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.
There’s a reason family-friendly restaurants hand out paper and crayons for free: They’re invaluable tools for keeping antsiness at bay. “I always carry crayons and paper in my bag,” says Ilana Wiles, creator of Mommy Shorts. “If you want to be the kind of family that goes out to restaurants, you need to have stuff on hand to keep the kids occupied while they wait for their food.”
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.
This whimsical playroom inspires creativity, learning, and playtime fun with a colorful wall mural, multiple work areas for drawing and crafting, a slide, and hanging chair. Creative storage makes organization and access to toys easy for both parent and kid.
A low-profile table provides the perfect coloring station for kids in this playful beach house. The table features a low shelf, creating a perfect spot to stash coloring books, markers and crayons when not in use.
This kitchen countertop serves double duty as a prep surface and storage compartment that houses crayons, rubber bands and clips. This is a great place for kids to do homework while Mom and Dad cook meals.
This homeowner created a clever, crafty activity station from an old wooden dining table and a mixing bowl that serves as a place for storing crayons and other items. White wooden chairs decoupaged in repurposed maps add an interesting vibe to the otherwise neutral space.
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.
To add some fun, bold color to the master bedroom, designers brought in a piece of artwork that was created with drippings from melted crayons. They hung this unique piece above a vintage, 1930s black dresser with copper pulls. Both of these pieces pop against the jet black walls of the master bedroom.
Give the kids a lesson in geography with a world map tablecloth. Pick up a paper world map slightly wider than your table, allowing it to fall a maximum of 6 inches over on all sides. Next, supply the kids with washable markers or crayons and let them mark each place they’ve been.