Thanksgiving Round-Up
Thanksgiving Round-Up

I am thrilled a few of my fabulous blogger friends have joined me for an amazing Round-Up to bring YOU terrific ideas just in time for Fall and Thanksgiving.  We have crafts, activities and FUN and put it all together so you can easily click and have a great time making memories – as spending time with you and together as a family is what your kids want most of all:) 


These Thanksgiving Pilgrim Cups are made out of black paper cups, card-stock and some ribbon.  They are quickly put together and work terrific at a Kids Thanksgiving Table to hold crayons, snacks for little ones to munch on while waiting. They would also make a cute take home treat holder too.  Click HERE for the easy tutorialPilgrim CupsDeborah at Mommy Crusader  has a must make activity for kidlets to get their hands on, literally! This turkey is made out of their hand print, ah, so very clever.  Also, you have the opportunity to chat with your child about what they think gratitude is, and what it ‘means to be glad’ as Deborah points out in her post.  She has valuable tips all about teaching children, families, relationships.  Do your self a huge favor and check  her blog  HEREFocusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.Have you been over to see Celebrations On Line yet? Oh, my word, they have everything to help you make every event special, stay on budget and yet still have it fabulous. Just look at these fun pumpkins for Thanksgiving!  As they say at Celebrations On Line: no scissors, no glue, no mess, no fail, even a toddler can make this easy craft.  You’ve got to see all the spectacular ideas they have , it’s absolutely mind-blowing; just click HEREPaper Pumpkin craft


This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving projects on my blog A Mother’s Shadow.  The turkeys are made out of kids hand-prints.  The hand-prints could be added to each year.  Another idea is a child could write a blessing they are grateful for, or help them if they are too young, and add to that each year also if desired.  You will find the easy tutorial HERETurkey Apron 1Oh, this turkey brings back memories for me, I remember making projects like this and I always had so much fun.  Sinea at Ducks ‘n a Row has a very cool printable of this 3D turkey making it easy-peasy for loads of entertainment as well as learning.  I like how the concept of learning colors, following a pattern and how it takes a few minutes to complete this project is fantastic.  You’ll find it all HERE. as well as tons of kids and preschool crafts, games and teaching ideas, recipes and oh so much more! How creative is this project and everything is handy right now!  Heaven Is Smiling Above has a craft that requires only 3 supplies, yet the outcome looks fabulous. I know this is geared towards younger kids, but I can see even teens and adults getting into this one.  It would be a perfect family night activity with everyone making their own artwork.  It could then be sprayed with protective coating and then hung with a ribbon.  Or even carefully put in a painted or decorated dollar store frame and voila – a masterpiece!  The simple instructions are all HERE along with recipes, and many other fantastic posts.How to make a cheap easy fun leaf craft Heaven is Smiling Above #craft #toddlers #preschool #leaves #autumn #fall heavenissmilingabove.blogspot.com Ok, this is not just for kids in my book. Seriously is there anything better than those delicious sugar cones, and come on, chocolate too! Here’s another great idea from Ducks ‘n a Row and how fun would this be for a family activity, a preschool craft or even a Thanksgiving time filler while the food is getting ready.  What a delicious way to learn the letter ‘T’!  Come HERE for the instructions.Native American Tee Pee Craft; preschool crafts; H is for House lessonIsn’t this Thanksgiving Tree fabulous that Deanna at From This Kitchen Table brought to the Round-Up! I really like the simplicity and how it naturally draws your attention to the leaves, which are the focus point.  She shows us how she has the family members write what they are grateful for on the leaves which are then tied on the tree.  The leaves are then taken off after Thanksgiving to be stored until the next year to be hung with new leaves; adding more and more each year.  Very little to store, which is ideal. You can see all of Deanna’s terrific ideas HERE Thanksgiving Tree with a toddler @ fromthiskitchentable.comDid you ever make these in elementary?  At my blog A Mother’s Shadow I think it’s important to teach our children the vital role the native American Indians played in saving the lives of the pilgrims, how they lived and their history.  I have included pictographs so they can make their own story too. Click HERE for the easy tutorial and hints for being prepared with various sizes.Indian Head DressI also have a BONUS craft!  My friend Dorthy made this amazing 3D paper pumpkin for A Mother’s Shadow that would be just the right thing for center pieces, particularly if you have several tables to decorate.  It’s unique, very unusual and just plain cool!  Dorthy gives us a step-by-step tutorial so we can make one too HERE3D PumpkinCopyright Carrie Groneman, 2015

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