Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving for children: Whimsy

Thanksgiving week is upon us.
Are you getting ready?
I've spent some time today getting my head wrapped around
the busyness that will be our life for the next 
7 weeks.
For now, I'm just trying to get ready for what is going on THIS week.

(Simple little place-cards that the girls made for us to place 
at each family member's spot at the dinner table.)

In years past we've had a difficult time making it through the ENTIRE day of Thanksgiving without the children ending up bored and looking for something to do.  It has been a challenge to keep them happily engaged and occupied while I'm in the kitchen preparing the meal.  By the time the meal is over, the parades are done, and the football games have started......the children are beginning to squabble and wander because they've run out of things to do.  We don't have the luxury of family members coming to join us who will entertain and play with the children.  So in addition to planning a menu and shopping for every ingredient beforehand so that you don't have to run to the store (which operates on a limited time on Thanksgiving Day) because you've run out of eggs, there has to be some forethought and planning involved in activities for the children.

I just fell in love with the ideas found over at "The Homespun Heart" this year.  She is having a Thanksgiving Party for her children, and has all sorts of lovely activities that are very meaningful, educational, and simple to put together.  Check out her Homespun Thanksgiving for Children!!  What a fun way to keep the children occupied during the first part of the day (or even after your meal when Mom and Dad are ready to nap a little, but the children are still gung-ho!!)  I LOVE the idea of the pumpkin play-dough!!!

If you're looking for some simple, fun decorations and crafts to do with your children, be sure to check all the free!! printable downloads from Vision Forum!!  There are 6 different downloads available and you could easily incorporate several of their ideas even now!!  It's not too late!!

I hope you're reading to your children too!!  There are a plethora of books available at your local library that can become part of your Thanksgiving tradition, as well as just good memories for your children.

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