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4 fun, easy Thanksgiving activities for your kids

November 12th, 2013
Collect leaves to glue onto a homemade wreath.

Collect leaves to glue onto a homemade wreath.

By Aimee Heckel 

Fair warning: Thanksgiving break is coming up, which means you’ll soon have a house full of kids with nowhere to be, and probably cold enough weather to channel their energy inside.

Enter: Craft mom mode.

Thanksgiving crafts are more than hand-shaped turkeys cut out of construction paper — er, not that there’s anything wrong with that, though. We’re still big fans of the hand turkey. But if you’re looking for something new, here are four fun Thanksgiving activities for your kids this month.

1. Candy cornucopiasWe love this simple idea from Squidoo.com, easy enough for kids of any age. Let your kids fill ice cream cones with colorful candy snacks, and wrap them up to place at your guests’ plates at Thanksgiving dinner. Or fill a big cornucopia with them. Because when else do cornucopias get any love? Never, that’s when. This is their month!

2. Cup on the cobs. What a simple, sweet addition to the Thanksgiving spread — or just a fun way to eat popcorn and a movie one of these chilly nights. Fill a clear plastic cup with popcorn, surrounded by green crepe paper, decorated with yellow construction paper and tied with raffia, to look like corn on the cob. Thanks, Parenting.com, for this great idea.

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3. Make a simple leaf wreath.

Leave it to the blogger Mom of 5 Kids to come up with this idea. Send your kids out to collect leaves of different colors. Cut some circles out of cardboard or paper and then glue the leaves on. Embellish with some sticks, ribbon, twine or berries.

4. Design decorative wooden blocks. 

The blogger Raising Memories offers a great tutorial for these blocks. Pick up some wooden blocks (or repaint some that your kids no longer use). Let your kids do the painting, using seasonal colors, and apply vinyl letters when you’re done. You can also use a stencil or just write them yourself.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at AimeeHeckel.com, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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