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Simple Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers foster celebration and motor skills. Little guys are highly visual and love hands-on activities. Don’t be shy about using this approach.

Here are a few ideas to try with your preschooler. Remember, sometimes it’s okay to be messy. Messy is fun! It’s the process, not the product, that’s important.

Paper Turkeys

Begin with this easy paper turkey. Here are the materials you will need:

  • Multi-colored feathers (can be found at any craft and hobby shop)
  • Brown, orange, red, and white construction paper
  • Black marker or black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Glue

If you know your child gets frustrated with the cutting process, pre-cut the pieces. Have the parts ready to assemble onto the little turkey bodies. Be sure to pre-cut the eyes, wattle, and beak. The turkey body can take any shape you wish, including the one in the picture above.

Have your preschooler glue on their turkey parts and presto – a cute paper turkey. If you make one in advance for them to see, remind them not to worry about making their turkey look exactly the same. Their effort, and the fun they have while creating, matter more than the appearance of the final product.

Make the experience  more exiting for older pre-K’s and elementary ages. Foster fine motor skills when you let them trace the eyes, wattle, and beak. Allow them to cut out the shapes. Hint: the less fine motor control a child has, the larger the tracing templates need to be.

It’s okay if they don’t turn out perfectly. These imperfect first attempts will provide fond memories for years to come if you laminate the final products.

Handprint Turkeys

This is a fun but messier craft activity. Your preschooler will get a kick out of this one. You may experience a few giggles during the process. You will need:

  • Construction paper (red, brown, or yellow)
  • Fall color paints: red, yellow, orange, and brown
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes

I like to get a paintbrush for each color that I will be painting on their hands. It may also be a good idea to have a small basin of soapy water on the table for quick hand clean ups when you are done.

Use brown paint to cover the entire underside of the palm and create the turkey body. Then, paint each finger a different color. This process may tickle and cause giggles and squeals. Grab a video camera to catch some of the laughter to playback next year for more giggles.

After the hand is ready to print, press down onto your desired construction paper color and press firmly. Dip those little hands in the basin of water you put out ahead of time to save yourself extra clean up!

After the turkey has dried, add on googly eyes and write what your child is thankful for in each feather. Laminate these projects for adorable Thanksgiving place mats. If you want more than one hand on the construction paper, you can paint both hands.

Sugar Cornucopia

This has been a definite hit with my preschoolers in the past. This fun to put together, yummy treat makes a great Thanksgiving Day table favor.

Gather your  cornucopia supplies:

  • Sugar Cones
  • White Frosting (edible glue)
  • Fruit shaped fruit snacks, Runts Candy, or fruit shaped cereal
  • Craft Stick

Place the white frosting in a small plastic bowl and use the craft stick to spread the white frosting inside of the sugar cone. After that has been completed, stick on the fruit shaped items and let set until frosting has hardened. This is a quick little edible craft. The results are awesome!

Egg Pilgrims

In addition to a few hard-boiled eggs, you will need these supplies:

  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Construction Paper (Boy Pilgrim)
  • Coffee Filters (Bonnets for Girl Pilgrims)
  • Glue
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Egg Carton
  • Yarn

After the eggs have been boiled and cooled, stick into individual egg carton holders. You can cut these apart or choose to leave them whole. Cut out little pilgrim hats from construction paper. Black top hats for boys and little bonnets out of coffee filters for girls. Glue on desired color yarn for hair. Then, glue on hats. Attach the googly eyes and let dry. Draw on the nose and mouth with a Sharpie marker.  You will have cute little egg pilgrims to decorate your table.

 

For more simple Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers, visit http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2014/08/200-fall-crafts-kids-activities.html

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Squanto – Native American Interpreter and Guide

Squanto’s story provides a wonderful backdrop to talk to our children about character. It is difficult to find meaning in adversity. How can and does God work EVERYTHING together for good in our lives, especially when our struggles make no sense? The answer boils down to our world view.

Do we struggle to fit God into our plans or do we fit into His? Are circumstances good only when they bring ease and reward? Teaching perseverance and a godly worldview are solid steps to building Christian character in our children. Squanto’s story is a timely example we can use to help our children develop desirable character traits.

