If your children are like mine, they just eat up little games, crafting and things that are holiday related! I wanted to set up an art/play area with fun Thanksgiving themed games and ideas.
Print two of these pages (click to enlarge) and create a fun memory game! I glued mine to scrapbook paper, cut them all out and laminated the squares just for durability. But you could simply print these out, cut and play if you wanted a one-time-use game!
Print out some Fall and Thanksgiving themed coloring pages! I printed out four or five different ones in multiples so there wouldn't be any arguing over who had which one - trying to take these little frustrations out will help our children have more fun!
Pumpkin Pie Playdough! I saw this idea several years ago on Like Merchant Ships and it came to mind this year as a perfect accompaniment to our fun! I had a little trouble finding mini pie tins, but have since seen them a couple of places. These were 3/$1 at Wal-Mart including lids.
Making them look like actual pies just adds to the charm! Wrap them up with simple, yet - easy to remove ties. Again, trying our best to remove possible frustrations that we know are going to happen!
Provide vintage jello molds, an old muffin tin, cookie cutters, maybe some special things you don't usually let your children play with - yet we really know they cannot hurt these things and will have a great time enjoying them!
If you make these ahead like I did, just store in the fridge when not in use! This recipe makes a lot! I made one batch and divided into these four pans which will give each child plenty of their own play dough!
I've had these dolls a couple of years, but haven't ventured into letting my girls play with them. But, when I was looking at the Noble Rose Press blog and saw how they tied into Thanksgiving I thought this would be a perfect and special time to introduce them.
I laminated them - see a tutorial here though I used my laminator rather than Contact Paper. I also kept one of the tabs in place and folded it around the back so I knew which lady the dress fit! Peel and stick magnets instantly make this a simple and easy yet fun idea for your little girls!
These come with little biographies that I will plan to read or paraphrase to my girls and explain who these ladies were! Make sure to check back on Friday - because in the big wrap up post, the ladies at Noble Rose Press will be giving a set of these paper dolls away! (P.S. - they've just released three new collections of paper dolls and a charming coloring book! Plus, all their collections are on sale for $10 each - I just love these and know you will too!)
I intended to use my pretty and shiny nice stainless cookie sheets for this - but the magnets do not work on that, so it will have to be the well-used and loved cookie sheets!
Older children may enjoy bobbing for apples, sack races or three-legged races instead! If you have leaves in your yard, why not rake a big pile just for jumping in!
You may need a few supplies for the play dough and if you choose to do the paper dolls, I personally think that is a worthwhile investment! But, all the rest of these ideas are free and available to anyone regardless of cost.
One commenter mentioned being out for a few hours on Thanksgiving - these ideas can all be prepared in advance and in really only a few minutes.
What is your favorite game idea? Have any ideas to add?