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Thanksgiving Roundup!

November 24, 2010

While you settle in for the long weekend, here are some of things we’ve been doing all month to celebrate the holiday. They are quick and easy ideas you can use if you find yourself with a turkey coma and active little ones.

Thankful Tree

We’ve been working on this all month. We started by making leaves by painting coffee filters with very wet watercolors. We then cut them out in a leaf shape.
Each day we choose two things we are thankful for and add them to the tree. There are lots of variations to this idea online, but this one worked for us, and definitely helped us focus on gratitude.

We also learned three verses this month about being thankful:
1) I thank my God every time I remember you (Phil 1:3)
Thank God no matter what (1 Thess 5: 18 The Message)
O give thanks to the Lord for he is good (Ps. 107:1)


Making Butter

This activity was fantastic for running out a lot of extra energy, and it has a definite magical quality to it as the cream transforms into butter.

I used:

a baby food jar

heavy whipping cream

a marble (optional)

salt (optional)

I filled the clean jar about 3/4 full with the cream, a little salt, and the marble. The marble helped with the agitation and it gave a nice sound that kept Pickle motivated.

This is a great activity to do with a group of kids because each one can shake it a little. We just passed it back and forth between us. You can also find little chants to sing while you do it.

The first step is the cream turns into whipped cream and fills the jar. At this point, look inside to show what has happened. Then put the lid back on and shake just a little while more until the cream turns back into a liquid and now also a solid (butter).  Drain the liquid and put the butter in a dish. The total time for us was about 15 minutes of shaking altogether.

We ate it on crackers. Yum!


Disguise a Turkey

This simple activity was from Scholastic. The printable turkey form and “I’m NOT a Turkey” writing page are available on their site.   I gave Pickle the pages and a muffin tin filled with craft supplies and let him go to town.  He came up with an alien disguise for his turkey and some interesting special abilities.




Roll a Turkey Dice Game

This little math game is a fun variation on a theme. Little Giraffe’s Roll a Turkey is easy to play and let’s little ones (and big ones) practice their drawing skills. I used the dotted line basic form for our bases to help out in case we rolled feet or wings first.  There are lots of other great ideas on their site.


Plimouth Plantation Virtual Field Trip

Last week, Scholastic hosted a virtual field trip with Plymouth settlers and members of the Wampanoag tribe. The video is now up on their site. It was very interesting to learn more about life in the original colony from both sides of the story.


Snood Game

Family Fun Snood Game

We haven’t played this game from Family Fun yet, but it looks like so much fun! It’s like the card game Spoons, but played with a turkey snood instead.


Dyeing Popcorn

Another sneaky science activity. We took kernels of unpopped popcorn. I put a small amount in 4 different ziploc bags. We then added food coloring and shook them to color the kernels. We let them dry overnight, and then popped them the next day.  We guessed if they would make colored popcorn. In reality, they make plain popcorn except the ones we colored blue were so dark that some of the kernels did come out darker.  A nice snack for after all that turkey!


Happy Thanksgiving!





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