Age Appropriate Thanksgiving Tasks

Thanksgiving can be a stressful time as you prepare a magnificent feast and decorate your home for guests. Here is a list of tasks that are age appropriate for each member of your family so they can help lighten your load and learn the importance of serving others.

Ages 5-9:

  • Picking up toys and keeping family room tidy
  • Setting the table
  • Helping with holiday baking (stirring, decorating, etc.)
  • Folding napkins
  • Creating table decorations or the centerpiece
  • Creating place cards


Ages 10-15:

  • Polishing silverware
  • Serving food
  • Clearing the table
  • Helping with cooking, baking, and food prep
  • Taking out the trash
  • Peeling vegetables and simple food preparation
  • Washing dishes
  • Vacuuming, cleaning, dusting
  • Yard work, raking leaves
  • Washing dishes
  • Planning activities for before or after the meal


Ages 16-Adults:

  • Running errands, picking up last-minute ingredients
  • Cooking and overseeing kitchen helpers
  • Washing dishes
  • Ironing table linens
  • Preparing guest rooms
  • Babysitting or entertaining younger children


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