If your table runners are too nice for sticky fingers, then give the little ones materials to make their own. Protect your tabletop with white butcher paper; then unfurl a roll of 12-inch brown craft paper down the center and cut it to size with scissors. Supply the kids with crayons, and let them draw while they snack. Once the party is over, the runner can then be cut up into pieces and framed as keepsakes or favors for guests.
Give kids a designated surface to draw on with a roll of craft paper spread across the surface of the table. In addition to being able to express themselves creatively, this also gives parents a chance to suggest seating by writing each child's name onto the paper with markers, chalk or crayons.
Fill jelly jars or juice glasses with crayons so kids can color the brown paper tablecloth as well as fun Thanksgiving paper crafts, like these turkey finger puppets. Children can also be encouraged to write a list of things they are thankful for.
To make this little boy's work space extra personal, designers had him work on paper crafts that they hung in the homework area above his desk. They also ordered coloring books, pencils, crayons and art supplies for the desk so that it was ready to use once the renovation was complete.
For a designated place to work on crafts, draw and color with crayons, a custom play table was made from an old coffee table cut down to size with a saw, sanded, then painted white and green. The child-sized chairs were picked up at a flea market, sanded, painted and decoupaged with vintage maps.