This centerpiece is so easy the kids can make it all by themselves!

Thanksgiving Dinner Table
Credit: Buff Strickland

What You'll Need

  • 16" to 18" sticks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper grocery bags
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Tall drinking glasses
  • Beans
  • Lentils or split peas

Make It

  1. Paint sticks different colors and let dry.
  2. Cut 5" circles from grocery bags and cut 3-1/2" circles from white paper. Mount white circles on top of brown ones with glue and let dry. Write letters on each of the white circles to write a Thanksgiving sentiment (we spelled out "Give Thanks").
  3. Glue each circle to a painted stick and anchor in a glass full of beans, lentils, or split peas. Display down the center of your dining table or along a buffet.

Originally published in the November 2009 issue of Parents magazine

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