There's so many fun things you can do this month with your family to get ready for Thanksgiving. I thought I'd share a few:
Sit down with the family and have everybody write down 2-5 acts of kindness you can do as a family this month. Place them in a jar and once a week draw out a couple of the papers - do whatever they say. Think about the things you are thankful for and use that to inspire your acts. Here are some I came up with off the top of my head, most of which are free:
1. Volunteer at a homeless shelter (home)
2. Donate clothing and toys you aren't using to those in need (having more than we need)
3. Give your spouse a foot/back rub (love/marriage)
4. Donate blood or sign up to be a bone marrow donor (life)
5.Spend a morning or afternoon doing whatever activities your offspring selects (children)
6.. Purchase some $5-$10 giftcards to places like Walmart or McDonalds - hand them out when you see a homeless person (food)
If you haven't done it already this Fall, make a wreath. I do especially love seeing wreaths on people's front doors this time of year. It makes things seem a bit more friendly during all the cold blustery days.
Here's the one I made these year. It's super simple - all you need is: a grapevine wreath, items from the floral department and wire. Using wire cutters, trim the ends of your floral items down and then tuck the stems into the wreath. Secure with wire. Done! It seriously takes me less than 10 minutes to do one like this. You could also make your floral items go all the way around but I did it this way because I like the asymmetrical look.
You can get this cute little craft from Oriental Trading Company. Invite your children's friends over for a playdate and have them all write down things they are thankful for and then do the craft.
Or head to the library and pick up a bunch of Thanksgiving books. Here's some that were my favorites as a kid (which you can find on Amazon):
This book is written from the perspective of a young girl and takes you through what life was like for pilgrim children. My favorite part was her cooking with her mom...surprise, surprise. :)
For more historical information, check out this book. It's filled with information and nifty pictures but written in a way that will keep children's interest throughout.
This one has no historical information but I loved it. It's about a little girl, her grandmother and the mystery of the stolen cranberry bread recipe! I have no idea how many times I read it. After reading it, you can make the Grandmother's famous cranberry bread recipe - let your kiddos do the stirring and help them measure if they're little.