Thanksgiving is just one week away, and it’s time to start thinking about some festive crafts, activities, and recipes for the big day. Below are some ideas to get you started.
Fingerprint Turkey: Cut out the shapes of the turkey’s body using construction paper and glue to the paper, or paint the turkey. Then using paint or stamp pads, stamp your fingerprints to create the feathers.
Sunflower of Thanks: All you need for this craft is construction paper and glue. Cut out a brown circle for the center and yellow petal shapes. Glue the petals around the center, then pass it around at Thanksgiving for everyone to write what they are thankful for.
Candy Corn on the Cob: Cut out corn cob shapes using construction paper and glue on candy corn pieces, then add decorative ribbon. You may want to glue a piece of thicker paper to the back to hold the weight of the candy corn.
Harvest Hunt: Start by raking a pile of leaves onto a tarp. Then hide various wrapped treats, candy, and small toys in the pile. Let the kids jump in and keep whatever they find.
Turkey Chase: Play a chasing game turkey-style. Instead of being a scary monster, sing the song below while doing the suggested actions, then have fun chasing your child.
[Sung to: "The Bunny Hop"]
Do the turkey hop
Do the turkey run
Do the turkey gobble
It's a lot of fun
Now flap your wings
Like the turkeys do
Then run from the farmer
Before he catches you!!
Pumpkin Pie Dip: Pumpkin pie can be a bit hit or miss with kids, but most enjoy dipping. This pumpkin pie dip recipe is easy to make and requires no baking. Some ideas to dip with include apples, gingersnap cookies, and graham crackers.
Turkey Tracks: This is a fun and easy appetizer. All you need is crackers, spreadable cheese, and chow mein noodles. Spread the cheese on the crackers and then arrange the chow mein noodles to look like turkey footprints.
Corn Crips: Most kids like corn, but it can be a bit messy to eat. This Thanksgiving, try making corn crisps. These can be made ahead of time and then put in the over for a few minutes when you are ready to eat them.