Toddler Made Place Settings for Your Thanksgiving Feast

For the last 2 years I’ve done the same thing, a handprint of my son turned into a turkey. It’s cute, it shows the size of his hand at the time, I liked it…and so did the family! However, this year I felt I should mix it up a little or atleast up my game.

great for babies first Thanksgiving!
I definitely wanted something my 2 year old could make because I know for a fact that no one wants a craft my son “made” aka he destroyed his attempt and I sat at his little table and did children’s crafts! So it was important for me to find something that my son can and will actually make!! I also like the idea of incorporating a handprint or footprint so we can look back over the years and see how much he grew each year.

I also think it’s important to include your toddler in holidays and this is a great way to do it. When they look at the table set, they see something they know they made and contributed. Everyone can comment on them and make your child feel proud of their work.

I found quite a few ideas and my son, being the trooper that he can be, helped me make them all! I think this year we will have a different themed place card for each person!
We did a turkey adoring again but this year livened it up with rainbow feathers! turkey with rainbow feathers

A turkey footprint with actual feathers glued on!turkey with actual feathers glued on

An acorn handprint! place in an acorn or cork to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

An owl handprint on a branch!
place in an acorn or cork to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

A corn on the cob footprint!

A fall coloured leaf! (You can do a variety of these in different fall colours) you can do these in any fall colour!

You can use a handprint or a footprint to make a cornucopia…but unless you use stickers for your child to place for food, you’re going to have to attempt some drawing! 

Put the place cards in a pine cone or a cork with a slit in the top and you’ve got a cute and personal touch to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Toddler-made Mother’s Day Cards

For special occasions such as Mother’s Day, I like to make a homemade, sentimental card for all those extra special people in my son’s life…Grandma, Ouma, GG, Great Ouma and his Godmother. None of these amazing women want a “handmade” card that I actually put together for them (and quite frankly I don’t feel the need to play with paint and glue), they want to see my kiddo’s talents, especially because these cards get sent to Manitoba, UK, South Africa and here in Calgary.

I was searching on Pinterest for a cute handmade card involving a handprint that wasn’t too difficult for my toddler to make on his own and I found a cute one with flowers in a pot.

Obviously, I didn’t hand my kid some paints and leave him to it…probably to come back to paint everywhere except the paper. No, I sat next to him, with wipes at arm’s length and I supervised. First, I helped him make the handprints and he chose the colours for the fingerprint flower petals, as you can see, some I helped with and others he was a little more independent.

Because my son is blessed with so many wonderful ladies in his life, I knew he might get tired of painting what I tell him to, so I was prepared with another piece of paper for “free painting” in between the Mother’s Day Cards and we did 3 in one sitting and 2 in the next…my toddler has limits!!

After he had made his beautiful flowers, I gave him some flower pot shaped paper which he painted with his fingers, paint brush and sponges. He chose to draw lines, or “hills” as he called them on the first three pots…a little weird but creative!

To mix it up a little, we did a cupcake for his sweet Godmother which I’m glad we did last because once I introduced him to sparkles, he didn’t want anything to do with paint!

I think they turned out pretty good and I could tell my kiddo was proud of his work! They’re no Hallmarks but I think they’re cute!