Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving

Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving

I was provided product by Cricut to use in this post, but as always all opinions are 100% my own!

I’m all about having a “kid table” at Thanksgiving dinner {or any other large, family dinner situation}, but let’s be realistic.  What toddler is going to keep a super detailed {albeit well thought out and very creative} kid table in “order”?  Honestly, when I sat at the kid table it was a card table, in the next room, that was wobbly.  Right?

So, picture this.  You’ve got a handful of kids {any age range you could image}.  What’s the one thing, besides sticking an iPad in their faces, that will most likely keep them occupied while you’re preparing their plates…coloring.  I’m thankful this year that the fine art of a good pack of crayons and some drawing paper still manages to keep my toddler entertained for anywhere from 10-45 minutes.

So, I whipped out my Cricut Mini, some pretty fall toned papers, and my brand spankin’ new Cricut Tools Basic Set and made some simple leaf cutouts to decorate my “kid table” for this year.

Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving with Cricut Basic tools, kraft paper, and crayons via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #Thanksgiving #kidtable #Cricut

The Basic Tools set is absolutely amazing and comes with everything you see here:

Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving with Cricut Basic tools, kraft paper, and crayons via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #Thanksgiving #kidtable #Cricut

The scissors cut cleanly and have a removable blade cover.  The tweezers have a reverse grip feature, which enables you to lift and secure in one step!  The scraper {my favorite tool, by far} scrapes and cleans unwanted scraps from the cutting mat, which also contributes to a longer lasting mat {score}!  The spatula precisely lifts images from the cutting mat, preventing tearing and curling.  And the weeder is the perfect tool for removing tiny cuts.  Plus…the end caps snap on and off, so you can change colors as you’d like!  Pretty fun, huh?!

Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving with Cricut Basic tools, kraft paper, and crayons via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #Thanksgiving #kidtable #Cricut

The spatula worked like magic.  I cannot tell you how badly some of my previous projects used to curl as I’d try to remove them from my cutting mat.  The spatula literally helped the cut outs to pop right off.

Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving with Cricut Basic tools, kraft paper, and crayons via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #Thanksgiving #kidtable #Cricut

The tweezers were perfect for the leaves that had intricate details, and the scraper…oh my…that scraper.  I had a clean mat in seconds.  SECONDS people!

Soon I had a handful of pretty fall leaves to decorate my kid table for Thanksgiving.

Simple Kid Table for Thanksgiving with Cricut Basic tools, kraft paper, and crayons via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #Thanksgiving #kidtable #Cricut

I scattered the leaves and a handful of crayons on the burlap table runner and put strips of kraft paper in front of each setting as a place mat.  Now the kids can color while we fix their plates and maybe even include some of the pretty leaf cutouts in their masterpieces.

Do you have a kid table at Thanksgiving dinner?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Toddler Thank You Notes}

{Toddler Thank You Notes}

I come from a family of card givers.  My husband thinks it’s comical.  To me, there is nothing better than receiving a card or letter in the mail, call me old fashioned I guess.  I’m passing that card giving gene down to my little guy early, as he created his first thank you notes this past week.  So many people sent him gifts for Christmas, I wanted to send them a little thank you in return.

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I randomly saw it on Pinterest, yet sadly neglected to pin it, so I’m not sure of the source.  Do you ever do that?  I swear, it’s been happening to me more and more…

These are so easy to make and could easily be a Valentine card this year instead of a thank you.

Thank You Notes

To make a Toddler Thank You Card, you’ll need…

blank cards/matching envelopes

heart punch

crayons

black fine tip Sharpie

washi tape

Materials

I chose a square card and envelope set from Michael’s {take your coupons people}!

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And I’ve slowly accumulated some cute washi tape over the past year that I’ve yet to really use.

To get started, I made sure Jackson was well fed and happy, so he’d be in the mood to do some coloring for a few minutes.  No one likes to try to get a hungry, grumpy toddler to do something!  While he ate, I punched the hearts in the front of each card.  I didn’t really care about the exact placement.  Some are in the middle, some are in the corner.  Do whatever you like best!

I then sat him in his high chair, gave him some crayons, and let him create his masterpieces.

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He is currently ambidextrous.  Impressive, huh?!

Overall he colored 8 cards and it took two sittings.  About halfway through the cards he decided to throw the crayons at our dogs, so I knew he needed a break.  Soon he had some pretty good little works of art if I do say so myself.  Keep in mind, he’s 18 months old.

Toddler Thank You Notes

I added the saying on the front…”My art is yours” and wrote out his thank you inside each card.  To make the cards pop a bit more I also added a few pieces of washi tape to the front and as an envelope seal for fun.

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I just love them and think they are so cute.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.