A Christmas Tree Decorating Party

A Christmas Tree Decorating Party

There’s something festive yet casual about a Christmas Tree decorating party. It’s an occasion that celebrates the fun of the holiday season, built upon one of the more enduring holiday symbols. Yet, by its very nature, things don’t have to be perfect. When guests attend your party, they expect to find a naked tree and a house that is not quite ready for Christmas.

Before your guests arrive, you should have purchased your tree (!) and set it up in its stand. Light a fire in your fireplace and play Christmas carols as background music. If you have a piano, place Christmas sheet music on it in case any of your guests feel inspired to play. Serve your food buffet style, since this will be an active party with your guests moving around decorating, or at least admiring your tree.​


You can also expand on the cookie buffet by adding hearty appetizers. This way you are still keeping things very casual, holding down the expense of the party, and in my opinion, offering the two most interesting courses.


A weekend brunch is another relaxing alternative. You can offer a selection of fresh bagels, muffins, cut up fresh fruit, and one or two breakfast casseroles, which can be made the night before, and baked that morning before your guests arrive. Serve orange juice, coffee, punch, and eggnog, with optional champagne and rum.


You can always make any of these buffets heartier by adding a roast turkey and trimmings or baked ham. Or, to keep the mood very casual, arrange a large crockpot of chili on your buffet table, and serve it with sour cream, chopped onions, grated Monterey jack cheese, chopped cilantro, tortilla chips, and salsa.


Whether or not there will be children present, you can set up a table for guests to make their own ornaments to take home as a party favor. Simply choose the craft based on the age and craftiness of your participants.


For another planned activity, you can set up bowls of popcorn and cranberries in cozy corners of your home for guests to string as decorations for your tree. It’s a great way for guests who don’t know one another well to interact.


If you will be having young children at the party, you can have Christmas coloring pages and crayons already set up on a low, easily accessible table. If you’re concerned about crayons on the table, wrap the table in Christmas wrapping paper. You’ll then have a festive surface that serves to protect your furniture. Or, plan a few Christmas games that will keep kids entertained.


If you’re lucky, when the party is over, your tree will be fully dressed and ready to welcome Christmas. If not, you still will have helped your friends to forget, at least momentarily, their seasonal chores, and to remember the fun of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Activities For School Aged Kids

Thanksgiving Activities For School Aged Kids

A collection of fun and easy Thanksgiving Activities your child can do as you prepare for a special turkey day. Activities featuring Gratitude, Turkeys, Pilgrims and Native Americans that incorporate educational activities for Thanksgiving.

There’s something very special about taking the time to make a few turkey crafts with your kids for Thanksgiving. No matter what your child’s age is it’s fun to treasure those special growing handprints and share moments of gratitude together.  Our magnetic thankful tree is a great place to start!   

We’ve gathered 40 Thanksgiving Ideas from some of our favorite kids Bloggers who share their ideas on the After School Linky Party each week just in time for you to do a few with your child before Thanksgiving.  They include fun ideas for Writing, Gifts, Printables, Crafts, Math, Books, Cooking, Gratitude Projects and more!  One of our Thanksgiving favorites is our collection of Turkey Learning Games and Activities. 

Start of your month of gratitude with this Turkey Gift Idea inspired by your child’s turkey artwork.



magnetic Thankful Tree a photo project for beginning readers this Thanksgiving   Teaching Gratitude at Home with Kids

Acts of Kindness Activities for Kids. Simple ways to teach gratitude at home with your child.   DIY Sight Word Turkey Game for Thanksgiving with Kids   


40+ Thanksgiving Activities for School Aged Kids 
Practical Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Bundle Of Joy

Practical Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Bundle Of Joy

Are you expecting a precious little baby? Congratulations! Pregnancy is always a special moment that certainly changes you in more ways than one. Now, what next? Many questions race through every expectant mother’s mind when it is their first pregnancy, which is normal. However, this period of anticipation is an excellent time to receive (and follow) clear medical guidance from your doctor. Although each pregnancy experience may differ from mother to mother, there are some things you should know to be fully prepared for the journey ahead. So, are you wondering what your next step is after finding out that you’re pregnant? Did you just find out that your partner is pregnant? Here are a few things you should know. 

Your due date

Only a handful of women ever deliver their babies on the precise due date given by the doctor! But once it’s assigned, your due date on paper always remains the same – unless your ultrasound scan reveals a large discrepancy with the assigned due date. Beyond knowing your due date, you should also learn as many facts as possible about your condition. Fortunately, there are many websites and blogs that you can rely on for information like pregnancy belly shape and size guide, as well as specific symptoms you can expect to experience. However, you need to ensure that you visit recommended websites and blogs from other mums for all your research to get the right information.

