It’s that time of year again. You’ve probably received a ton of toilet paper pilgrims and turkey fingerprint art from your kids already. We’ve come up with some new and affordable crafts, snacks and activities that you and your kids can do together this Thanksgiving break that they might not have done before!
1. Play turkey tag!
Turkey tag is a fun, easy and affordable way to add more of a challenge to the traditional game of tag. Each child gets a clothespin and the goal of the game is to obtain as many clothespins as possible while trying to avoid losing your own clothespin. It’s also a fun craft for your kids to do. They color their clothespin with a colored marker, cut out a little nose and a gobble (depending on if your child is comfortable with scissors, you might want to do this before hand), and then they glue everything onto the top of clothespin!
What you will need:
- Clothespins (one for each child playing)
- Colored markers or paints
- Googley eyes or black paper
- Red & orange colored paper
- Glue & scissors
2. Change up their school lunches with these quick and easy turkey snack bags!
You will have the coolest kid on the playground if you make them these snacks! They’re so cute, creative and won’t break the bank. We made a few of these for some of the little ones here at Fracture and they were a hit! It took us less than 5 minutes to make each one. Also, if you’re more on a time crunch, you can easily just get a red marker and draw a beak directly onto the food service glove.
What you will need:
- Food service gloves (they gave us a few for free at the deli at our local supermarket!)
- 2 types of snacks (we used colored goldfish and white cheddar popcorn)
- Red paper for the beak
- Permanent marker for the eye
- Tape for the beak
3. Spend a day volunteering with your kids.
Thanksgiving and fall in general is a time for giving and expressing thanks. An easy way to give back to your community is to do a local neighborhood food drive. Ask your neighbors if they have any canned food they would be willing to part with for the holidays, they most likely will have something in their pantry. This is an easy way to do good while influencing others to do good, too. Another volunteer idea for the Thanksgiving holiday is to participate with your kids in a soup kitchen event and help people who may be less fortunate than you. For you and your kids, serving like this can help give perspective on where you are and how much we have to be thankful for.
4. Make an awesome edible turkey masterpiece.
Kids love when their food has personality and resembles something they’ve seen before, like when their PB&J looks like a star or a heart. On this website, there are eleven different ways to make turkey food masterpieces. Here are some awesome recipes that you can make with or for your child to help them get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Some of our favorites are the cake pops, pancakes, and the fruit platter. However, I personally think I have the best and fluffiest buttermilk pancake recipe out there so check it out below:
Light & Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup of buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp vegetable/cooking oil
- Butter/Shortening for the pan
How to make it:
- Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder together in a small bowl and mix together.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg then add the buttermilk and oil. Stir or whisk until all wet ingredients are combined well.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until everything is slightly lumpy.
- Put a skillet on medium heat and grease the pan with butter or shortening (butter is better because then you don’t need to butter your pancakes). Once the pan is hot, make your pancakes as big or as little as you want and it should take ~2 minutes on each side to get them golden-brown!
5. Establish a family tradition.
Thanksgiving is a holiday full of tradition and giving thanks. Some of our Fracture employees shared what their personal family Thanksgiving traditions are:
“My family is Dominican and for some reason they don’t like turkey so we have chicken every year and someone always brings empanadas. We usually skip out on the pumpkin pie and do flan instead, but my aunts make it differently; it’s infused with alcohol and raisins. I didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving till last year when a group of close friends hosted a Friendsgiving.” –Scarlett, production team
“Every year my mom and I choose one dessert from Pinterest to attempt to make. So far they have all been successful. We have done that since I started going to college so it’s about a four-year-old tradition now.” –Chelsey, marketing intern
“Every year we make corn casserole because my grandmother made the best corn casserole ever, but never wrote down the recipe. She passed away years ago, and each year we try to make it like hers. She tried to tell us the recipe off memory one time so we wrote that down, but she definitely forgot a lot of ingredients so each year we try to get it right.” –Taylor, marketing intern
6. Have a mini gourd or mini pumpkin scavenger hunt!
If your kids love Easter egg hunts, they will definitely love a mini gourd or pumpkin scavenger hunt. It is essentially the same thing as an Easter egg hunt but you can use mini gourds and pumpkins. These can be picked up in a pack at your local craft store or Walmart for an inexpensive price. When they’re done with the scavenger hunt, they can paint them and you can decorate your home with them! If you don’t want to get real ones, you can always get the plastic gourds or pumpkins and reuse them every year.
7. Get prints made of your child’s Thanksgiving artwork!
We all know (and love) the turkey handprint project that most elementary schools and daycares do with their students and kids annually around Thanksgiving time. It’s one of the most popular Thanksgiving crafts. Many parents love to decorate their homes with their kid’s seasonal crafts. In order to preserve their artwork and display it beautifully, you should consider getting prints made! It’ll be easier to show off their drawings and artwork without being worried about accidentally ripping or damaging their hard work. Get started here.