Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Mrs. Fields Secrets Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Looking for fun ways to keep the kids entertained on Thanksgiving? We’ve gathered a cornucopia of simple activities they’ll love, from decorations to snacks to their own serving of butter! Seriously, the kids’ table never seemed so cool. (Follow the links for instructions.)

1. Fan Folded Leaves
2. Grateful Garland
3. Homemade Butter
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns
5. Turkey Glove Puppet
6. Paper Pumpkins
7. Turkey Apples
8. Paper Pilgrims Hats

Creative Thanksgiving Placemats

Your Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to cost a lot to look amazing. Check out these creative DIY ideas that you can put together with just a little time and effort. In fact, have the kids help, too!

We love this idea that involves simple brown paper, some straight lines, and pretty handwriting. Guests can write down their thankful thoughts while the turkey is being carved!

These chalkboard placemats would be fun for any age to doodle and scrawl and decorate their own place.

These colorful burlap leaves are joined together with some simple Modge Podge for a lovely mosaic!

Go on, get your DIY on. Thanksgiving is only ten days away!

Easy DIY Fall Decorations

Mrs. Fields Secrets DIY Fall Decor

Ready to deck your halls with all things fall? We’ve rounded up some fabulous fall decor that is so simple, you can put them together in a jiffy. How long is a jiffy, you ask? Not long at all! From top left to bottom right:

  • Raking leaves and pruning trees? Save a substantial branch and use a drill to make room for tea lights. Brilliant!
  • Keep that drill out, because this hole-y pumpkin lets of a beautiful glow.
  • Wrap candles with burlap, ribbon, or even colorful leaves to give your everyday decorations a seasonal look.
  • Fill your antique pots and pitchers with tiny bunches of branches and berries. Rustic and ravishing.
  • Use glow in the dark foam to create eyes for your tree trunks. Fun, but not too spooky!
  • Fill a vase with candy corns in a vase and nestle a small candle inside for a darling decoration.
  • Tiny gourds on top of your regular candlesticks give height and presence to a little decoration.
  • Stark branches and small orange pumpkins fill a large vase and a large space.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Earth Day Activity for Kids

Recycled Art
Earth Day is coming up next week and we’ve got a great activity to do with the kids to get them thinking about our waste and how it takes all of us to reduce, reuse and recycle. Before your next garbage day, gather the kids to go through the garbage with you, looking for the following things:

  • How many items are in the regular garbage that should be in the recycling bin?
  • Is there anything that could have been used again before being tossed?
  • Are there items that could have been donated to charity instead of thrown away?
  • Discuss ways you as a family can remember to sort garbage more effectively.
  • Look at the bottom of the packaging for recycling symbols and talk about what they mean.
  • Are there items that could be reused again? Think creatively about new purposes for items you are tossing.

Finally, give the kids a challenge: allow  them to reclaim five items from the garbage or recycling and turn it into an art project or a repurposed useful item. Encourage them to think outside the box and use the materials to create something entirely new. Above are some beautiful examples of recycled art to get the ideas flowing, everything from an office organizer to a colorful lampshade and bouquet of cardboard flowers. More than just a busy exercise, this activity will get everybody in the family thinking about the products we buy, the amount of waste we create, and how we can work together to reduce our impact on the planet one family at a time.

Candy-Filled Yarn Easter Eggs

Mrs. Fields Secrets Candy-Filled Yarn Eggs
Get ready for Easter with some arts and crafts time! These yarn-covered eggs are filled with your favorite wrapped candies and ready to display for springtime, but the real question is: leave the candy inside? Or, try to get it out? We won’t judge either way.

Candy-Filled Yarn Eggs

small balloons
yarn
white glue
water
candy
wax paper

Directions
Blow up balloons into egg shapes in desired sizes. Mix two parts glue to one part water and stir. For each balloon, measure 6-10 feet of yarn per balloon, depending on how dense you want the grid pattern. Soak the yarn in the glue mixture, then string the yarn around the balloon. Set on wax paper to dry 12-24 hours. When yarn is hard and dry, pop the balloon and remove it, then sneak some of the candy inside.