Not everything will go according to plan

One thing many expecting moms must realize is that things may not always go according to plan. You may spend a lot of time planning every step of the process, considering every detail, but childbirth is more than enough to send your plans flying through the window. Every expecting mother needs to have a well-prepared birth plan in place. However, do not obsess about perfecting every detail, as that can be enough to put you under a lot of stress, especially when things do not go your way. Make room for unexpected circumstances, and accept that things will get a little crazy sometimes. The great thing about allowing for flexibility in your plan is that it will make you more open to alternative ideas, and thus, more flexible to handle each surprising turn of events. 

Self-care is essential 

Ensuring that you take excellent care of yourself isn’t only about you but also about your unborn child. It helps to promote your well-being and that of your child at the same time. Proper self-care means that you only consume the right food, stay away from the ones that can be harmful to your child, and exercise as much as you possibly can. Self-care goes beyond making you feel good; it also helps you maintain a sense of self-worth, which is essential whenever you feel too stressed or tired to go through another day. Some expecting mothers have said that they lost their sense of self-worth during pregnancy and let their health and bodies go. Taking good care of yourself helps you to remain healthy, both mentally and physically. 

Expect to do nothing sometimes

There will be times when you cannot bring yourself to do anything around the house, especially after giving birth. Childbirth is one of the most challenging things to do, even when you have previous experience. Therefore, your body needs to get all the time it needs to recover. During this period especially, expect to do nothing. Also, during the latter stages of your pregnancy, you may be in the right condition to complete as many daily activities as you used to. That is why it is essential to have as much care and support as you can from your partner, family members, and loved ones.

Bonding with your baby may take time

There’s nothing like a mother’s bond with her unborn baby – an unexplainable feeling of joy that takes over most mothers during the months of pregnancy. Although mothers bond with their little angels from day one, on the other hand, not every new mother will feel that jolt of excitement. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that; it may take some new mothers weeks or even months after delivery to start building that mother-child bond, and different reasons may account for this. The most important thing is to make sure that you do not allow yourself to be stung by guilt if this happens to you. Just commit yourself to your little angel, shower, then with all the love you can muster, give the process some time.

You may need to eat more than you did before

Every breastfeeding mother needs 500 additional calories every day. When you start bottle-feeding your child, you should give your body enough healthy food to recover. Unfortunately, when you are busy taking care of your little one, it is quite easy to lose track of your own needs and forget to eat regularly. Therefore, it is best to stock up on some healthy snacks that you can munch on with one hand while your other hand is busy. Doing this will keep you from starving yourself without realizing it, as it is not suitable for your health or baby. You should also expect your newborn to have quite an appetite, especially when you’re breastfeeding them. You might only require a small amount of regular bottle-feeding. However, breastfed babies will need to eat a lot more often. So, don’t be tempted to make a breastfeeding timetable; let your baby alert you. 

Pregnancy tests your relationship

It is vital to get as much assistance as you can from trusted friends, family, and loved ones, especially during the first couple of months after giving birth. That is because raising a child is one of the most challenging jobs (albeit one of the most rewarding), even when you are fortunate enough to have supportive spouses or partners. If you have a supportive partner beside you throughout the process, tension may still arise between you two. Your partnership will be tested during your time of expectancy, but the most important thing is to ensure that you do not allow such times to impact your relationship negatively.

How to Make a ‘Give Thanks’ Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

How to Make a ‘Give Thanks’ Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

This centerpiece is so easy the kids can make it all by themselves!



What You’ll Need

  • 16″ to 18″ sticks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper grocery bags
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Tall drinking glasses
  • Beans
  • Lentils or split peas


Make It

  1. Paint sticks different colors and let dry.
  2. Cut 5″ circles from grocery bags and cut 3-1/2″ circles from white paper. Mount white circles on top of brown ones with glue and let dry. Write letters on each of the white circles to write a Thanksgiving sentiment (we spelled out “Give Thanks”).
  3. Glue each circle to a painted stick and anchor in a glass full of beans, lentils, or split peas. Display down the center of your dining table or along a buffet.


Fun Thanksgiving Activities For Kids

Fun Thanksgiving Activities For Kids

These fun Thanksgiving activities for kids include crafts for 2 year olds, preschoolers and elementary aged children, Thanksgiving sensory bins, crafts, coloring pages, turkey themed ideas and more.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that may not get as much attention from kids. It is getting together with family to eat but also much more. There is meaning behind the food filled holiday and can be a fantastic focus for activities. I have included some of my favorite activities that I have found that center around Thanksgiving, turkeys, the may flower and being thankful. These Thanksgiving activities include science, sensory, gross motor, math, crafts and literacy. All are activities that kids will enjoy doing this Thanksgiving season!




Whether you are looking for thanksgiving activities for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten students or elementary kids.. this post has you covered!



