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Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

Mostly this is just a fun little no-bake treat for the kids to make for Thanksgiving but I do have a few educational connections at the end–did Pilgrims really wear buckles on their hats? Pin It This is the “Pilgrim” version of some witch hats we’ve made before and they are very simple to make. Ingredients: chocolate or fudge stripe cookies peanut butter cups (my son substituted a Dove chocolate for his peanut butter cup) icing orange fruit leather Directions: 1. Unwrap the peanut … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Native American Comanche Tribe-Inspired Hair Pipe Breastplate Kids Craft

Native American Comanche Tribe-Inspired Hair Pipe Breastplate Kids Craft

My son made this craft breastplate inspired by the hair pipe breastplates of the Plains Indians, originally introduced by the Comanche native tribe. Every year, the kindergartners at my kids’ primary school dress up as tribal peoples (Native Americans / American Indians) or pilgrims for their Thanksgiving party. Pin It I look through some old photographs of native peoples in traditional dress with my kids and they decide what elements they want to recreate. My son was … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

I just wanted to share a little with you about our Thanksgiving morning. It has become our annual tradition to join Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing food for people who are homeless. My daughter was very excited because this was her first year to actually help prepare the meal. Pin It This year they prepared almost 300 meals to distribute to emergency housing and bring to places in our community where people who are homeless set up … Read entire article »

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Our Gratitude Tree

Our Gratitude Tree

We made a gratitude tree out of a cardboard paper towel tube, a paper bowl, and construction paper to express our thanks for all of our blessings this Thanksgiving. This was such a simple craft and it really engaged the kids’ attention. Pin It Materials: cardboard tube (either a paper towel tube, 2-3 toilet paper tubes taped together, or a wrapping paper tube cut in half) construction paper (brown, green, red, orange, yellow) glue scissors marker craft knife Directions: 1. Wrap and glue brown construction … Read entire article »

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Handprint Turkeys

Handprint Turkeys

With Thanksgiving so early this year and coming on the heals of the Sandy “Frankenstorm,” we’ve been focusing on helping others and keeping things simple. We did spend a little time revisiting the classic “Hand Turkey” Thanksgiving craft with our own spin–a handprint and footprint Turkey–and then added a new twist. This time, we used magazines and catalogs for our tail feathers. Pin It Materials: construction paper (blue, green, brown, red, and orange) googly eyes magazines or catalogs glue scissors pen or pencil 1. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Fall, Featured

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Crafts and Books

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Crafts and Books

While Hurricane Sandy and the power outage and projects to try to help in my region have kept posting light, we still have a lot for which to be thankful. And at the tops of my list is the time we spend together as a family. My kids love to make crafts and read together, especially preparing for a holiday. Here are some of my favorite posts about our Thanksgiving crafts and picture books from … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

How to Make an Even Simpler Medicine Bag

How to Make an Even Simpler Medicine Bag

My daughter made a DIY medicine bag / pouch of her own design, inspired by some of the traditional ones we saw. When my three year old son saw his sister’s, he wanted to try, too. So, I simplified the design into a drawstring pouch for him. Pin It Materials: soft felt thick embroidery needle yarn or embroidery thread beads and feathers, if desired Directions: 1. Trace and cut a circle from the felt. Pin It 2. Thread the needle (My daughter can do this … Read entire article »

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you enjoy your feast tomorrow! My daughter has been diligently working on her costume for her kindergarten Thanksgiving party. Pin It She was very insistent on doing much of it herself and it took all of my restraint not to help her along or interfere. I gave her one of my old t-shirts and she fringe-cut the bottom and sleeves: Pin It And then she beaded the fringe: Pin It I tied off the bottom of the fringe for her after … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

Here are some of our favorite picture books about Thanksgiving and Turkeys. These are the children’s books my kids look forward to each year. Pin It You might think that, as a vegetarian, I have little love for a holiday that centers around a feast featuring a whole roast bird. I do love pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, and apple muffins, though! Plus, my first two children were born in August. Go ahead. Do the math. I’ll … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

‘Tis the season for thinking of others and I hope that volunteering and charitable giving become a year-round habit for my children. I’ve posted 9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children About Giving and Volunteering and shared some of the Holiday volunteering I do with my young children. Children usually learn best by doing. Reading age-appropriate stories is a great way to inspire and reflect on your activities. So, here are four picture books that inspire … Read entire article »

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