I’ve long been a fan of children’s tables for one simple fact: they’re more fun for kids than the adult table where topics like politics and religion are carefully skirted. But, holiday gatherings are also a chance for my kids to connect and learn about their family culture, so I don’t want them hiding out during the meal. For many kids it can be challenging to strike up a conversation with family they don’t see very often. Sometimes a little helpful nudge is all they need to be more engaged.
This Thanksgiving, encourage kids to mingle and learn their family history by employing them as super sleuths! Here’s how…
What You’ll Need:
- a piece of paper – construction paper or card stock will do nicely, but really anything will work
- pencil, pen, or marker
The Set Up:
The set up for this is super simple. In fact, you can have older kids handle it all, which can be a nice way for them to get involved with the family too.
- Cut strips of paper into inch-and-a-half strips. You just need enough room to write on them.
- Distribute strips of paper to family members and ask them to write down a fact about themselves. If they have difficulty with coming up with a fact, ask them to write down the year they graduated from school, their favorite color, a favorite childhood memory, favorite book, etc.
- Use the strips as napkin rings at the children’s table. Just fold them around the napkins and tape. If you have more strips than place settings, place extra strips in a vase or sprinkle them around the table.
- Tell the kids they’ve all been appointed super sleuths and need to interview guests to match up the presented facts with the correct person.
Then, after dinner, set them loose! Now let’s see here…whose favorite color is chartreuse? Aunt Allie? Uncle Ed? Wait, what color is chartreuse anyway?