Social Distancing Games and Safe Activities for Kids to Do This Summer

Social Distancing Games and Safe Activities for Kids to Do This Summer

Summer doesn’t have to be ruined due to continued COVID-19 restrictions. These genius indoor and outdoor social distancing games keep kids 6 feet apart from friends while they play.

No matter which phase your state is in when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing orders aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s the bad news. But the good news? It is possible for your kids to play with their friends this summer and still stay safe.

If you feel ready for friends to re-enter your child’s life, start by talking to a trusted friend in your inner circle to schedule a meetup at your home or in an outdoor space, advises Jaclyn Shlisky, Psy.D, a licensed clinical psychologist in Long Island, New York. Then choose games and activities that will allow social-distancing rules to still be respected. One easy example? Dr. Shlisky suggests a game of charades since only two children are needed to play. Each will take turns acting out a word from a specific category while the other watches (from 6 feet away!) and tries to guess what it is. Keep track of points, or just play for fun!

Worried your kid will not take kindly to directed playtime? Try explaining the “why” behind the need for them to play social distancing games. Experts from The Child Study Center at Rutgers University say kids are more likely to stick with new habits if they understand their importance, so starting off with a simple explanation of how staying apart keeps germs from spreading may help your case.

To keep the good times (safely) rolling, we rounded up dozens more fun social distancing games and activities that will keep your kiddos 6 feet apart and smiling all summer long.

 

Noodle Tag

  • Players: 3
  • Where to play: Outdoors
  • Best ages: Grades K – 2

How to play: Grab a few friends, more than three is ideal, and give everybody a pool noodle. When someone is “it” they have to tag their buddies by using the end of the noodle. Soft and bendy so nobody gets hurt, but also social-distanced approved so no one comes too close!

 

Porch Games

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: When your kid needs a break from the sun, set him up on the front steps or porch with their Nintendo Switch, and let their neighborhood pal set up their chair in your yard. One mom said there’s no need to worry about her son getting too close to his friend, but they feel like they’re doing something together and look forward to these visits.

 

Hello Neighbor

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: One mom in Westchester, New York said her kids play a game called “Hello Neighbor” where they hide an old set of keys and their opponent (the neighbor) needs to find the keys and return safely back to the front door. This is easy to play with two friends, or sets of siblings living next door to one another. (Spice it up by playing “hot and cold” with the hidden keys, which helps little ones practice the idea of opposites and refine their listening skills.)

 

Kick It with Kickball

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: A popular pastime of parents growing up in the ’90s, kickball is a smart way to get a larger group of your child’s buddies together (ideal for more than five). Meet at a local field so there’s plenty of open space and bring your pool noodles to use as bases or for keeping the distance when kids are waiting in line to kick the ball.

 

Fence Freeze Dance

  • Best ages: Grades K – 2
  • Players: 3
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: If your kid’s best buds live next door, meet in adjoining backyards and start a game of freeze dance. It’s silly enough that mom and dad may want to join in, but getting close isn’t in the recipe since each child only needs the spot they’re standing in. In this activity, everyone dances when the music plays and freezes as soon as the music stops—hold that position until the music starts back up again. If someone doesn’t immediately freeze, order them to do something like 10 jumping jacks or five push-ups. (PE teachers will be proud.)

 

Simon Says (Stay 6 Feet Away!)

  • Best ages: Grades K – 2
  • Players: 4
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: A study published in the journal of Early Childhood Research Quarterly suggests that this classic game, Simon Says, is the key to improving kids’ chances of success in the classroom. The study found that children’s ability to self-regulate is a critical element in their language and literacy development. Kids who are good at self-regulating can manage their emotions and behavior in order to achieve a specific goal. Best for kids younger than first grade, asking them to play a variation of “Simon Says” (follow instructions and do the opposite of what’s asked) is fun and educational without them even knowing it.

 

Cookie Decorating

  • Best ages: Grades K – 2
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Even frontline workers, like one New York pediatrician, agree that socially-distanced play dates should take place. She suggests cookie decorating with kids placed at opposite ends of an outdoor dining table. Each child can have their own bowls with sprinkles, icing, and other baked goods so there’s no worry about sharing germs. Then everyone gets to indulge!

 

Field Day

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 4
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: For school-aged kids, their annual field day event is the signal that summer is near and it’s no doubt a bummer to have missed this year. You can recreate this beloved event and make your own field day at home and invite the neighbors to play. Try homemade competitions like the pillowcase potato sack race, “don’t drop the egg” relay with spoons, and bed sheet tug of war.

