Kid’s Turkey Thanksgiving Snack Cup Idea

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 Are you looking for some fun turkey themed snacks for your kids this month with Thanksgiving coming up? If so this pudding cup turkey snack is incredibly simple and just the snack for you! It’s the perfect sweet treat to surprise your kids with after school. Take a peek below at how to whip up your own!

Supplies Needed:

pudding cups
rainbow Twizzlers
brown construction paper, scrapbook paper or cork board
googly eyes
orange pipe cleaner
red pipe cleaner
glue
scissors

DIRECTIONS:

turkey kids snack cup

1. Start by prepping the face of your turkey! To do this cut out an oval or peanut shape from your brown paper/corkboard.

2. Glue in place the googly eyes and let dry.

3. Twist a small length of pipe cleaner to look like a beak. Add some glue and press it onto the face.

4. Finish the face of the turkey by adding some red pipe cleaner for it’s gobbler. Glue it down!

5. Add glue to the back of your turkey “face” and press it to the front of the pudding cup firmly.

turkey kids snack cup

6. Create the feathers of the turkey by simply placing some rainbow licorice. (you might want to cut them in quarters)

MMMMMM your pudding cup turkey snack is ready to be served! Surprise the kids one day after school – doesn’t it look sweet?! Grab your spoon and take a seat! Kids and adults will dive right into this sweet snack! Perfect for parties too!

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Leg Party Favor Fun for Kids

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thanksgiving turkey leg party favor kids

 Are you looking for a cute unique way to dress up your Thanksgiving place settings? How about your classroom Thanksgiving celebration? Check out these SUPER easy and inexpensive turkey leg party favors which can be customized to your budget and theme!! These turkey leg party favors not only look so silly but they taste pretty sweet as well! Inside you can fill them with the sweets (or not so sweets!) of your choice!

Materials Needed:

thanksgiving turkey leg party favor kids

Candy or “Treat” of your Choice (Popcorn is another great option!)
Brown Paper Bag (1 per place setting) 
strips of white paper
tape

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by filling the brown paper bag about 1/4 of the way full with candy or other choice of treat. We used candy corn since they are fall themed but you can easily use popcorn for a less sugary option!

2. Next twist the paper bag closed – don’t be afraid to twist it all the way down! You will see the turkey “leg” shape starting to form. Twist tightly so the candy or treat stays secure!

3. Set the bag / leg aside and create the “bone segment” of your leg. To do this cut out a 1 inch or so strip of white paper. You can use craft scissors to scallop the edges if you wish. Twist the paper around the end of the bag and secure it with glue or tape. (Tape is easiest!)

thanksgiving turkey leg party favor kids

4. Your turkey leg party favor is done!! Now you can simply place it on each guest’s plate, pass them out at the party, or use it to decorate a “platter” however you wish! Kids will easily be able to untwist or tear into their turkey leg bags for their treat!

This is such a FUN, CHEAP, and creative way to enjoy the Thanksgiving season!

DIY Gorgeous Gourd Votives Frugal Fall Craft

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Gourds and fall go hand in hand! Take a look at how simple it is to create your own fall fun when you give these gorgeous gourd votives a try. And best of all these gourd votives cost just a few dollars to make several of and you can keep them for years to come!! Here is how you can craft your own in under just a few minutes!

gourd fall DIY home decor

Supplies Needed:

faux fall gourds ($1 or less at Walmart or the Dollar Tree)
votives
knife

If you wish you can use real gourds but they are a little harder to create and of course will eventually rot.

 DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by placing a votive on top of the gourd. Trace around it with a pencil – this will give you an idea of where you will need to cut and the size hole that you will need. Remove the votive.

2. Take a knife and cut out the circle as smoothly as you can. It’s just like carving a pumpkin!

gourd fall DIY home decor

3. Remove the piece you carve out and throw it away – you won’t need it again.

gourd fall DIY home decor

4. Press the votive into the hole that you just created. The foam of the gourd will give a bit allowing you to squeeze the votive snugly into place.

5. Just light up your votives and watch them glow!

 This makes a wonderful fall festive decoration and gift – and you can even use battery operated votives if you want! I personally like crafting a collection of these to display in a group together for a real fall festive appeal!

 

Pilgrim’s Hat Thanksgiving Terra Cotta Pot Decor

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Last year I know SO many of you wrote me to tell me you wanted MORE Thanksgiving crafts and ideas as it seems to get overshadowed between Halloween and Christmas! So this year I have preplanned during November to have a month packed full of Thanksgiving (and fall) related crafts, activities, and goodies! This SUPER SIMPLE Pilgrim’s Hat Terra Cotta Pot Decoration can be made using ANY size terra cotta flower pot! I used small to medium sized one but you can buy the little mini ones and turn them into table place setting decorations too!

pilgrim hat thanksgiving decor

Materials Needed:

brown acrylic paint
paint brush
terra cotta pot of any size
brown felt, paper, or fabric
yellow felt, paper, or fabric

pilgrim hat thanksgiving decor

This craft is actually pretty self explanatory but for the sake of explanation here’s how to make it!

