While the adults toil away in the kitchen, even children as young as 2 or 3 years old can create homemade decorations to make the dining area more festive. Simply provide the necessary supplies (construction or butcher paper, crayons and markers, scissors and glue), and keep a watchful eye as children create one-of-a-kind place mats that can be laminated and saved for future feasts. Popular themes for Thanksgiving place mats and other crafts include turkeys, Pilgrims and pumpkins. Children can also create Thanksgiving-themed napkin rings, table toppers and place cards for each guest to admire while enjoying the meal. Some hostesses use decorating as an opportunity to remind guests of the true meaning of Thanksgiving. "I love having my kids create their own Thanksgiving tree by writing their blessings and people they are thankful for on multicolored construction paper leaves," said Michelle Crouthamel, a mother of two in Spring Hill, Tenn. "Then, they glue the leaves onto a brown tree trunk and branches that can be displayed for Thanksgiving dinner and beyond." For more Thanksgiving décor ideas, try these HowStuffWorks Turkey Crafts.