• thanksgiving

    Welcome to Thanksgiving on the Net

    Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons. So here for your entertainment are some fun Holiday things for you and your family. We've got stories of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, turkeys to take home, holiday pictures for the kids to print and color, tasty holiday recipes and e-greeting cards to send your friends and family. We hope you find something you like! Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. There...

Holiday Party Games for Kids

Christmas is coming and you need something to entertain the kids during your holiday parties. Crafts are cute, but difficult to do with a broad age range during a major family get-together. So, you’re looking for a few games. These holiday arty kids’ activity options are easy to adapt for children of all ages, and will keep everyone busy during your next Christmas party. Snowball Relay Okay, so you can’t bring real snowballs inside. Or, at least, doing so might get messy. Instead, blow up snowball-sized white balloons. Split the kids into two equal teams. Line them up and give...

Menorah Kids’ Crafts for Hanukkah

You light the menorah on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. As you add a flame to each candle, your young child sits back and watches. Obviously, your preschooler is too little to handle to real candles (with flames). Instead of feeling left out, include your child with her own handmade menorah. When you light each candle on the real deal, she can add a tissue paper or construction paper flame to hers. Check out these crafty Hanukkah menorah ideas. Cardboard Tubes Recycle and reuse those paper towel tubes, and turn them into a faux menorah. Cut the tubes...

Kids’ Activities for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Each year this day focuses on one specific theme. In 2016 the theme is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” Mark this special day with a few themed activities that will help to teach your children about disabilities and being inclusive. Goal List Grab a marker, a crayon or a set of pencils and help the kids to create their own “17 Goals.” Talk about different disabilities and how your children (or their school, their community, society) can be more inclusive. Ask the kids to list out 17...

Christmas Holiday Breakfast Tradition

What’s your Christmas holiday tradition? Is it a special breakfast celebration? Whether you already have an existing breakfast plan or are looking for something new, check out these Christmas Day buffet ideas! Not only are they tasty, but they also get the whole gang together. That’s right, these are completely kid-friendly. Along with enjoying the buffet, your child can also help you to prep the meal too. DIY Donuts If you’re a baker (or happen to have a donut maker on hand), go ahead and make your own donuts. If not, buy plain ready-made ones. Set out a buffet of...

International Volunteer Day Ideas for Young Children

December 5th is International Volunteer Day! Celebrating this day gives you the chance to show your child how important helping others is. Obviously, not all children can volunteer. Or, at least, very young children may be restricted by their age. Volunteer opportunities such as serving homeless people at a community kitchen aren’t always options (organizations typically only allow older teens and adults to work with food prep and serving). So, what can your young child do to mark International Volunteer Day? Collect Food, warm clothes, blankets, toys. These are all items that many charitable organizations need. Whether it’s canned goods...

Thanksgiving Menu-Making Kids’ Activity

You’ve spent hours (or maybe even days) preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Now it’s the kids’ chance to help! Even if they can’t do the actual cooking, they can make a menu. Hand out pieces of paper, give the kids markers or crayons and let them get artsy. This kids’ holiday art activity isn’t just a way to pass the time on Thanksgiving Day. It also helps you by letting them create dazzling décor. Use the kid-made menus as part of your table set-up. Make them into centerpieces or use them as over-sized name cards. Materials: Card stock paper (use 8x10-inch sheets)...

Black Friday Family Fun Shopping Games

The turkey is cooking and the Thanksgiving table is set. But, you’re done dreaming about pumpkin pies and mashed sweet potatoes. What’s on your mind? Shopping! The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, and it’s all about getting the good deals (and a jump on your Christmas and Hanukkah gift list). But, you have to bring the kids along with you. And, while you adore spending time with them, they aren’t feeling the same thrill when it comes to shopping as you do. What can you do to keep the kids happy during the Black Friday sales shopping spree? Check...

Thanksgiving Still Life Art Activity for Kids

You’re busy in the kitchen, trying to get Thanksgiving dinner ready. You’ve got the cranberries out, the potatoes are chopped and there are piles of spices everywhere. As you’re prepping away, the kids are saying, “We’re bored!” They’re picking the cranberries out of the pile and they’re knocking over your perfectly measured cups of milk and flour. Before banning them from the kitchen, try an artsy activity that uses what you’ve already got. The kids can draw their own still life artworks, with the Thanksgiving meal as their inspiration. This doesn’t mean that they need to wait until the meal...

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet potato casserole, sweet potato hash and mashed sweet potatoes. Oh, so many ways to prepare these tasty little treats for Thanksgiving. Along with some of the more complex recipes, you can also create a basic (and completely custom-made) sweet potato side that is perfect for the kids. What is it? Sweet potato toast! If you’re saying, “Sweet potato toast? Really?” you aren’t alone. It does sound sort of strange. But, it’s entirely easy. And, the best part is that the kiddos can top it with whatever they want. This cuts out some of the, “Mommy, I don’t like that”...

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Seed Mosaic

You’re all in for making a homemade pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. From scratch. Now you have a heaping helping of pumpkin seeds just sitting around. Dry them, dye them and use them for a Thanksgiving kids’ craft! Your child can create a mock mosaic that features a turkey, cornucopia or other holiday display. Materials: Pumpkin seeds Food coloring Plastic baggies Clear-drying school glue Card stock paper A pencil A paintbrush Instructions: Clean and dry the seeds. Divide them among the bags. Use as many bags as your child wants. Each bag will be one color. If she wants five colors,...