DIY Bleach Designs

Mrs. Fields Secrets DIY Bleach Designs
There’s a hot new trend out there on the clothing racks that you can do yourself in your very own home, with supplies you already have on hand. These DIY bleach designs are a fun way to personalize your new fall jeans (and save money while you’re at it). And don’t stop at jeans. You can add your own designs to t-shirts, tablecloths and napkins too! Follow these tips for best results:

  • Practice your method on an old rag or t-shirt and allow it to completely set.
  • Try different tools for different designs, like pencil erasers, toothpicks, Q-tips, sponges, brushes or rags.
  • For jeans, place cardboard in the legs to keep bleach from seeping through the other side.
  • Prepare the surface below your fabric. Cookie sheets, garbage sacks or bathtubs are safe surfaces.
  • Bleach pens are great for freestyle writing and designs.
  • Allow bleach to set for at least an hour before washing and drying to set the design.

Try out these fun ideas featured in the photo with full DIY instructions:

DIY Polka Dot Jeans
Bleached Linen Napkins
Bleached Jeans

Creative Outdoor Ideas with Glow in the Dark Paint

Mrs. Fields Secrets Glow in the Dark Paint
I love the idea of simple details like glow in the dark paint transforming outdoor spaces at night. Whether you’re planning a party or just giving your yard a special touch, let these ideas inspire you:

1. Small, stenciled images on a garden path will reveal themselves in the dark and also help light the path.
2. These flower pots glowing bright at dusk make quite a statement.
3. Spray paint stencils on the lawn in glow in the dark paint to add a festive (and temporary) touch.
4. I love the idea of an illuminated path like this, leading guests to a party.
5. Using a paper doily as a stencil, transform simple cement stepping stones into lacy, glowing art.
6. These tree stumps are colorful by day, and glowing bright at night—fun for seating or tabletop decor.

{Images via Pinterest. Sources unknown.}

Homemade Bird Feeder

Mrs. Fields Secrets Homemade Bird FeederAre you ready for a super simple springtime activity? Grab the kids, a couple of empty toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, and some loose bird feed. Spread a generous layer of peanut butter over the toilet paper rolls, then roll them in bird feed, packing it firmly. Slip the roll over a tree branch and watch for fluttering friends to arrive.

HINT: Place your bird feeders near windows, so you can see the action from inside your house.

3 Unique Easter Eggs

MF Easter Eggs It’s already time to start thinking about Easter eggs, and I’ve found a few great ideas to share. The only problem with these eggs is that they are almost too pretty to crack open.

1. Rubber bands create colorful stripes on these eggs, and don’t they look smart? Tutorial found here.

2. Naturally died eggs with flowers, and leaves, and onion skins are an age-old practice with stunning results. Tutorial found here.

3. These silhouette eggs are created with contact paper and careful exacto knife skills. Tutorial found here.

Not sure how to boil a perfect egg for decorating? Here are some simple, no-fail instructions that will give you a beautiful yellow center without the grayish ring.

Perfectly Hard-Boiled Eggs

Place eggs in a saucepan and fill with cold water until just covered. Cover with a lid, and heat the water and eggs over medium-high heat on the stove until water comes to a boil. Turn off heat and allow eggs to sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Immediately transfer eggs into a bowl of ice water to cool completely.

Last Minute DIY Valentine Ideas

MF DIY Valentine
The clock is ticking down, but there’s still plenty of time to create adorable, homemade valentines. Check out these easy DIY ideas (clockwise from top left):

1. Heart Transplant Apples. A couple of apples and a small heart-shaped cookie cutter turns a piece of fruit into an eye-catching, memorable valentine. Brush cut edges of apples with lemon juice to keep them from browning.

2. Lollipop Photo Cards. I shared this DIY valentine idea last year and still love it. It is so easy to put together and delivers a big wow-factor. All you need is a camera, an exacto knife, and some lollipops. Oh yes, and a cute little kid too!

3. Sign Language Hand-out. Trace your hand, cut it out, and tack down those two fingers to create a universal message of love—”I love you” in American Sign Language. A red heart in the middle seals the deal. I love this idea for adults and kids alike.

4. Lollipop Disguises. Mustaches for the boys, ruby red lips for the girls—simple shapes cut out of construction paper with a tiny x-shaped cut in the middle for a lollipop. Use cookie cutters to trace the shapes or freehand.

Have your own DIY valentine ideas? Share them in the comments section!

{Images via Pinterest.}

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