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Give thanks for your little helpers.

Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie are probably prominent on your Thanksgiving menu — but you surely don’t want a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room to disrupt your holiday plans. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving can propose a host of hazards for your curious little chefs. Here are the best ways to include young ones in the fun — safely.

Bring little shoppers to the grocery store.

Have your children help you compile your grocery list, and bring them with you when you go to the store to assist you in finding the items you need to create your Thanksgiving meal. You can even make shopping into a contest — see how many items from the list your child can find in each aisle (with your supervision, of course).

Put their artistic skills to work.

Add a personalized touch to your Thanksgiving table by letting children create the centerpiece and decorations. Supplies they could use include construction paper, crayons and markers, pinecones, fall foliage, ribbons, glitter and more. Crafts are a great way to keep young ones busy while you’re cooking, and they will enjoy the admiration of your dinner guests when the table is prepared with their creations.

Keep their eyes on the pies.

Pumpkin pie is generally a safe recipe for children to put together. They can work on rolling out the dough, adding the spices and hand-mixing the ingredients together, while you beat the eggs and shape the pie crust. The final creation will be that much more delicious to them knowing that they helped make it.

Let them prep the produce.

Set up a colander at the sink and let your child scrub off the potatoes, carrots, apples and other fruits and veggies. Older children can also be tasked with mashing up the potatoes, shucking corn and ripping apart heads of lettuce and cabbage for the salad. Just don’t let little cooks handle sharp knives or other potentially dangerous utensils.

Take a break while the kids clear the dishes.

Younger children can be left in charge of removing silverware and napkins from the table, while older children can help bring empty plates, bowls and glasses — just avoid letting them handle any fine china that could break. At this point in the dinner, everyone is getting a bit restless anyway, so this task lets kids get up and move while still offering a helping hand.

We advise that parents and guardians supervise children during any Thanksgiving activities. For any non-life-threatening kitchen mishaps, your nearest WellNow Urgent Care is open for normal hours the days before and after Thanksgiving, and from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. We look forward to helping you get back to being well, so you can get back to your holidays.

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