CREATE YOUR MENU TOGETHER
Ask the kids what they prefer to eat for the holiday. Most children have a favorite food, and even if it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving dish—making it will help to ensure that they eat, and put that picky eater to rest during the meal. If your kids write, let them make the menu. If they’re not yet writing, have them draw pictures of the items you’ll prepare.
Once you complete the menu you can include them in the trip to the grocery store to purchase ingredients. My kids love to see where the items come from and they feel important when they are able to carry find them and bring them to me, or even push the cart. You can also incorporate the concept of math when purchasing the items—the use of money and counting. In fact, you can get an entire math lesson out of choosing ingredients and purchasing them for your Thanksgiving meal.
MAKE DINNER TOGETHER
Kids can chop vegetables, fill pie crusts, measure and mix ingredients for you—all using their math skills. This hands-on experience is proof of how much work goes into preparing this special dinner, and will help them appreciate how family comes together to create the meal. It’s also a great way to encourage them to pitch in at other mealtimes, not just at Thanksgiving.