Paint your terra cotta pot completely brown on the outside and bottom of the pot. Flip the pot upside down and place onto your brown piece of felt, paper or fabric. (I used felt.) Cut your felt/fabric to circle around the large mouth of the pot making sure you leave about an inch all the way around so that it will be the rim of your Pilgrim’s hat. You can choose to either just set the pot on top of it or use a hot glue gun to attach it. For the finishing touch take your yellow felt/fabric/paper (I used paper.) and cut it into a rectangle shape to fit on the rim of your pot and cut a smaller rectangle out of the middle. This will serve as the “buckle” for your Pilgrim hat! Attach with Glue Dots or hot glue and VOILA you’re finished!!

For an extra fun idea you can create mini Pilgrim hats out of tiny terra cotta pots and write guests names on them for personalized dinner place settings! 

DIY Thanksgiving Grateful Home Decor Banner Tutorial

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 thanksgiving grateful DIY home decor banner tutorial

Banners are such a fun way to decorate your space whether at home or in your classroom. This DIY Thanksgiving themed “Grateful” Banner is no exception! This grateful banner is the perfect way to make your space ready for the Thanksgiving season, and not only is it easy to create but it’s inexpensive too. If you love the look of bunting banners you’ll enjoy making this!

Supplies Needed:

chip board letters
ribbon or twine
scrap book paper
glue
scissors

thanksgiving grateful DIY home decor banner tutorial

Everything you see here can be found at your local craft store. The chipboard letters we used are from Michael’s Craft store and run just $1.50 per bag. Our total cost for this banner was just a few dollars and we had plenty of supplies left over for future projects. 

 DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by cutting out some small to medium sized triangles from your scrapbook paper. You will want them uniform and even so use your first triangle to model the rest.

2. Add some glue to the back of each triangle and press the ribbon onto it. Make sure to space the triangles out as you go allowing about a half inch between each one.

thanksgiving grateful DIY home decor banner tutorial

3. Once the triangles are in place and dry you can add your chipboard letters. Just add a dab of glue and press the letters onto the triangles.

4. Allow plenty of time for the letters to dry. Once it is dry your banner is ready to be displayed!

 Banners look great displayed hanging anywhere! You can hang it across a fireplace mantel if you have one, across your dry erase board in the classroom, or across a doorway! All you need it a little tape or push pins to tack up the ends of the ribbon! Gather your supplies and give this easy and beautiful grateful banner a try! Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!

 

 

FREE Thanksgiving Writing Printable Worksheets + BONUS Freebie

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What says being thankful more than FREE Printables?! I am VERY thankful for all of my readers and the support and community you have shown me over the past few years! Here are 2 FREE Thanksgiving Writing Printables for you to download, PIN, and print as many as you wish!! PLUS enjoy a BONUS freebie Printable Thanksgiving Card for Kids below!

PRINT HERE ==> Thanksgiving Writing Worksheets Printables

Thanksgiving Printable cards for kids

PRINT HERE ==> Happy Thanksgiving Cut Out Cards

FREE Printable BUILD a TURKEY Booklet

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Thanksgiving is such a FUN time of year but one that seems to be lacking for FUN printables!! So here’s another great FREEBIE Printable for you!! Print out the booklet below to build your own turkey! Just cut out the feathers, color them, and glue them to your turkey! You can even glue real feathers on top of the printable ones if you want! PIN this for later and feel free to print as many copies as you’d like! Don’t forget to share with your friends!

Build a Turkey Booklet

DIY Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Place Mats Tutorial

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Thanksgiving DIY hand Stamped place setting tutorial

 Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your home this year? Maybe your classroom is doing their own Thanksgiving meal! If you want to bring a fall festive look to your table why not give these Thanksgiving hand stamped place mats a try! These fun hand stamped place mats look like something from a gift shop but are so easy even your kids and students can make them! Plus they are budget friendly! Take a peek below at how to get started so you can make a set for your own table!

Supplies Needed:

thin burlap, canvas, or canvas scrapbook paper
fall themed stamp of your choice
ink pad

DIY Fall Thanksgiving Place Mat Tutorial

 For ours we used pre-cut pieces of canvas scrapbook paper which is sold at Michael’s for about $2 each – you can of course make this much cheaper by doing it yourself. We snagged our stamp and ink pad in the budget section for $1 each.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by practicing first with the stamp a few times on a piece of scrap paper. This way you can get a feel for how much ink you will need and what design you want to create.

2. Lay the fabric / paper flat. For our place mat we decided to just make a line of stampings along one side of the place mat.

DIY Fall Thanksgiving Place Mat Tutorial

3. Press the stamp to the ink pad then transfer it to the fabric / paper place mat. Start at the bottom, pressing firmly then releasing. Continue the process up the side of the place mat. Don’t worry if your stamps aren’t perfect – it will just add to the rustic handmade feel of the piece! Give your place mat a good hour to dry – you don’t want it to smudge!

