I need a project for kids ages 7 to 12 to keep them occupied while the moms cook a holiday dinner

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Kerri - posted on 11/21/2009

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www.crayola.com has some creative ideas & google dltk ...another kid website with various activies..good luck & i've noted of these ideas....loving the cookie cutters idea ;)

Liz - posted on 11/20/2009

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If you could find some Thanksgiving cookie cuters, you could the day before (if you have time), make some sugar cookie cut outs and the could decorate them the way that they want to and they could feel like they are helping.

Joy - posted on 11/20/2009

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It never to early for kids to learn to cook. They can help cook and set the table. Kids love to eat things if they helped make it. My daughter is 9 and my son is 12 and they both get in the kitchen with me and help out. It is a great thing for kids to learn to cook for themselves because sooner or later they will have to cook for themselves. If you don't teach them all they will do is eat fast food.Rotate them out if there is alot of children and give them pacific things to do. The youngest can get drink orders and pretend to be a waiter/waitress. It is a family gathering get the whole family involved. Hope this helps. God Bless and have a great Holiday Season.

Aliska - posted on 11/20/2009

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Kids that age can help with the food preparation like peeling veges, stirring pots on the stove etc. If there's no room for them in the kitchen get them to decorate the table. Get a book from the library on how to fold table napkins in fancy ways and let them have a go. If you have flowers let them arrange some as a centre piece. Another thing my 11 y.o daughter likes doing from time to time is writing down what we are going to have for dinner as a menu and putting one in each place like a restaurant, this could take up a bit of the kids' time while you are cooking.

Brittany - posted on 11/19/2009

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You could have them make paper turkeys from construction paper. Or color on a placemat for someone. Maybe put fake flowers together for a centerpeice....

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get them to create individual place mats for everyone putting names and pictures on them - if you have a laminator everyone can take them home as a keepsake of the holidays

Whitney - posted on 11/22/2009

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There is a set of books called 'KID CONCOCTIONS' They have tons of hands on activities for kids of all ages to do. If you cannot find it in time, try getting some card games, art projects, or board games. I really like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. You can always find great things at lower prices.

Melissa - posted on 11/20/2009

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Give them some construction paper, crayons and cardboard and have them come up with a play to put on after dinner.

Karen - posted on 11/20/2009

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How about pilgrim and indian hats? Or if the 13-year-old isn't into wearing a construction paper hat, they could make their "hat" into a napkin ring or cup holder/decoratoin. Or maybe give them a notebook and have them go around to each and every person there and ask what they are thankful for? Then they can read the list over dinner. (I did something similar at a big family gathering this summer, only with a video camera). Also Hobby Lobby has some good and easy ready-made crafts for just about any holiday or theme - and their website has a 40% off coupon this week! Hope you have a great, stress-free holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheryl - posted on 11/20/2009

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All 3 of my kids LOVE to help me cook. I haven't decided if I'm going to get construction paper out to have them make christmas ornaments or if I'm going to let them help me in the kitchen. We tend to put up our tree right after thanksgiving so the ornaments would be great because all of our ornaments are in a storage unit 2000 miles away. But like I said they love to cook and that'd be a big help too. Best of luck!

Patricia - posted on 11/20/2009

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get them some beads and strings and let them make friendship bracelets/necklaces...etc. fun and time consuming...Hobby Lobby sells bundles of them

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