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Thanksgiving recipe ideas
We've included here kids Thanksgiving recipes and Thanksgiving ideas for kids. Thanksgiving recipes can often times be time consuming or a whole gourmet meal but we have some simple fun ideas for how to get your kids involved in the Thanksgiving preparation.


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What Was for Dinner at the First Thanksgiving?

The first thanksgiving was a celebration of harvest with pioneers and Native American Indians. Traditionally back in 1621 they probably had deer, wild turkeys, fish, duck, goose, wild cranberries, blueberries, cherries, carrots, turnips, onions, cabbages, and corn. Deer was probably the main dish compared to turkey now a days. It was a feast to celebrate freedom, harvest, and friendship and lasted for three days.

Start a Gratitude Tradition this Thanksgiving

A great Thanksgiving idea for kids is to start a gratitude tradition. Did you know that when the pilgrims first came to America they had very little to eat that first winter? They were allotted 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce. A wonderful tradition to start is handing out 5 kernels to each person around the dinner table and each person has to think of 5 things they are grateful for. It is a great reminder that we are all blessed with lots of food and many wonderful things to be grateful for.

gratitude turkey


Kids Thanksgiving Recipes: Decorating your Table

Kids Thanksgiving recipes: Baked Cornucopia Centerpiece

cornucopia centerpiece made out of bread

Homemade bread dough (find a recipe here)
or frozen bread dough
1 egg white
Aluminum foil, pizza pan or heavy duty foil

Roll foil pan or large sheet of heavy foil into a cone shape. Twist the end to form a horn shape. Spray foil with cooking spray and place on cookie sheet. Roll bread dough out into large rectangle. Cut into 10 strips about 1 ½ inch wide. Start at end of cone shape and wrap bread strips around and pinch ends together.

Overlap strips so no foil is showing. Continue laying down strips and wrap around pinching ends together until completely filled. You can add a braided edge with remaining pieces of dough. With pastry brush, brush egg white all over bread. Let rise for 20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes longer. Allow to cool and remove foil. Use as a decoration with autumn fruits and vegetables of choice.

Harvest Feast Centerpiece
3-4 Pillar candles of varying sizes
harvest vegetables such as green beans, asparagus, carrot sticks, other vegetables
Place a rubber band around each pillar candle. Tuck green beans or other vegetables under the rubber band so that they are lined up all around the candle. Wrap a pretty ribbon or satin ribbon on top of the rubber band so that the rubber band isn't visible. Place on a pretty platter and tuck fresh fall leaves or flowers around bottom of platter. These candles look great around a table with your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
aspargus centerpiece

Sugar Cone Cornucopia
These are great for a kids Thanksgiving recipe and make fun place settings. Fill desired number of sugar cones with a snack mix such as the one below:


Kids Thanksgiving Recipe Snack Mix:
  • Bugles, horn shaped snacks
  • Pretzels (that symbolize arms folded in thanks and pray)
  • Candy corn (see the gratitude tradition further on)
  • Circle shaped cereal (circle of unity)
  • Dried fruits (represent fruits available at harvest time)
  • Seeds or Peanuts (represent planting new crops)
  • Goldfish Crackers (fish was available and part of the first thanksgiving dinner)
Pour ingredients in large bowl and stir together. Serve in sugar cone cornucopias or a fun serving bowl.

How Can Kids Help with the Traditional Thanksgiving Meal?

For young kids, Thanksgiving dinner is something they aren't usually able to help with considering cooking dinner is centered around the stove and lots of hot dishes. If your kids are old enough, get them involved in cooking the turkey. It is a rather easy task. Or pick out another kids Thanksgiving recipe and find a task or two for them to help with.

How to Cook a Turkey
Every turkey you buy will tell you just how to cook it but it is not as scary or as difficult as some may think. Wash it, place it in a roasting pan and place it in the oven. If your kids are too young for cooking, another idea is to use Cornish hens. Kids can handle it easy, wash it and stuff if and place it in the baking pan. Then they feel a little more like they are part of the meal preparation.


Kids Thanksgiving Recipes for Making Pies
Kids can easily help with making pie dough or rolling out the dough. Here is a recipe for pie crust. If they can't do the cooking they can definitely get in on the prep work. And this is part of the thanksgiving meal that can be done ahead of time.

