Wednesday, November 25, 2015

6 Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Ideas

Since I can't hold tightly to these years when my daughters are small, I'm going to try to enjoy each moment. The holidays can make that easy or difficult, depending on your expectations!

I love to do fun things with the girls that don't cost a lot of money or take a lot of prep. This week of Thanksgiving, we've been having a LOT of fun together being thankful, even though it hasn't been a perfect week! It keeps our minds in perspective. I've been loving reading aloud Junie B. Jones First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff). It's hilarious and both kids are amused by it too!

Here are 6 more FREE or super cheap ideas for you to enjoy with your family during the Thanksgiving season.

1. Thankfulness Chain: I take scrapbooking paper I have around the house, cut it into strips and the kids write one thing they're thankful for on the back of each strip before we attach it to the chain. They want to make it super long, so they have to think deeper than the normal stuff...and by "deeper" I mean things like "pigs" and "Shopkins." We do this over a week or so, and end up laughing a lot. This year, I used Christmas paper and will probably let the girls put the chain on the tree.

2. Colorful Table Cloth: Pictured above, with our chain, grandma got the girls this table cloth at the dollar store. Instead of using it once on Thanksgiving, I decided to keep it on all week with a bucket of crayons as our centerpiece. The kids have loved it!

3. Thanksgiving Madlib You can find a bunch of these online. They're hilarious for any age group, which is a good thing because my girls are 5 years apart!

4. Lunch box jokes I printed these and have been sticking a few in my daughter's lunch all week. They'd even be great as kids get back into school next week!

5. Roll A Turkey All you need is some dice and paper. You add features to your turkey based on what you roll and the first person to complete their turkey wins! You could end up with some crazy looking birds!

6. We've also been enjoying Christmas movies on Netflix.

Since our second baby turns 5 this week, we're also planning her birthday! We're hoping to see the Charlie Brown movie and eat lots of cake!

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you find the beauty in the simple things and count many many blessings.


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