I am still in love with this colorful Thanksgiving Kids Table we created for
One Charming Party years ago. We shared free printable stripe placemats (download below), but my favorite part is actually the Thankful Chain. This colorful, paper-strip centerpiece also provides an activity to entertain the kids. These ideas create a big impact but are super simple — you can totally pull this together in time!
Line the kids’ table with colored paper strips corralled in jars or tin cans to create a centerpiece, activity and favor — all in one! While waiting for the feast to begin, have children write 25 things they are thankful for on paper strips. Staple or tape together to make a Christmas countdown chain for December. Send each child home with their own advent chain.
how to Make the Thankful Chain centerpiece
For the centerpiece all you need is colorful paper in fall hues cut into one-inch strips. We used 3 sheets of each color, but a sheet yields about 11 strips, so adjust according to the number of your little guests. While the kids are waiting for the feast to begin they can assemble the paper strips into a Gratitude Chain to take home and use as a Christmas Countdown.
Thanksgiving is the gateway to the Christmas season. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, I’m always most excited to see Santa Claus come to town at the end. Also as a child, I actually remember sitting with my cousins at Thanksgiving, creating our Christmas Advent Chains. Ours were the traditional red and green paper strips with a golden link for Christmas Day, but I love how this Gratitude Chain project combines that tradition with the attitude of Thanksgiving and helps us to carry it through the Holiday Season.Download the Colorful Stripe Placemat