Footprint and Handprint Turkey

Creative Wednesdays I have been making this simple Thanksgiving craft annually with my Nanny Kids for 25 years. Allow the children to do as many parts of the craft that they can do safely. For example, I trace their hands and feet and cut out the shapes for toddlers, but older children can do the […]

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Weekly Trip to the Library Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving is the true story of Thanksgiving. It includes both the story of slavery and plague, as well the generosity of the Thanksgiving Americans have been celebrating for almost 400 years. This is a biography about Squanto written by Joseph Bruchac, an author […]

Turkey Math

Creative Wednesday Using flash cards to teach my nanny kids math can get so tedious and boring. But when it comes to learning arithmetic — practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables over and over again is really essential. Make learning fun with this Thanksgiving-themed math project for the kids. Adjust the math problems to the […]

Maddi’s Fridge

Weekly Trip to the Library With Thanksgiving celebrations centered on food coming up there is no better time to teach children to be grateful for all they have. Maddi’s Fridge gives children an important introduction to poverty and hunger in a way that they will understand. Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same […]

Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving

Time to Embrace the Spirit of Thanksgiving The presidential election revealed a massive split in our country, dividing over 247 million of Americans along economic, ethnic, educational, religious, occupational, cultural, and regional lines (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). And what we do not understand, often leads to hate and fear. Too often during […]

Thanksgiving Story Bracelet

Creative Project This is a bracelet for the kids to wear in which each bead represents a part of the Thanksgiving story. The bracelet is a visual cue to help the kids remember the first Thanksgiving. The colored beads will help them retell the story. You Will Need:Pipe Cleaners Beads: White – Represents Sails Blue […]

Turkey Brown Paper Bag Puppet

Thanksgiving Craft I found this super easy Thanksgiving puppet project to do with the kids on hugsarefun blog. You can cut out the shapes to make the turkey for little kids or let older children trace and cut out the shapes themselves. Here’s what to do: You Will Need: Brown Paper Lunch Bag Pencil Safety […]

Paper Woven Placemats

Thanksgiving Project Thanksgiving is celebrated tomorrow in the United States. Families celebrate the holiday around a hearty meal. Therefore, weaving placemats to serve the holiday dinner on makes a perfect Thanksgiving craft. You Will Need: Construction Paper (we chose brown, orange, and yellow). Ruler Marker Safety Scissor Tape or Paste Clear Contact Paper What to […]

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Cooking for Kids Autumn is definitely pumpkin season. Pumpkin roll cake is a thin cake that is rolled up with a yummy cream cheese filling inside. I found this recipe that makes a great treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas in a family recipe book but possibly came from a McCormick spice recipe originally. It’s not […]

Thanksgiving Day Parade Book and Activities

Balloons Over Broadway The kids I care for are going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving morning so I borrowed Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet from the library to prepare them for the fun and festivities. But if your charges aren’t goingto the parade they will still love watching the parade on television and […]