Thanksgiving is just one day a year, but it’s nice to celebrate thankful hearts and attitudes of gratitude all month long during November. Kids can really get into the Thanksgiving spirit by making fun crafts, baking special treats, or playing games. It’s always a nice idea to try to come up with some themed activities for young children during the holidays. Don’t fast forward straight to Christmas after Halloween and miss out on making wonderful Thanksgiving memories with your family. Take some time to jot down a few special things to do with your family during the month of November, and work through them as the month goes by.
November is peanut butter lovers month, so plan some fun peanut butter themed recipes to try with your family. Get the kids in the kitchen and make some flourless peanut butter cookies. By using just four ingredients (peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, and a sugar substitute like Splenda), you’ll have a low carb and guilt-free treat that you can share as you make plans for the rest of the month. Get the baking supplies you need to make other fall treats at Michael’s. You can get 50% off an one regular priced item, and there are lots of specialty baking pans and decorator’s kits to choose from. Don’t forget the festive fall sprinkles!
Get into the game! Don’t just sit around and watch football all month long. Get outside with the family, and enjoy the crisp, cool fall air together. Play a few games of touch football in your own yard, or play other fun games like corn hole, frisbe golf, or capture the flag. If you need some new clothes to stay warm in, Dick’s Sporting Goods has a great deal on women’s hoodies and sweatshirts from just $22.49.
Get your craft on! Fall crafts can be a lot of fun for the family. Look on Pinterest for great fall craft ideas. You can make projects that are Thanksgiving specific, or you can do general fall themed crafts. You children will enjoy making a tissue paper tree. Draw a large tree, and have kids tear off pieces of brightly colored tissue paper in the colors of fall leaves. They can easily glue the tissue paper onto the tree. You could even cut out large leaves, and write something that they are thankful for each day on one of the leaves. The leaves can be glued onto the tree for a gratitude or thankful tree.
Show others how much you care. Do some acts of kindness with your family during November. Adopt a family for the holidays, or make a meal to take to a friend or neighbor. Collect cans for a local food bank, and deliver them as a family. There are lots of ways that you can give to others during the holidays, and the rest of the year, You might even think about organizing a neighborhood service project to give back to the community. You’ll be teaching your kids how important it is to give to others, and they’ll keep that with them all of their lives.