Involve your whole family in preparing your Thanksgiving feast by visiting your local farmers' market together. There, you'll find all sorts of holiday treats like Indian corn, colorful squashes, fresh cranberries and pumpkin pies. As you gather the goodies, teach your children about the traditions behind each food. For example, corn was a staple crop among Native Americans. It was typically made into cornmeal to be used in such dishes as corn bread and corn pudding, and it was dried to preserve during the cold winter months as well. None of the corn went to waste: The husks were weaved to make such items as sleeping mats, moccasins and dolls. The cobs were even used as fuel for fires. We have the Native Americans to thank for corn. They offered the Pilgrims seeds and taught them how to grow and cook the vegetable.
Once home, help your little ones make a centerpiece using the squashes, corn and cranberries. It's a tradition that you could enjoy for many holiday dinners to come.