Having kids at your Thanksgiving festivities? Here are a few simple ideas to add to your kids table. See all of our ideas from year’s past here.
Start by covering the table in white paper. This way after dinner kids can keep busy drawing pictures and playing games (tic-tac-toe, anyone?). We added a fun table runner and lots of leaves. Don’t be afraid to use real dishes. We used small china plates and fun glasses we found at a local thrift shop. Give kids sparkling cider or apple cider for a fun treat. Small carmel apples make great place cards, and are an added dessert or can be sent home for later.
We hope you have a lovely day with those special to you.
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We’re sharing one last Thanksgiving project with you before the big day tomorrow. We found this free printable from Craftily Ever After last fall and fell in love with it. Its simple message and beautiful design made for a perfect Thanksgiving decoration. We printed it to fit in a frame we already had on hand and set it out to enjoy.
This is a perfect last minute decoration for your Thanksgiving celebration.
Thank you so much to Jessica at Craftily Ever After for her wonderful printable. Visit Craftily Ever After by clicking the link in the previous sentence and you can download your copy of the printable.
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Today’s last minute project comes from Silly Eagle Books. These adorable turkeys were made with feathers, googly eyes, construction paper, glue, and toilet paper tubes. Children of all ages will enjoy making a turkey and it is so simple even a younger child could do it almost on his/her own (although some patience may be required with the colored feathers).
This would be a great project to set up at a craft table for any children at your Thanksgiving celebration. Just leave out the supplies and the kids will be able to get creative all on their own. If you don’t have any feathers don’t fret we think paper feathers would be just as cute!
Even though Thanksgiving is on Thursday there is still lots of time for some last minute projects. We’ll be sharing three ideas we found and loved. The best part being there is still time to complete them!
Today we’re sharing a Gratitude Turkey Treat Jar from Toddler Approved!
image via toddlerapproved.blogspot.com
Using some craft paper, googly eyes, a baby food jar, and some candy Kristina, from Toddler Approved!, made a wonderful gift for a special friend or family member at Thanksgiving. She made this with her son for as a gift for his father. Each feather has a special activity or a reason he is grateful for his dad.
It’s a simple craft that would bring lots of joy to any person that receives one. For the full instructions from Toddler Approved! click here.
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While working as a nanny of 3 I found dinners were often more enjoyable if we played a game. One of the game we liked to play was “Through the Green Glass Door“. If you have not played this game before it is very simple. At least one of the players must know the rules of what can go through the green glass door and what cannot. Words with a pair of identical letters can go through the green glass door. Every person takes a turn guessing what can go through the green glass door. An example would be “I can take a book, but not a magazine through the green glass door.” People who know the rule have fun coming up with word pairs to confuse the other players. People who have not played before have fun trying to figure out what the rule is.
For Thanksgiving this year I changed up the game a tiny bit to fit in with a Thanksgiving theme. Instead of figuring out what can go through the green glass door, figure out what will be on your dinner plate.
Using the phrase “At my yummy Thanksgiving dinner I’ll eat…” as a starter for word pairs. Examples of correct statements would be:
” At my yummy Thanksgiving dinner I’ll eat carrots, but not corn.”
“At my yummy Thanksgiving dinner I’ll eat eggs, but not bacon.”
“At my yummy Thanksgiving dinner I’ll eat sweet potatoes, but not yams.”
“At my yummy Thanksgiving dinner I’ll eat cookies, but not pie.”
It will for sure be a fun time and can get especially silly as people start using the first word they can think of with an identical letter pair even if it is not a food. Does your family have any games you like to play at the dinner table? We’d love to hear your ideas.
Also be sure to visit Eva Lauryn on etsy for a closer look at the adorable felt food pictured above.
We’ll be sharing a few more Thanksgiving ideas next week so be sure to visit us again.
Today’s recipe is one good for any part of your Thanksgiving celebration no matter if its served before, during of after the big meal it will be a big hit. Thanksgiving Blessings Trail Mix is a simple way to help remember what this holiday is really about. Each ingredient is carefully chosen to serve as a symbol of Thanksgiving.