God’s Plans

God is the creator of all things, and the unfolding of history is His-story. He has a master plan for all of humanity: the rise and fall of nations, the preaching of the good news to all men, and the birth of babies who will become world changers. A homegrown world changer might be sitting around your kitchen table right now!

Squanto’s story poignantly reveals God’s sovereign plans. English traders landed in what was to become Plymouth, Massachusetts a decade before the pilgrims arrived. Wampanoag Indians came to trade with the Englishmen. Sadly, the traders took Indians prisoner and carried them to  Spain to sell them them into slavery.

Even in the midst of this tragic circumstance, God kept a young Indian boy named Squanto safe. A kind Spanish monk bought him, treated him well, and taught him the Christian faith.

Survival

In 1618, Squanto sailed back to America. When he arrived, an epidemic had wiped out Squanto’s entire village. Squanto survived because he had been sold into slavery and lived far away during the epidemic. God’s plan for Squanto’s life was far bigger than Squanto could have imagined. He would play an important role in birthing a new nation. God would use the new nation for good in the entire earth!

Imagine the shock that filtered through the Plymouth colony founders a year after Squanto’s return when they arrived on the shores of his home. Squanto approached and greeted them in English!

Governor William Bradford’s diary indicates he realized Squanto was a special instrument of good sent from God. Squanto helped the Pilgrims communicate with the surrounding Indian tribes and showed them how to plant corn and other crops. He helped them survive in the new land and stayed with the Pilgrims for the rest of his life.

Fun Pilgrim Hat Cookie Recipe

In honor of the redeeming love of God in Squanto’s life and the first Thanksgiving so many years ago, I am sharing my recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats. What a fun way to teach your children about God’s faithfulness in building our nation! I hope these ideas will bring many opportunities for you to discuss Squanto’s life story in the context of  character training this holiday season.

These cute and tasty hats are a snap to make. Just dip marshmallows in candy coating and place on Keebler® Fudge Stripes™ cookies. Then, decorate with a little yellow frosting.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 16

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. For hats, place KEEBLER FUDGE STRIPES cookies, stripes sides down, on baking sheet lined with wax paper.

2. Melt confectioner’s coating according to manufacturer’s directions.

3. Use fork to dip marshmallows, one at a time, into candy coating, scraping excess coating from bottoms of marshmallows. Place one coated marshmallow on center of each cookie. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until coating is set.

4. Tint frosting yellow. Use to pipe buckle on each hat.

To print out this recipe from Kellogg’s click here.

 

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

 

For more ideas on character training or Thanksgiving activities, you might like these posts:

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Summer is H.E.R.E! Whether you take the summer off, or you school year-round, there are so many fun summer activities and projects for elementary students! Vacations, swimming lessons, field trips, summer camps….there is so much!

There are times when we parents need to remember to place the books to the side and allow our kids to just learn in the experience. Perhaps that means going outside to play right after breakfast and not seeing them again until lunch. Or maybe it’s talking a family hike to the waterfall you’ve been “meaning to get to” for months.

The days of this summer will fly by. Carpe diem! Seize each one and make a memory of it! Below is a list of summer activities and projects you can do with your family. Have a fantastic summer!!

Summer2Summer Schooling:

Summer Homeschooling: Tips, Ideas and Why We Do It

Homeschooling in the Summer

Our Unschooling Summer of Fun!

Starting a Summer Nature School

Nature Study: Out and About

Books to Read:

Best Summer Reads {for Homeschooling Moms}

Amazing Books for Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge With Free Printables

Trips to Take (or Not):

Summer Holiday Planner FOR FREE OF CHARGE

Summer Staycation: Ideas for Cincinnati / Tri-State Area

Two 65-Page My Trips Notebooking Journals

Best 10 Road Trip Games in the RV

10 Fun Ideas for a Frugal Staycation

Gas and Food Prices Too High? 13 Staycation Vacation Ideas!

