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Thanksgiving Scented Pinecone Craft

The sweet scent of cinnamon, a pinch of allspice and the fragrant scent of cloves. These are the smells of Thanksgiving! That said, you don’t have to spend all day baking in the kitchen just to make your home smell like you did. Store-bought ‘autumn’ or Thanksgiving themed air fresheners don’t exactly smell real – and a plastic-covered container isn’t festive to look at. Instead of going with a chemical scent, make your own using natural materials and real spices. Thanksgiving scented pinecones bring the smell of fall into your home, while giving you a decoratively crafty display. Materials: Pinecones...

Thanksgiving Marshmallow Rice Cereal Treats

Rice cereal treats are much more than a childhood favorite! You can dress these cute little squares up for a holiday (or two). If you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving dessert to make for your turkey-day dinner, whip up a batch of these themed cereal treats. This recipe is simple enough for the kids to help you make, while being completely versatile. Serve them at home, take them to a friend’s for dinner or bring them to your child’s Thanksgiving party at school. Ingredients: 6 cups rice cereal 4 cups mini marshmallows 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups butterscotch chips 1...

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Kids’ Craft

Kid-created Thanksgiving décor brightens the family holiday table. If you’re looking for a simple craft that kids from preschool and up can create, the Pilgrim hat art activity is for you! Instead of the typical dark Pilgrim hat, this craft switches things up and adds an autumn flare to the dinner table. Use fall-themed colors to make these Thanksgiving table toppers. When the crafting is done, set the hats out as decorations, add labels to them and make place cards or use them as mini vases to hold dried flowers. Materials: Card stock paper in fall hues (yellow, orange, red...

Thanksgiving Cookie Ball Truffle Recipe

Between the turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing you barely have enough time to think about the Thanksgiving desserts. If you don’t want to go the store-bought sweets route, but need something quick and easy, a holiday cookie ball truffle is the perfect option. Combine a sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie into one dessert creation. Not only are these super-simple to make, but the kids can get in on the action and help you to whip them up! Ingredients: Crème-filled golden (or vanilla) sandwich cookies 6 oz. softened cream cheese Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice White chocolate (or butterscotch chips)...

Veteran’s Day Kids’ Activities

November 11th marks Veteran’s Day. This U.S. holiday is a special time to celebrate, recognize and give thanks to the brave men and women who served in our armed forces. Whether you have a family member who is a vet or not, you can still honor those in the armed services. How can kids celebrate Veteran’s Day? Check out these child-friendly activities for this national holiday! Write a Letter Help your child to handwrite a note to an active-duty member of the military who is stationed overseas. Better yet, give your little artist a piece of paper, markers and crayons...

Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner Placemat Craft

You’re getting ready to set the holiday table for Thanksgiving dinner. You pull out the same old placemats that you’ve been using for years. Why go with the ready-made ones when the kids could handcraft new versions each year? These turkey feathered placemats (using faux craft feathers, and not the real thing) are super-simple and festively fun! The best part is that they’re easy enough to make that even young children (as young as 3-years-old) can get in on the crafting action! Materials: Craft foam sheets (either use single 8x10-inch sheets or trim down a larger size) Scissors Craft feathers...

Thanksgiving Place Card Craft

Set the Thanksgiving table with a cute craft that the kids create! Kids can make simple place cards that don’t require serious crafting knowledge. Before your holiday celebration kicks into high gear, slow things down, have the kids take a seat and get artsy with this easy project. When it’s time for the guests to arrive, the kids can set the table – adding their holiday creations to each place setting! Materials: Light-colored card stock paper (you’ll need a thick stock to stand up) Markers Scissors Tempera paint (in fall colors) Instructions: Place an 8x10-inch piece of card stock paper...

Thanksgiving Turkey Table-Topper DIY

Do you need a cute little table-topper for Thanksgiving dinner? What about a few? Have the kids get crafty and create turkey table-toppers out of regular household items (and a few artsy items)! Materials: Bathroom cups Card stock paper Clear drying school glue Googley eyes Markers Scissors Felt Instructions: Cover two paper bathroom-sized cups with brown, tan or yellow craft felt. Cut the felt to the size needed, and glue it onto the cups. Glue the cups together, end to end. If the cups won't balance (without falling over), stack one on top of the other. Make the bottom cup's...

Kids’ Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Craft

Before you dress the Thanksgiving table with pricey décor, get crafty and help the kids create holiday turkey-themed napkin rings! This easy-to-make art activity lets you repurpose those old paper towel rolls, while making a decorative place setting piece. The kids will love getting in on the holiday action, and you’ll enjoy helping them to get creative. Materials: A cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll) Craft felt Scissors Clear-drying glue Card stock paper A marker Googley eyes Instructions: Draw a bowling ball pin shape onto a piece of card stock paper. Making it roughly three to four-inches tall. If...

Halloween Candy Recipes

Along with trick-or-treating comes the obligatory mountain of Halloween candy. While letting the kids snack on some of it is part of the celebration, you can also use the sweets to make a few creative goodies! Halloween S’mores You’ve already got the chocolate covered. So, why not add in a marshmallow and two graham crackers? Pop the stack into the microwave for a few seconds or toast the marshmallow outside. If you want to go bold, add a caramel or cookie bar. Candy Surprise Brownies Bake a batch of ooey, gooey chocolate brownies filled with Halloween candy! Chop up a...