Your place mats are ready to use! Feel free to laminate it if desired! (I personally use this laminator!) Set your plate, silverware, and other place setting items right on top! It will look so natural and inviting! Plus your guests will be wowed by the uniqueness of them and the handmade effort. If you’re using it for a classroom Thanksgiving meal it will really add some festivity to your tables!

Winter Camouflage Activities for Kids

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In the winter, animals use their coats of fur to blend in with their surrounds as much as possible. While you might not realize how successful they are at doing this, there are always several animals hiding out in the snow right under your nose. Teaching children about the ability of animals to hide in the winter to aid survival is an important part of learning about animals.

To help children learn about winter camouflage try one of these fun and interactive activities that they can do in the home, or outside.

Blending In

One of the easiest ways to play around with camouflage and blending in, is to let kids try their hand at blending in with different environments or backgrounds for themselves. If children have brown or white outside gear, this activity can be done outside where options for blending include bare trees and evergreen trees. Indoors, choose the brightest and most colorful walls for children to attempt to camouflage themselves against.

Look at pictures of animals blending in with their surroundings in the summer, and ask children how these animals keep themselves hidden. Pick a wall or background and send children to their room to change into clothing that can help them hide in the room. Snap a couple before and after pictures so that children can compare their appearance in each outfit. Ask children to point out in which photo they stand out and which photo they blend in.

Find It

Being able to distinguish animals in their natural environment when they are camouflaged is hard, and it’s hard for natural predators to spot their prey as well. Talk about the reasons why animals camouflage themselves and how it protects them. Purchase a box of green paperclips and a box of plain silver paper clips. Take children out into the snow (or grass) and in a small area drop ten silver paperclips and ten green paperclips. Use a timer to give children ten seconds to try and grab as many paper clips as they can, not indicating which color they should grab. After the timer has gone off, count out the number of each color paper clip the children have grabbed. Did they get more green or silver? Why?

Jelly Beans in a Jar

To help children further understand the concept of camouflaging, fill a jar with white and clear jelly beans that you have mixed a few kidney beans into. Put a lid on the jar and give it to the children, seeing if they can spot all the kidney beans. Help them make a chart and take a tally of the kidney, white, and clear jelly beans they see. Talk about why it is easier for like things to hide in a similar group of like things.

5 Chopsticks Letter Learning Games for Kids – Fine Motor Skills

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 Recently at our local Dollar Tree I noticed they were selling colorful and easy to use chopsticks, as well as adorable “carry out boxes” for just $1. While to most these might look like the supplies for a great dinner, they can also be used for hours of fun learning games! Take a look below at how you can craft your own chopsticks learning games for kids using nothing more than a few Dollar Store supplies. Check it out!

Supplies Needed:

chopsticks learning letter games for kids

Carry Out Box (Sold 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree)

Self clasping chopsticks (Also a Dollar Tree find)

Assorted peel and stick letters (You guessed it, Dollar Tree!)

Scrap paper or paint chip samples

Scissors

Directions:

1. Begin by snipping your scrapbook paper or paint chip samples into small squares. Fold each in half so it can stand on its own.

2. Peel and stick a letter to each piece of paper. You want one letter per card.

3. Toss the cards into the carry out box. Shake them well. You are now ready for the fun to begin! Here are some of the learning games you can play with your chopsticks:

Word Scramble

chopsticks letter learning games for kids fine motor skills activity

Use the chopsticks to pick out 5-7 letter cards. Set the cards out and talk about what words you could make with the letters you picked. Arrange the cards to make as many words as possible. This is almost like Scrabble! Each player gets a point for each word they can form.

 Letter Sorting

Take one letter out at a time and sort it into a Vowel or Consonant pile. Have the child make a pick, identify it, then put it in the correct stash. Keep going until all cards are gone.

 Write the Letter

chopsticks letter learning games for kids fine motor skills activity

Pick a letter out of the box. On a piece of paper write down the lower case version of the letter. If a lower case letter is chosen, write down the upper case version. This is a great way to practice those writing skills. You could also incorporate writing the “cursive” letter to match the letter chosen!

Name a Word

Pick out a letter from the box and name 1-3 words that start with that letter. Older kids can name 1-3 words that end with the letter as well.

Rhyming Fun/Wacky Definitions

chopsticks letter learning games for kids fine motor skills activity

Pick out 3-5 letters and try to form a word with them, even if it is not a real word. You can then try to think of rhyming words, or make up your own definition for the fake word.

chopsticks letter learning games for kids fine motor skills activity

Give these easy and inexpensive chopstick games for kids a try and see how much fun you can have. It is a great way to practice some basic literary and phonics skills, plus they will be strengthening their fine motor development at the same time. There are plenty of alternatives you can do such as using actual Scrabble letters, a bowl instead of a carry out container, etc. Give it a try!