Freebies to Use:

Beach Fun Coloring Pages

Road Trip Printables for Kids: Tic Tac Toe

Road Trip Printables for Kids: Billboard ABC Order

Fun Activities to Giggle Through:

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10 Ways to Keep Kids Active This Summer

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7 ways to have fun outdoors {Kids’ Co-op}

10 Tips to Enjoy Local Splash Pads and Summer Safety for Kids

20 Super Cheap Summer Fun Activities to do with Children

Piano Camp in a Box

Date Nights to Plan:

Favorite Summer Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

Summer Bucket Lists:

Creating a Summer Bucket List

100 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

How to Make a Summer Bucket List With Your Kids

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Homeschooling in the Summer

We are not a year round homeschooling family. We actually follow the traditional school schedule for the most part, since my daughter engages in at least 2-3 outside classes each year. For the sake of the teachers being able to have a schedule, most of the time those classes will follow the August through May calendar as well.

 

Homeschooling in the Summer

Having said that, I would like to point out that we never stop “fun learning”, even during those hot summer months. We also keep math and piano on a relaxed schedule, as my daughter is still young enough that if we completely stop either of those things, she will not retain as much as I need her to.

But the best part of homeschooling in the summer is the stuff that kiddos and families do not even consider education of any kind. It’s learning disguised as fun! And I have 50 ways for you to do a little fun learning of your own!

1. Visit a state park and take a ranger tour.

2. Go to a national park, complete the Jr. Ranger program, and earn a cool badge to show off what you learned.

3. Take swim lessons. If the kids already know how to swim, sign up for a swim team or a water polo club.

4. Visit an art museum, and then try to replicate your favorite piece at home.

5. Study the science behind bubbles, then spend the afternoon blowing them.

6. Join the summer book club at your local library.

7. Visit a historic home, and then find out why it was important to your area.

8. Go fishing.

9. Talk to the local wildlife conservation office about ways you can help.

10. Attend a 4-H summer camp. http://www.4-h.org/get-involved/find-4-h-clubs-camps-programs/

11. Start a nature collection.

12. Take a night walk.

13. Map the stages of the moon.

14. Visit an arboretum.

15. Visit your local zoo, children’s museum, or science center.

16. Uses Road Trippers to help you find additional “field trips” in your area. https://roadtrippers.com/

17. Be a part of a scientific study… join a Citizen Science project for birds, amphibians, fireflies, monarchs, and other backyard wildlife.

18. Study fish, and then visit a fish hatchery.

19. Canoe down a stream.

20. Find a letterbox or geocache.

21. Take cooking classes.

22. Plant a garden.

23. Celebrate a day of being silly.

24. Attend a play in the park.

25. Explore your state’s capital (or your county’s local courthouse/archives if the capital is too far away).

26. Write a letter to your grandparents.

27. Make a family tree.

28. Make homemade ice cream.

29. Visit a Farmer’s Market and talk to the employees about how they care for the crops.

30. Plan a picnic and let your kiddos do all the food prep.

31. Write, cast and produce a play with your family and friends.

32. Run a lemonade stand.

33. Sign up for a VBS program (or two or three).

34. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece.

35. Have a family scavenger hunt.

36. Engage in a water balloon fight.

37. Hit up the local putt-putt.

38. Open a savings account for your kiddos and have them put together a pretend budget, complete with their choice of occupation.

39. Take a trip to the bowling alley. Have your kids use their math skills to keep score.

40. Indulge in many of the educational series and films that Netflix has to offer on a rainy day with some popcorn.

41. Pick some berries and make homemade jam.

42. Learn about the beautiful night constellations.

43. Build a butterfly feeder.

44. Make homemade puppets and put on a show.

45. Break out the board games that you don’t always get to during the school year.

46. Paint garden stones and use them for a color matching/basic arithmetic game.

47. Play hopscotch on the driveway.

48. Put shaving cream in your play pool.

49. Work on badges for Keepers/Contenders of the Faith, American Heritage Girls or Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts.

50. And keep a Summer Fun Schooling journal to record all your crazy awesome activities!

As you can see, there are many ways to keep your kiddos mind going during the summer while having a great time and making lots of memories!

I know I just scratched the surface, so I would love to hear what you think I left out! What do YOU love to do in your homeschool during the summer?

 

 

 

 

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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