Thanksgiving is a time to connect with your family, friends, and loved ones. It’s the perfect opportunity to cook as a family and cooking with your children can be a rewarding activity. You get to see them grow up and learn new skills in the kitchen all the while making lasting memories.  Make this Thanksgiving one to remember by letting your children help you in the kitchen. We’ve compiled 25 incredibly easy recipes that you and your kids can make. We’ll include recipes for both young and older children so everyone can have fun with the Thanksgiving preparations this year!

1. Adorable Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites

These adorable turkey snacks are a great treat for young children. Set out all the ingredients and let them build their own turkey crackers. This would be an excellent craft for Thanksgiving day. While you’re cooking the turkey, they can be making their own.

2. Pumpkin Pie

This classic Thanksgiving dessert is the perfect dish that kids can help with. Let young and older children alike mix all the ingredients together. They will love adding the spices and seeing how the ingredients come together to make a delicious dessert.

3. Ham Crostinis

These yummy appetizers are great for letting your kids help you in the kitchen. Using a small glass cup, let your children cut out rounds from the bread. Older kids can help make the ricotta spread and build the appetizers.

4. Parmesan Herb Bubble Bread

This dinner roll bread has a fun name and a delicious taste that kids will love. Let your children roll each ball of the dough in an herb and cheese mixture. They will also love watching through the oven window as the bread rises and bakes.


5. Vegetable Tian

This beautifully Thanksgiving side dish is a great dish to make with your children. Slice all the vegetables before you start assembling it. That way you can keep small hands from getting in the way and minimize accidents. If your kids are young, help teach patterns with this dish.

6. Cream Biscuits

If you have biscuits at Thanksgiving dinner instead of bread, let your children help you make this dish. Let your children help mix the dough together. They will love cutting the biscuits out with cookie cutters or glasses.

7. Pumpkin Pie Fudge

This Thanksgiving dessert is a great dish to make with children. Let the kids chip in by helping to stir–they’ll be fascinated by the boiling and change in texture as the fudge cooks. Keep an eye on young ones because the hot sugar can be quite dangerous.

8. Pecan Clusters

This is a great dessert for children to help make. Microwave the chocolate and let them stir it until it melts. Throw in your favorite nuts and candy to add texture to this treat. If they still have Halloween candy, and if they’re willing to part with some, chop up the chocolate bars and candy to add.


9. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Help your little ones roll some Rice Krispies into pretty little Autumn pumpkins! Top with a pretzel and some green icing.

10. Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

These sweet little treats make a fantastic dessert for both adults and children but can be made with the help of little ones! Given them the job of dipping the apple slices and sprinkling with pecans. So fun!

11. Apple Pie Bites

Did you prepare the Thanksgiving feast but forget to bake dessert? Keep calm and makes these apple pie bites! They’re incredibly easy and because of this, your kids can help you put them together. However, Depending on their age, you may want to pre-cut the apple slices.

12. Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Chex mix is a crowd favorite. Create a pumpkin spice flavored snack with the assistance of your little ones. All you’ll need are a few ingredients and a microwave to get the job done.


13. Pie Cheese And Crackers

Create an unforgettable appetizer for your guests with this pie cheese and cracker recipe. Set the ingredients out, cut the cheese into triangle shapes, and then let your little ones assemble them.

14. Pumpkin Cheeseball

Cheese balls are great for parties and our recipe is so easy you can let your kids make it. You won’t even need a pumpkin mold because the pumpkin shape is created from plastic wrap and elastics. Set the ingredients out, give them instructions, and they’ll have it ready in no time.

15. Place Card Cookies

Grandparents (and parents) love thoughtful gifts from kids. Make these personalized edible place cards with your kids by using their handprints! They’re so precious that Grandma and Grandpa might not want to eat them, but when they do they’ll see how delicious they are too.

16. Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies

A classic treat gets a Thanksgiving makeover with this recipe. Rice Krispies are easy and your kids can get their hands dirty whipping this treat into shape. A round cake pan and some orange food coloring will help you create these pumpkin pie Rice Krispies.


17. Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Cheery cheesecake dip can be a sweet appetizer or a unique dessert. The layers require minimal effort making it an easy recipe your kids can put together. Serve with tasty wafers or graham crackers.

18. Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

These chocolate caramel turkey legs scream creativity. This unique dessert is easy and your kids will have fun with this one! Pretzel sticks, caramel candies, and chocolate is all you’ll need to create them.

19. Homemade Butter

What is Thanksgiving dinner without a delicious dinner roll? Go the extra mile and make homemade butter. It’s so easy all you’ll need is a mason jar and heavy whipping cream. When finished add a bit of salt or a seasoning of your choice for a delicious touch. Your kids will surely have fun making this recipe!

20. Cranberry Crescent Rolls

Cranberry sauce will most likely be on the Thanksgiving table but why not try adding it to your crescent rolls for a delightful treat. Spread cranberry sauce on store-bought crescent roll dough and roll up. They’re so easy your kids probably won’t even need supervision!


21. Stuffins

A muffin tin will be your best friends for this recipe! You might want to saute the onions and celery, but your kids can do the rest of the preparation. These single-sized stuffins are great for Thanksgiving dinner and for leftovers too.

22. Mashed Potato Casserole

You’ll want to peel and chop the potatoes but once they’re cooked let your little ones mash them up and add in all the creamy and delicious ingredients. You can also make this side dish ahead and alleviate some of the work on the big day!

23. Crock Pot Apple Cider

Every Thanksgiving needs a special drink. Lay out the ingredients and have your kids pour all the ingredients into the Crockpot.  Crockpot recipes are awesome because you can set it, and forget it! The aroma will be quite inviting too.

24. Cranberry Brie Bites

Create a gourmet looking appetizer that is so easy your kids can create it. A muffin tin will help you create the perfect single-sized servings and along with that all you’ll need are 4 ingredients.


25. Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

Whip up a quick and easy appetizer like meatballs for Thanksgiving. You’ll need a package of frozen meatballs and a few ingredients to create a simple homemade sauce! It’s so simple even your little ones can help you!

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