Whether you’re entertaining all the aunts and uncles and cousins from out of town or having a quiet day with your family this Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to have activities to keep the kids occupied (especially when the dropping temperatures make it harder to herd them outside). Here are some great ideas to get the family doing some fun crafts and participating in some thanks-inspiring activities!
Not only will having their little pieces of art as the centerpieces of the Thanksgiving table make them feel special, but they’ll give you small keepsakes to use for years to come. Make a quick trip to the dollarstore or your local craft store to grab what you’ll need. Click on the link to see step-by-step instructions from the creative minds at the spoonful.com blog (http://spoonful.com/crafts/glowbird).
Or, if you have little ones who are a bit younger, you can turn this fun turkey craft into an afternoon, outdoor excursion for Thanksgiving day. These adorable orange-pinecone-leaf turkeys are easy to make and use items that you probably already have in your kitchen and backyard.
Follow the step-by-step instructions on the website to help your little ones feel like they’re a part of the holiday preparations (http://www.parenting.com/article/gobble-gobble-turkey).
If you’re looking for thanks-inspiring details for your Thanksgiving table, try making these craft paper placemats. Have everyone share what he or she wrote with the rest of the table before you dig into the pumpkin pie! (http://theglitterguide.com/2013/11/18/diy-to-try-thanksgiving-entertaining/)
Use these pretty calligraphy print-outs or create your own by cutting out strips of paper in your favorite fall shades (http://www.secondhandwithstyle.com/2010/11/diy-thanksgiving-round-up.html). Have each family member date their strip of paper and then write when they’re most thankful for before adding it to the chain. Over the years, you can pull out the previous year’s chain and reminisce over past and present blessings. Or make one big chain with all the years strung together!
If you’re the one travelling to visit family this Thanksgiving and want to take more than your traditional contribution of green bean casserole and pecan pie, have the kids help you put together one of these fall themed gifts to say thank you to the hosting family members. Tie cinnamon sticks around a vanilla scented pillar candle for a delicious smelling gift. See on Pinterest
If you have a green thumb in the family, buy some succulents like elephants ear or jade and have fun decorating the terra cotta planter with painted designs. Or, for a more personalized touch, have the kids write to the recipient things they love about them and are thankful for. They’re sure to keep the pot long after the plant has died. These are great thanksgiving craft ideas.