One Thanksgiving, years ago, my parents challenged my siblings and me to make a list of things we were grateful for. Whoever had the longest list won a special date-night on the town with just the two of them. We each received a blank notebook. I was thankful for spoons, fingernail polish, Q-tips, the colors: black, blue, red, white,….and on, and on, and on. Admittedly, my list got a little out of control. I think I worked on it for days. –I am pretty sure I won that little contest. Ha. Funny memory. But the fact is,… I remember it. I remember writing a bjillion things I was thankful for. I love that I think about that silly notebook every Thanksgiving season.
My little ones are starting to grow up (way too fast I might add), and I want to make Thanksgiving a meaningful holiday for them. I often think Thanksgiving gets overlooked because of the rush to market Christmas. How can we change that? From extended family gatherings, to the time to reflect on blessings, and of course the food,… I love every last detail.
We had a little pre-school Thanksgiving feast in our home yesterday. While it was simple, it really got me excited about planting a love for Thanksgiving in my child. I thought I’d share a few kid friendly Thanksgiving ideas, if you tell me all your deepest darkest Thanksgiving secrets. Deal?
Let’s admit it. The #1 goal at a Thanksgiving feast is to keep little ones entertained and seated for at least five minutes.
Crayons are a must. I made this silly turkey with Garnish’s soup bowl, silly eyes, and construction paper. Do the crayons look like feathers? Gosh I hope so! That was what I was going for… Next up, we made turkey lollipops. I spotted these cute guys on Parents.com. The kids had so much fun with these!
A friendly game of Tic-Tac-Turkey kept their active little minds busy.
Now for the tough part. Making them eat. My sweetest friend Jen made these adorable acorn doughnuts. Easy steps from Family Fun. The kids were eating all their veggies thanks to Mr. Turkey Sandwich. Isn’t he the best?!
And just to make sure they eat every last thing on their plate. Isn’t this checklist adorable? It’s yours FREE, thanks to Anna & Blue paperie.
They sat for 4 minutes. Heck, I’ll take it!
A few details:
-I wish I would have used the Turkey Handprint Tablecloth idea! I totally spaced it.
What are your kid friendly thanksgiving ideas? Thanksgiving traditions? Thanksgiving memories? Heck, I even want to know your favorite Thanksgiving food. Recipes?! DISH IT!