinner), peanuts (new crops), seeds (new crops), and Goldfish crackers (the meat most likely served at the first Thanksgiving dinner).

Place the labels on zip-lock bags and the fill bags with your Thanksgiving snack mix. Each guest can have their own bag to eat as an appetizer or to take home for later.

For a cute and easy dessert option, you can try this kids Thanksgiving recipe to create edible Indian corn. For this kids Thanksgiving recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, 4 cups miniature marshmallows, 5 cups puffed corn cereal, 1 1/3 cups dried fruit of your choice, popsicle sticks, and fruit roll-ups (yellow or green in color).

What are the preparation directions for this kids Thanksgiving recipe? First, in a large pot, melt your butter and marshmallows. Remove from heat and stir in the puffed corn cereal and dried fruit. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Rub butter on your hands and, using them, shape an ear of corn around each popsicle stick. Using your fruit roll-ups, create the leaves of your ear of corn. This will make a fun dessert treat for the children at your Thanksgiving dinner.

When planning your holiday meal, start a family tradition of letting the children be involved in the meal preparation. With these easy kids Thanksgiving recipes, your children can create tasty additions to your holiday gathering.

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