One of the things about family gatherings is that there is always some lag time before the party begins. I always feel sorry for the kids because sometimes there is nothing for them to do. I remember trying to keep my niece and nephews occupied when they were younger so that they wouldn't bother the other grown ups. At Thanksgiving I remember making apple turkeys with them or doing the old standby~tracing their hands to make Turkey cards. It is a great idea to have some sort of crafty stuff around for kids to make things or activities for them to do.
The All New Crafts for Thanksgiving by Kathy Ross is a great book to have on hand to help give some ideas for keeping little hands occupied this Thanksgiving. I love the idea of having the kids make place cards or other decorations. It will helps them get involved.
The ideas in the book are pretty easy and fun to do. This should be a must for any Thanksgiving celebration!