Life is Sweet, With Thanksgiving Crafts
Pies done? Check.
Turkey in the oven? Check.
Parade on the television? Check.
Kids driving you crazy? Double check!
They’re hungry. They’re bored. When’s dinner? When will people arrive? Can they taste the pie? Can they sit next to Grandpa? Do they have to eat the soup? If they don’t try everything, are they still allowed dessert? Sounds like a typical Thanksgiving with the family! This year, an action plan will be your saving grace. Give the kids some great Thanksgiving crafts and activities to do that buys you time to cook in peace and maybe, just maybe, sneak in a nice relaxing glass of wine too!
One of the surest ways to buy yourself some sanity, is to give them something to do that’s fun, something to eat that won’t fill them up and something that does not need your guidance! Stop in to Life is Sweet for some ideas. Cut out different colored construction paper in the shape of an ear of corn. Provide candy corn and Indian candy corn to glue on the paper. Top with a green ribbon and put on the table for decoration. Be sure to provide extra candy corn for munching!
Or how about Thanksgiving crackers? Take an empty toilet paper roll or cut up cardboard paper towel rolls. Fill with a selection of nostalgic candies from Life is Sweet (remember, extras for snacking!) and roll in yellow, orange or red tissue paper. Tie the ends with ribbon and give to your guests. Make it even better by customizing the candy to the recipient. (Remember how much your Dad loved Bit o’ Honey?) Your child will feel like a Thanksgiving rock star! Or buy pre-made ones at Life is Sweet!
Don’t worry if you’re too busy to buy tissue paper or cut out construction corn. Life is Sweet still has you covered with pre-made candy craft kits. The Oreo turkeys are so much fun to make, your children can make an Oreo flock of them! Hint: for little ones, it is easier for them if you make a model first for them to follow. Or gum drop turkeys!
Decorating the Table
For older children, you can offer a variety of tasks. Sit them down with youtube to discover different ways to fold napkins and pass that task off to them. Maybe they can create pilgrim hats using Reese’s peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces and chocolate wafer cookies, to welcome guests. Or have them create a Thanksgiving candy centerpiece: Sort Reese’s pieces or jelly beans (we have both at Life is Sweet), by color. In a clear vase, layer the candy by colors. Place some dried leaves (fake or those you’ve had the kids collect) in the top and voila! A child friendly centerpiece that has kept them out of the kitchen and can be tapped for dessert!
The Great Outdoors
You want everyone hungry when they come to the table, and nothing builds an appetite like playing outside. Your kids love sports? Have them play football, or just toss a nerf football (if it’s best to avoid competition among the cousins). A walk around the block is great for working up an appetite. Best yet, why not create a fun scavenger hunt based on items they can find outside and around the house. Include leaves, acorns, rocks, seeds, feathers, etc. on your list. Provide the winner (or all participants) with a chocolate turkey to nibble on! We have snack sized ones available at Life is Sweet.
Plan of action? Check.
List of activities? Check.
Trip to Life is Sweet? Check.
Sanity saved? A happy sigh.
Remember life is short…make it sweet!