Letting Kids Help With: Thanksgiving

 Create memories with your kids, and invite them into the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Create memories with your kids, and invite them into the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is about gathering with friends and family. It’s about expressing gratitude. And, of course, it’s about the food. Now, It's a high-stakes meal, yes, but that doesn't mean kids should be booted from the kitchen.

Here are 15 easy ways to get them involved:

  1. Chopping onions and garlic (with a chopper for younger kids)
  2. Combining stuffing in bowl
  3. Watching timers
  4. Measuring ingredients
  5. Mixing salad dressing
  6. Washing vegetables
  7. Tearing lettuce for salad — Great for any age!
  8. Basting the turkey — What a great way to keep kiddos engaged all day! And because they have a task at regular intervals, they can say they played a major role in the main event!
  9. Seasoning vegetables
  10. Rolling out pie dough
  11. Crimping pie crust
  12. Mashing potatoes — Fun for all ages!
  13. Stirring the gravy — Which is great since you need to stir constantly. This way, you can focus on other last-minute items.
  14. Making fresh whipped cream — Sure, they could use a mixer, but you can also let them burn up some energy by having them do it by hand. #meanmom
  15. Setting the table

Enjoy the process of preparing this year's meal, and share that joy with your little ones.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!