Posts Tagged "thanksgiving"

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)...

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,...

Thanksgiving Hand Print Turkeys

The Thanksgiving turkey is more than the centerpiece of a festive holiday meal! It’s also the prime subject matter for fall kids’ arts and crafts. Combine color mixing with Thanksgiving art in this simple painted shape turkey craft. Your child can play with the paint and create a cute turkey. Display the art on your walls, use it as holiday dinner décor, laminate the artwork to make a placemat or make mini versions that you turn into place cards. Materials: Card stock paper Tempera paints A paintbrush Scissors Googley eyes Clear drying school glue Instructions: Paint your child’s fingers (on...

The Best Thanksgiving Day Parades

Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing. There’s also the entertainment aspect. What’s the best way to feel entertained during the holiday? Going to a parade! Thanksgiving brings out some of the best parades across the country. Where can you go to catch one of these magnificent marches? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade It’s the top of the tops when it comes to Thanksgiving Day parades. Held annually on (obviously) Thanksgiving, 2015 marks its 89th season! The parade features more than 8,000 participants (including top-tier celebrities, the famous Radio City Rockettes and of course – Santa). This major New...

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)...