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8 Merry Ideas for Your Christmas Kids’ Table

Keep your little elves busy with these festive activities and happy with the cheerful (and tasty!) kids' table decor.

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Adorable preschool child, boy, decorating gingerbread houses for Christmas at homeShutterstock / Tomsickova Tatyana

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As parents, it’s in the job description to keep our kids entertained. Between hosting Christmas Eve dinner, making festive treats and buying for everyone on Santa’s nice list, though, finding the time to keep the kiddos occupied during a family Christmas party is next to impossible. Check out these clever ways to deck the kids’ table this Christmas—and keep them busy while you entertain guests.

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Gingerbread house piecesShutterstock / Arina P Habich

Set up a gingerbread house workshop

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as decorating (and maybe eating) a gingerbread house. On a side table, create a perimeter of pre-assembled gingerbread houses surrounding various bowls of decorative candies—just make sure each house has a bag of icing beside it that kids can use to apply the yummy decor.

Get our complete gingerbread baking and decorating guide here.

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Creating a fabric candy caneShutterstock / OnlyZoia

Provide a crafty holiday to-do list

Ideal for the preteens (really, any kid who can successfully follow written directions), a Christmas-themed arts and crafts list will keep everyone busy throughout the day. Leave each child the same list of crafts, along with a decorated container of coordinating supplies. Making a paper snowman and decorating ornaments are two simple, festive project ideas to include. Then you can display their creations. Here are a few crafts you can make with leftover Christmas cards.

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Decorate sugar-cone Christmas trees

Vanilla frosting, green food coloring, confectioners’ sugar, candy and—of course—sugar cones, star in this merry Christmas activity that’s perfect for kids of any age. When everyone is done eating dinner, let the young ones work for their dessert by turning the ice cream sidekick into a beautifully adorned spruce tree.

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Drawing of a Christmas treeShutterstock / charles taylor

Let them color on the table

It’s OK to skip the fancy tablecloth and breakable china. Seriously. Young ones will be so much more impressed with a sturdy paper tablecloth and a huge pack of crayons instead.

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Child being presented an ornamentShutterstock / Pressmaster

Commission a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt

Give each member of the kids’ table a list of Christmastime treasures to find, along with a basket for collecting the items. Think hidden candy canes, specific types of ornaments, ribbons and Christmas cookies. Feeling competitive? Allow the winner to line up first for dessert.

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Snowman made out of platesShutterstock / Elena Shashkina

Transform the plates—and cutlery—into snowmen

Move over, Frosty! Recreate the beloved holiday character on the kids’ table using both large and small white plates for the body; black, red and green chocolate candies for the buttons, eyes and mouth; and a carrot for the nose. Don’t forget to add a small piece of fabric for the scarf, and a pair of forks for the arms.

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Melted snowman cookiesShutterstock / Anastasia_Panait

Display an edible centerpiece

While the adults’ table will boast more of a classic Christmas tablescape, the kids’ table is an excuse to think outside the box. Whether it’s a candy Christmas tree or a display of sweet and salty snowmen sticks, make the centerpiece something they can admire and munch on throughout the party.

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Gingerbread place markersShutterstock / AnjelikaGr

Arrange festive DIY place settings

Assigned seats never looked so cute. Create handmade place markers to adorn each child’s spot at the table, with a name tag tied to the crafted pieces of decor. An origami candy cane, a cloth napkin rolled into the shape of a Christmas tree or a timeless bottle brush wreath are all pretty, festive ideas kids will love.

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