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Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Crafts to do as a family?  Liz, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares a couple of hers!  Take a look…

thanksgiving crafts

Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

You can never go wrong with hand printed or foot printed craft projects for Thanksgiving this year, especially if you plan on giving it to a loved one your kids are thankful for. These gifts will completely melt any grandparent or loved one’s heart. Here are a couple of ideas for your kids to create this season that are easy to make and easy to clean up.

 

easy thanksgiving crafts

Hand & Footprint Turkey

Supplies: Fall inspired colors for the paints and craft paper, wipes to clean up, paint brushes, googly eyes, scissors and glue.

Start with yellow paint or the lightest color and coat one hand in paint. Firmly press down their hand to white paper, using your hand to steady those wiggly fingers. Wipe the hand off and do the same with the orange and red paint. Layer the hands in the same area to create turkey feathers. Set aside the handprints to dry.

After that clean up then move on to the feet. Lather your child’s foot with brown paint and toes with orange paint and press their foot against the paper. Set aside footprint to dry.

Cut around the hand and footprints. Cut a red tear drop shape (for the waddle) and a triangle shape for the beak and then have your kiddos glue those together and add a googly eye to make the turkey face.

Simply glue the handprints to the back of the footprint. Either keep it as is or glue to another piece of paper having your kiddos sign their name.

Another fun idea is to make just one turkey for the entire family. Using each family members hand to make the turkeys feathers! Whatever you decide to do you just created an adorable craft to hang up for Thanksgiving or to give to someone you all love.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts

easy thanksgiving craft ideas

easy thanksgiving crafts

Thankful for Family

Supplies: Different colors of construction paper, 10 x 10 canvases,

12 x 12 piece of fabric and glue.

First lay the fabric on the canvas, wrap around the sides and glue down. Have each family member trace their hands in a different color construction paper. Start with dad’s hand, than moms and the rest of the kid’s hands from largest too small. Glue each one on top of the other one and finish off with a constructed turkey face. You now have a beautiful turkey full of color! Using sticker letters, puff paint or a fabric marker, write Thankful for Family on your canvas either above, below or around your family turkey!

easy thanksgiving craft ideas

As the crisp air continues to come in the next few weeks these projects will be the perfect crafts to keep your kids busy. Happy crafting!

From iFamily to Yours,


Homemade Ornaments

There is something that is just extra special about making Christmas tree homemade ornaments yourself. You can include your children or just do them yourself. You can make them for your personal tree or give them as a gift. Making them is just half the fun. The other half…..the memories of the time you spent making them.

Natural Ornament

Natural Ornament

Look to your own backyard to add nature-inspired elements to your tree. Michelle Edwards of Sweet Something Designs harvested acorns during fall and used the caps to create acorn ball ornaments. “Paint a Styrofoam ball brown and push the caps in with a dab of hot glue,” she says. Add some glue to the caps, embellish them with any color glitter to match your tree and top them off with ribbon and twine for hanging. Add glittered pinecones and greenery for a truly nature-inspired Christmas tree. Reuse the ornaments by placing them in a clear bowl for the perfect fall centerpiece. Courtesy of HGTV.com

Lighted Tree Ornament

Homemade Lighted Tree Ornament

Trace a cookie cutter onto felt, then punch multiple holes. Glue plastic beads over holes and hang in a window. Courtesy of Parent.com

O’ Christmas Tree Topper

O' Christmas Tree Topper Homemade Ornament

Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors gives new purpose to sheet music by transforming it into an unconventional tree topper. She simply twisted sheet music into cone shapes and hot-glued them to a cardboard circle backing. Glue the cone-shaped pieces to a doughnut-shaped cardboard backing for a matching wreath to welcome guests.  Courtesy of HGTV.com

Chime Ornament

Chime Ornament Homemade

  • Paper or plastic cup
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Jingle bell (available at tohoshoji-ny.com)
  • Paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Tinsel garland

1. Poke a small hole in the bottom of the cup.

2. Cut ribbon to a length that is about four times the height of the cup. Thread a jingle bell halfway onto the ribbon and double it. Knot the doubled ribbon together about halfway, making sure that the bell will hang just below the opening of the cup.

3. Push the ends of the ribbon through the hole in the cup and tie at the top to hang.

4. Spread glue on the outside of the cup and wrap tinsel garland around until covered completely; let dry.

Courtesy of Parent.com and Originally published in the December 2009 issue of Parents magazine.


Valentines Day Guide for Kids

Valentines Day Guide for Kids

Valentine’s Day is great opportunity to show appreciation for the people we love. Even when we’re young, this day revolves around heart shaped candies and glittery notes covered with stickers passed from desk to desk. This is a guide for parents to help their children express their love and friendship on this special day.

Food: Surprise your child with valentine food art! If there’s one thing they love more than food, it’s playing with it. Click the links below to direct you to a variety of Valentine’s Day treats that perfect for the heart shaped holiday (healthy too!).

Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Valentine Calzone Bites

Fruity Smoothie (pink of course!)

Valentine’s Day Cup-a-Cakes

And many more… follow the arrows on the site to continue your search.

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Arts & Crafts: The links below will direct you to a handful of Valentine inspired craft ideas for kids. Whether you plan an after school activity or organize and incorporate this hands-on art into your class lesson (for teachers), they will be fully entertained. Step by step instructions and material list included in the link.

Flower Bouquet (that never dies!)

Woven Heart Basket
Perfect for carrying and delivering your valentines!

Captive Heart
Pretty pink keepsake with note inside—great gift for Grandma!

Jolly Lollies
Silly lollipops in the shape of mustaches and puckered lips—sure to make the kids giggle.

 Valentines day guide for kids Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day:

  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  • 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
  •  Approximately one billion Valentines are sent out worldwide each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That’s second only to Christmas.
  • Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

Sources:
http://www.sheknows.com/holidays-and-seasons/articles/807655/

http://spoonful.com/crafts

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/easy-valentines-day-recipes