Mix the ingredients in whatever proportions you think your guests would most enjoy.
- Bugles (the cornucopia shaped corn chip)
- Nuts and/or seeds (we used almonds and sunflower seeds)
- Small Pretzels
- Candy Corn (if you have any leftover from Halloween this is a great way to use it up)
- Dried Fruit (we used dried cherries)
- M&Ms (every trail mix needs a little chocolate!)
We’re sharing our Thanksgiving Blessings Trail Mix Sign. You can put it next to your bowl of trail mix so all of your guests know why all of the ingredients were chosen. Ours measured 5×7 inches.
To save the picture to your computer make sure to click on the picture above, this will take you to a separate screen and make sure you get the highest resolution for the print. In the second page click on the picture again so that it is too big for the screen. Finally, you can right click and save to your computer. Please use and enjoy this free printable!
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It is just as easy to make cranberry sauce from scratch as it is to open up the can of of the pre-made sauce. Kids can help measure out the ingredients and if they don’t already enjoy cranberry sauce they might be more inclined to try it if they helped make it.
Here is a classic recipe we thought we’d share.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 12oz. package of fresh cranberries
- A pinch of orange zest
1. Wash cranberries and pick out any that are not good. In a saucepan bring the water and sugar to a boil, stir occasionally to dissolve sugar.
2. Add cranberries and orange zest and the return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until cranberries have all burst.
3. Remove your cranberry sauce from heat and let it cool completely at room temperature.
4. When cool cover and store in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until you’re ready to enjoy! It will thicken a bit after standing.
If you’re going somewhere else for Thanksgiving this is a great item to offer to bring. You can make it ahead of time and you don’t have to worry about heating it up. A handmade gift tag attached to the container or jar makes it an excellent gift to bring to any Thanksgiving party you might be going to. If you have extra you can also freeze it to enjoy later.
Today we are sharing a delicious and healthy appetizer idea, mini-muffin pan frittatas.
These two-bite sized fritattas make a perfect appetizer because they can be made ahead of time and served either warm or at room temperature so they don’t have to take up precious oven space on Thanksgiving.
Starting with a basic recipe for frittatas from Family Fun we customized it bit. We wanted to bake ours in a mini-muffin pan instead of a regular sized one and used milk instead of half & half. This recipe made about 18 mini-muffin frittatas.
We made spinach and cheddar cheese frittatas, but you could use whatever flavors/vegetables your family loves. Kids will love to help with all the mixing as well as coming up with the mix in ideas!
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped spinach thawed & drained
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a mini-muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add the spinach and cheese and mix until well blended.
4. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full.
5. Optional: sprinkle some extra cheese on the tops of the frittatas before you bake them.
6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The frittatas will have puffed up and the edges will be golden brown.
Let them sit at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini-muffin pan. Enjoy and be ready for these tasty appetizers to be eaten up quickly!
This week we’ll be sharing some great recipes that kids will love to help make and both kids and adults will love to eat. We’re going to start off the week with something sweet, haystacks.
Haystacks are a delicious treat made from chow mein noodles, mini marshmallows, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter. They are sweet, crunchy, and simple to make. Kids can help with the measuring, mixing, and of course with the eating!
We used a haystacks recipe from Nestle Toll House. We melted our butterscotch chips in the microwave and have posted this version below for you to use.
- 1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) butterscotch chips
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 can (8.5 oz.) or 2 cans (5 oz. each) chow mein noodles
- 3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1. Line cookie sheets or trays with wax paper or with silicone baking mats.
2. Put the butterscotch chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave chips for 1 minute at medium-high power (70%).
3. Stir, the butterscotch chips may still retain some of their shape. Continue microwaving in 10-15 second intervals at medium-high power (70%) until melted.
4. Add peanut butter to the melted butterscotch chips and stir until well blended.
5. Fold in marshmallows and chow mein noodles. Mix until completely and evenly covered.
6. Drop onto prepared trays/cookie sheets. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Haystacks are a perfect Thanksgiving dessert kids can make.