Thanksgiving Activities For toddlers


Kids will love to watch corn dance. This is a simple science experiment that requires only a few supplies and won’t make too much of a mess!

Corn on the cob is from a plant and can do some magical things with time. This corn experiment looks so much fun to explore and observe!

The Mayflower is an important aspect of Thanksgiving that may easily get forgotten. This is a fantastic experiment and activity that can help you teach kids all about the Mayflower and it’s significance!

Cranberries are often served for Thanksgiving dinner and used as decorations during the Thanksgiving season. What is the big deal? Follow this experiment plan and explore all about cranberries!

Thanksgiving sensory bins

If your kids love slime, this pumpkin slime is a perfect sensory activity for anytime during Fall. It’s ooey gooey feeling plus the addition of pumpkin seeds makes it look even more festive!

Playdough is a classic sensory activity and a perfect base for creating fun Thanksgiving books . It’s a perfect holiday inspired invitation to create!

Sensory bins are a fabulous way to encourage sensory exploration for kids. This Thanksgiving bin is so colorful and could be a fabulous invitation for kids!

thanksgiving games for preschoolers

I love this Thanksgiving craftivity for so many reasons. It includes crafting, recycled materials, can be given as a gift and helps kids think and write about what they are thankful for!

Another craftivity that I am obsessed with is this Sight Word Turkey. If your kids are working on sight words, this turkey activity is excellent. Kids will have practice writing the sight words as well as participating in a Thanksgiving craft.

Emergent readers get so excited when they can create something and actually read it. These printable Thanksgiving books are perfect for your emergent reader to create and read!

Holidays, like Thanksgiving, are the perfect time to do a themed alphabet activity. An alphabet puzzle like Thanksgiving books is fun for kids and the theme may encourage ones who don’t necessarily find super interest in learning the alphabet!

Thanksgiving Activities For kindergarten

Ten Frame Counting Cards are perfect for little ones. These cards can help with number recognition and counting while still having a fun Thanksgiving theme.

Counting has never been so fun or incredibly easy as with this Feed The Turkey game. Little ones, and even big kids, will have so much fun with this activity that takes literally take minutes to make!

Math turned game with this fun Thanksgiving printables. These games will encourage children to practice simple subtraction and addition in a fun and engaging way.

A simple math activity that can be done literally anywhere. This math activity can help toddlers and preschoolers with simple counting.

Thanksgiving Activities For Kids: Science, Sensory, Gross Motor, Literacy, Math and Crafts.


I totally enjoy when crafts that my kids can make can be used over and over for years to come, just as these Turkey Leaf Luminaries. These would also make excellent gifts!

Wearable crafts are so much fun. Kids will love to make and wear this Thanksgiving books and how sweetly cute it is!

A super cute fantastic experiment using materials you may have around your house. Kids can customize their own turkey feathers to match their personality!

This fantastic experiment is one of the coolest because it is also edible. This would be fun to decorate, give to friends or neighbors or just make to eat!

printable thanksgiving crafts


I love these printable thank you cards!

These adorable place mats are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner prep or an activity that can be done while dinner is being prepared.

Using pattern blocks is not only an excellent math activity but perfect for strengthening fine motor skills. These Thanksgiving themed printable pattern block mats are so fun!

Tracing words is one of the first steps to help kids learn letter recognition, formation and handwriting. Print these Thanksgiving Word and Picture Tracing and help your kids with their prewriting skills!

Most kids love spending time with I Spy games. This Thanksgiving I Spy printable is perfect for Thanksgiving day!

thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers


Getting kids moving can sometimes be a challenge but not with games like this so fun Thanksgiving Charades game. Kids will have fun, get moving and it’s a free printable. Triple win!

Yoga is a fantastic exercise that can be done with kids and parents. Thanksgiving Yoga Poses can help kids give thanks to nature while getting their bodies active.

Why do kids love going on ‘hunts’ so much? I am not sure but I know a ton of kids who would jump at the chance to Thanksgiving books !

Twister is such a fun game and so helpful for strengthening muscles, balance and more. This Thanksgiving books is perfect for Thanksgiving and really all of Fall!

Thanksgiving Activities For Kids: Science, Sensory, Gross Motor, Literacy, Math and Crafts.


I hope you enjoyed this round up of Thanksgiving Activities for kids! What are your favorite activities?

Decorate Stones like Halloween Monsters

Decorate Stones like Halloween Monsters

Here’s a fun idea for the kids this Halloween! Find flat stones and have them paint them into monsters! All you need is acrylic paint, googly eyes, a hot glue gun, and a black sharpie!


Have the kids paint all the stones different colors and let dry. Once dry, use a black sharpie and draw a mouth and teeth. Hot glue the googly eyes on it. Paint a little white in the tooth if you make one. Sprinkle them in the garden! So fun!


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