I was looking at a calendar last night and realized how close Thanksgiving is -- only 9 days away! Wow, I've got lots to do! First off, I need to make a coffee date with my sister-in-law Aimee to plan out our meal. But, I'm also thinking about the other fun things that we can incorporate into this very special family day. I have a feeling that Aimee and I will be pretty busy with the cooking, so I'd love to have some father-supervision-friendly activities for the kids to do before we enjoy our feast.
Here are a few things that just might be happening at our Thanksgiving:
- Thanksgiving Apple Turkey Placeholders - It has become a tradition with my girls to make "turkeys" out of apples on Thanksgiving day. Originally, we used spice drops on toothpicks to make the "feathers" for our turkeys. Last year, we got a little more health-conscious and used dried fruit instead. It's fun craft that keeps the kids busy for a bit...and it can be a snack for them as well to tide them over until the feast.
- Thanksgiving Printables - I'm planning on having a few printables for the girls to keep the girls busy if they tire of playing. Family Fun has some cute ones like an Activity Placemat, a Thanksgiving Fill-Them-In Tale, a Leaf-Diving Fun Coloring Page, and a Cornucopia Coloring Page.
- Gratitude Journal - Life Your Way is offering this FREE collection of 32 printable cards to create your own gratitude journal. I think we'll print out a bunch of these cards and let the girls create their own little journals. They can either draw pictures, write the words, or have an adult help them write the words. This could be such a fun little keepsake for them.
- Paper Chain Garland - I never got around to decorating my mantel for Fall, but I plan on doing it for Christmas. E has expressed interest in helping with the decorating, so why not let her be involved where she can? A paper chain garland is an easy, kid-friendly craft - check out Life Your Way for this easy paper chain garland tutorial. I'm thinking of having pre-cut strips of paper that the girls can put together in a garland. It will keep them busy...and it will help us decorate after Thanksgiving.
Do you plan any fun things for your kids to do on Thanksgiving?