Thanksgiving is a time of warm wishes, giving thanks, and spending time with family, and what better way to spend time with family than by making sure there’s food for everyone to enjoy come dinner time? Whether it’s baby’s first Thanksgiving or fifth, here are some easy ways to get kids involved in the cooking, and the eating, that comes with Thanksgiving.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of the easiest foods to make friendly for infants eating soft solids.  Simply leave off your toppings, such as gravy, and serve a small amount of plain potatoes to your infant.  The older children can enjoy helping by washing the potatoes and mashing them once they have been boiled for a while.  Just be careful the potatoes aren’t too hot before letting little ones help mash or eat them.  

Butternut Squash

If you are making butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving, save some of the puree or steamed cubes before you blend it into soup.  The puree is perfect for all ages after your child has started eating solids, and the soft, steamed cubes are perfect for more experienced eaters.  For the older kids wanting to help out in the cooking process, let them push the buttons on the blender or stir any add-ins into the soup before serving.  

Apple “Pie” Puree

Apple pie may be a little out of your infant’s range of appropriate foods, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let them enjoy the flavor of apple pie. Before you use up all your apples set aside one or two and chop and boil them until they are soft (or use an all in one steam/puree). Once your apples are soft, simply puree them and add a little cinnamon for a soft food friendly apple “pie.”

What to do besides cook?

If the kids are finished helping cook all of the dinner food, why not let them help set the table? Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to teach your older children basic place setting rules.  And for the younger kids, simply let them create some table decorations.  That way everyone gets to be involved and in the end you have even more to be thankful for.  

What are some kid-friendly foods you cook for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments below!


Written by Katie Tessier


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