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Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Activities and Crafts

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It’s that time of year again! Not only is it the day you fill your stomachs with Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Apple Pie, it’s a day to spend with family and friends. There are many fun activities you can do on this glorious day.

Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday to commemorate a harvest festival by the Pilgrims in 1621. Show your thanks this year by doing something selfless to show your compassion.

  1. Send a holiday care package to a soldier: Many men and women in the military are  out of the country and away from their families for Thanksgiving. Any Soldier is an organization that has provided care packages to over 96,000 service members. Check out their website at www.anysoldier.com to see the extensive list of popular items requested my soldiers overseas and thank them for their hard work and dedication to serving our country.
  2. Serve Thanksgiving Dinner at a Homeless Shelter: Many donate food to the homeless for the holidays. Lend your hands at a local homeless shelter to prepare, cook, and serve a tasty meal for those in need. To find a shelter in your area, visit this searchable directory at www.homelessshelterdirectory.org. Call your local homeless shelter to see if they’re still accepting volunteers. If not, this deed is something to keep in mind for next year. All shelters are acceptiong donations, which could help all those in need too!
  3. Just say THANKS: Share all the things that you’re thankful for on Facebook, Twitter, and in your own home. Voicing your gratitude is the first step in becoming a great role model for your kids, family and friends.

A fun activity to do for Thanksgiving  is take a piece of paper for each person in the house and write down something you love about them, and give an example. For instance, I wrote that I  love how giving and caring my friend is for others. She saves soda cans in order to give to her son. When they have enough cans to turn in for money, they donate it to a local animal shelter.

Crafts

Decorate and liven up the house this Thanksgiving with homemade crafts and materials you can find around the house. Here are some ideas for you and your children:

Hand Turkey: Take a piece of paper and pencil, and trace your hand. Put a beak onto your thumb and color each finger a different color to show the different colors of feathers. Give your new turkey a name and stick it on the refrigerator for all to see!


Pilgrim Place Cards:
Your kids can use their thumbprints to transform into Pilgrim portraits that resemble your dinner guests. Everyone can find his or her place, and face, at the dinner table.

  1. Cut out a 5-by-4-inch rectangle from the card stock for each place card, plus one extra. Fold each card in half so that the 4-inch edges meet, and flatten the crease. Then reopen all of the cards.
  2. In the center of the extra card, draw a Pilgrim hat, positioning it so that the top is above the fold and the brim is just below it, as shown. Use a light paint and use your thumb as a face for a turkey or pilgram. When the paint is dry, your child can use the markers to color in the hats, draw on collars, add facial features, feathers and hairdos, and print their names.

Garland of Gratitude: This colorful tradition is great for every guest to write something they are thankful for this season on each leaf to share. All you need is colored construction paper, a pencil scissors, colored pencils, string and double sided tape.

1.  Draw leaf shapes on colored construction paper.

2. Cut and hand out to each guest to write on.

3. When everyone is finished, make the garland by folding the stems over a length of string and tape them in place. Drape your masterpiece along the fireplace, mantel, or above the table for each guest to enjoy.

Recipes

Thanksgiving treats are often the best part of the holiday. Try these new ideas to put sugary smiles on your family’s face.

Chocolate Pilgrim Hats: All you need are striped shortbread cookies, large marshmallows, chocolate chips and yellow decorating frosting.

  1. Set the chocolate-striped cookies stripes down on a wax-paper-covered tray, spacing them well apart.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler.
  3. One at a time, stick a wooden toothpick into a marshmallow, dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, and promptly center it atop a cookie.
  4. Using a second toothpick to lightly hold down the marshmallow, carefully pull out the first toothpick.
  5. Chill the hats until the chocolate sets, then pipe a yellow decorators’ frosting buckle on the front of each ha

Tepee Treats: Construct a village of edible tepees with this food craft. All you need are sugar cones, confectioners’ sugar, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, cake-decorating icing, candies, and toothpicks.

  1. In a mixing bowl with an electric beater set at low speed, mix 2 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup of softened, unsalted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth and spreadable. Stir in a bit of milk, if needed.
  2. Use the icing to lightly frost eight ice cream sugar cones, and then place them in the freezer for a few minutes until the icing hardens.
  3. Now use tubes of cake-decorating icing to draw linear patterns and images and glue on decorative candies. For lodge poles, insert toothpicks into the tip of each cone.

If you want more ideas on crafts and recipes you and your family can do together, visit http://familyfun.go.com/

There are many different things you can do this Thanksgiving the whole family can enjoy. But most importantly, tell them you are Thankful for everything they do for you.

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