Oktoberfest is almost here and I can't wait to celebrate! If you aren't familiar with Oktoberfest, it's a German festival that began as a royal wedding celebration in 1810 and it's been celebrated ever since - with some cancellations due to extenuating circumstances. Even if you can't make it to Munich to celebrate the old-fashioned way, you can still celebrate with your children at home for a taste of German culture. Read on for 6 ways to celebrate Oktoberfest with Kids!
1. Listen and Dance to some German Polka!
Not sure where to start? Teach your child the Chicken dance that we all learned in kindergarten.
2. Make soft pretzels
Soft pretzels are a staple at Oktoberfest celebrations, they're easy to make, and they're absolutely delicious! You can make your own (kids will love trying to shape them) with an easy recipe like this one -OR- you can hit the town to find one at a German restaurant or an Auntie Anne's. No judgement here.
3. Weave a placemat
The blue and white of the Bavarian flag are all over Oktoberfest party supplies. If you can't find any at a store, you and your child can make one by weaving strips of white and blue paper together.
There are multiple races at Oktoberfest celebrations, including horse races, tricycle races, and races where competitors carry drinks and try not to spill any as they run. Which race would you and your kids enjoy the most?
5. Make Lebkuchenhertz Necklaces
These necklaces are traditionally made from gingerbread and decorated. You can make your own with a tasty recipe like this from the official Oktoberfest website, or you can make a longer-lasting version out of brown felt and craft supplies.
6. Eat delicious German food!
Concerned that the kids may not be a fan of sauerkraut? Start with the familiar and use the German names for foods already in their comfort zone. A bratwurst (like a hotdog) or schnitzel (pounded, breaded and fried meat) is a great place to start. For slightly less picky eaters, try a spaetzle (potato noodles - usually with onions and cheese), konigsberger klopse (German meatballs), or a German potato salad or marinated cucumber salad! If you do introduce them to sauerkraut, don't forget to have a camera ready!
Which activity are you most excited to try? Do you have more ideas for celebrating Oktoberfest with kids to share? We would love to hear from you!
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