Get Your Children Involved in Your Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

Get Your Children Involved in Your Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

With kids out of school for a week, the end of November can feel more like a marathon than a break. The pandemic will no doubt make them even more stir-crazy than usual, and you know what they say about idle hands. So why not get your kids in on Thanksgiving dinner this year through some new holiday traditions?

Get Your Kids to Make Small Thanksgiving Pies

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Every Thanksgiving, pies line our kitchen counters, from sweet potato to pumpkin, baked apple to pecan. It seems like everyone has a favorite pie. This year, instead of making five or six full-sized pies, let your children make their own personal pies. Less sharing means less fighting.

Don’t have miniature pie pans? No problem. Just cut your pie crust into small sections, and line your muffin tins with the pieces. Then, let your children choose their favorite fillings. Spoon them out and pop them in the oven. Easy as pie.

Get Your Family into Cooking Classes

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You may be wary of too many cooks in the kitchen, but children as young as six are ready to learn the basics. The sooner you start, the sooner they’ll be at the stove making you dinner. Reference this hilarious cooking video for inspiration, or plan a private cooking class for you and your family. Give your kids a bigger role in Thanksgiving dinner this year, and take the heat off yourself.

Boost Their Applied Mathematics

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that my children struggle with fractions. If yours do the same, reinforce their basic math skills by getting your children to do the measurements for your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Halving or doubling a recipe? Great. Save yourself the headache and let your children practice by figuring out the conversions for you. Of course, you may want to double-check their work before you start adding ingredients to the bowl.

Enlist Your Kids as Taste-Testers for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

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What could be more fun than tasting the treats before the party starts? Get your kids in on Thanksgiving dinner by having them sample as you cook. They’ll learn how spices work and have fun with the menu. If you want a great laugh, watch this video of kids trying traditional dishes from the past 100 years, and then make your own video with your kids. Which treats do they want to taste most?

Need more ideas to get the kids involved this Thanksgiving? Check out our Thanksgiving tag. And if your concerns are culinary, find out more about North Carolina’s delicious top crop with our cooking tag.