Apple Pie Recipe
Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Make Mini Pies
For a fun kids Thanksgiving recipe, use pie dough and cut out 5 circles with a 4 inch wide bowl and reserve scraps for strips. Press 5 circles into muffin tins. Press up sides. Fill with your favorite pie filling and top with strips. Bake at 425 degrees for 18 minutes. You can try this with any type of pie and kids can make their own and enjoy the benefits of their labor.

mini pies



Relish Tray
Put your kids in charge of the relish tray. If they are too young to cut vegetables for the tray have an adult cut and place in a bowl. Then put the kids in charge of designing and creating the platter. Let their creativity soar by having them design a turkey out of the vegetables. They can use red, green, and yellow peppers as feathers and other vegetables for the head and bodies. This is a great project for the younger chefs although the older chefs would enjoy it also.

vegetable turkey


Have the kids help with the entertainment and fun. Try these Printable Thanksgiving Games

Crazy Thanksgiving Drawing GameThanksgiving Word Searches Pack of three

Thanksgiving Cooking for Kids

turkey cookies made out of handprint for kids Thanksgiving recipes

Turkey Hand Print Cookies
Sugar Cookie dough
White frosting
Candy corn for beaks and feet
Red hots for eye
Roll sugar cookie dough out on floured surface. Place kids clean hand on the dough and with toothpick trace around hand. Remove their hand then cut out with sharp knife. Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Continue with all dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. Have kids decorate with white frosting, a candy corn beak, 2 candy corn feet and a red hot for an eye.

Kids Thanksgiving Recipe for Striped Turkey Cookies
Use an Oreo cookie for the base of your cookie. With a dab of frosting place a striped chocolate cookie on the end, with the striped part showing out. You may have to cut a sliver off the end to make it flat. Add a dab of frosting to front and add a malted milk ball for a head.

Turkey made out of an apple and cereal for feathers for kids Thanksgiving recipes

Fruit Loop Apple Turkey
Each child can have their own apple to work with. Have the adult or kid chef place 5 toothpicks into the apple. Have a bowl of fruit loop cereal (or other circle 0 shaped cereal) available. Kids can fill up the toothpicks until the turkey feathers are all full. Place a mini marshmallow on the top to keep the fruit loops from falling off. For a turkey head use a toothpick and insert raisins almost to the end then place a green olive at the end. These turkeys are lots of fun for kids to put together.


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Kids Fun Thanksgiving Recipes

Kids Thanksgiving Recipe for Pilgrim Hats
Chocolate striped cookie
Marshmallows
pilgrim hatsChocolate chips

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 20 seconds intervals until melted. To make pilgrim hat treats, place a chocolate stripe cookie on serving platters with the chocolate side facing up. Dip marshmallows into melted chocolate chips. You can stick a toothpick or fork into marshmallow then dip. Place dipped marshmallow on top of chocolate cookie. You can draw a yellow buckle with yellow icing if desired.


Indian Corn cakes

Mini Indian Corn Cakes
White or yellow cake mix and ingredients needed, according to package directions
Vanilla frosting
Reese's pieces candies or other candies that come in orange, yellow or brown colors

Prepare cake mix according to directions. Bake in small mini loaf pans. Allow to cool. Take out of pan and frost with vanilla frosting covering all sides except the bottom. Layer candies all over the top and sides of cake to look like Indian corn kernels.



Turkey Cupcake Ideas for Kids

Learn how to make these cupcake turkeys here.
turkey cupcakes turkey cupcake cake

Kids Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey Leftovers

Turkey Sweet Potato Soup
½ Cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon butter
5 Cups turkey broth**
1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Cups cooked turkey, shredded or cut in cubes
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ Cups corn
Saute onion in butter. In soup pan, add broth, potatoes, turkey, onion, salt and corn. Simmer for 20 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender.
For turkey broth: boil your leftover turkey bones with a full pot of water for 1 hour. Then strain off broth and reserve for soup. You can also use this for a great turkey soup.


Turkey Panini
Panini is like a grilled cheese sandwich. For this sandwich place a slice of turkey between two slices of cheese and grill or fry in pan.


Barbecue Turkey Rolls
Add barbecue sauce to shredded turkey and serve on rolls or croissants.


Use your leftover turkey in some turkey casserole recipes.

turkey casserole


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Mini Pies 
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Thanksgiving Fun Recipes 
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