 

Driveway Chutes and Ladders

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Sketch out an oversized board game of Chutes and Ladders on your driveway using chalk—10 squares wide by 10 squares tall. The numbers of your grid should wrap around as you go from 1 to 100, then let your kids create the ladders wherever they think it’ll be most fun. Add in some fun twists when you step on certain numbers, like stepping on number 10 means you do 10 jumping jacks or if you land on 95 you do five sit-ups. Use a spinner from a board game. Your kids will giggle through the game as they act as the pawns moving from spot to spot (kind of like a game of hop scotch).

 

Scavenger Hunts

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: On a rainy day, you might be tempted to just Netflix and chill with your kiddos. But Dr. Shlisky suggests the ultimate FaceTime fun for little ones by doing a scavenger hunt with an educational twist. Depending on your kids’ ages (siblings on both sides of the screen can play), you can start basic with a clue like, “Find something that starts with an A, B, C ….. Z.” Or you can have kids search for items they are grateful for, like something that’s their favorite color. If you want to up the learning, you can use clues that start with “Search your favorite book for…” and give a list of things to find—two vivid verbs, one thing the main character wanted to do, or two adjectives.

 

Body Bingo

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 8 – 12
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Perfect for a large group of friends the Body Bingo game is ideal for kids in grades 3 to 5 (math skills are required) but as young as Kindergarten level. Parents can print out a bingo board courtesy of the Asphalt Green Recess Enhancement Program (at asphaltgreen.org/REP). The goal is for players to complete the math problems and accompanying exercises across, down or diagonally to get Bingo. Tasks like: 5 multiplied by 3, you do that many squats or 22 plus 10 ankle circles. Your kids are staying physically fit and mentally, too!

 

Bust a Rhyme

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Ideal for more than five players, start the Bust a Rhyme game by having all participants stand in a circle 6 feet apart. Next, choose a leader to say a word (like “cat”), then have the child to their right say a word that rhymes with it. Continue around the circle until it gets back to the leader! The next person is the leader and the game continues. If someone gets a word wrong, can’t think of something or says something not in the dictionary (hey, it happens!) then all participants do five squats.

 

Detective

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 10
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: For this classic game, Have kids stand in a circle 6 feet apart, then nominate a “detective” to leave the area so they can’t hear what’s going on. Parents pick a leader who will start initiating movements (like jumping jacks or butt kicks) that everyone else will copy. Then the “detective” returns and stands in the middle of the circle. They have to figure out who’s the leader of the group in three guesses! Next game, the leader becomes the detective and the game continues. (If the group is really big—larger than 15 —choose two leaders and two detectives.)

 

Storytellers

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Think of this Storytellers game as Mad Libs in real life. Have players stand in a circle 6 feet apart and select one person to start as the storyteller. The storyteller then kicks off the game by either saying one word or one sentence and players around the circle add on their own word or sentence. When you get back to the storyteller, they have to retell the story and all it’s add-ons! (For an extra twist, once a player says their part, make them do a physical activity like run in place or hold a position like tree pose until the circle is complete.)

 

Sun, Moon, Earth

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: For the Sun, Moon, Earth game, set up cones in a row at least 6 feet apart and designate the cones as the sun, moon, or Earth (kids can draw pictures of each to tape to the cone for added artistic fun). Have all the kids line up 6 feet apart and a parent calls out one of the three sun, moon, or Earth as kids go consecutively one after another at a fast pace. Children have to run to the sun cone, hop on two feet to the moon cone, or bear crawl to the Earth cone. If players make a mistake performing the move they have to step away and do five jumping jacks then rejoin the game.

 

Driveway Snowman Spelling Game

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: A traditional yet interactive game that encourages your child’s spelling and subject knowledge, but also enjoyable—and can be played 6 feet apart! Played with two people or two teams, one side comes up with a word and draws lines in chalk on the driveway to indicate each letter in the word. The other person/team guesses a letter and if it’s in the word, the other team draws it in, but if it’s not in the word, a snowman gets drawn one line or body part at a time.

 

Line Math

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 6
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Split a group of neighborhoods kids into two teams and have them sit in two lines, 6 feet apart. Place cones in the distance in a line in front of the teams and designate a number to each cone (keep it simple with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ). A parent comes up with a list of math problems and asks a member from each time to stand up and get ready to run. The parent calls out a math problem (3+2=5 or 2×2=4), but lets the players guess the answer. They have to run as fast as they can to the correct cone—whoever is first to the correct cone gets a point. Add a twist: make players hop, run backwards, or bear crawl to the cone; for older grades, use multiplication and division.

 

Lawn Letter Scramble

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Prep for this activity by writing the letters of the alphabet on large pieces of paper, and come up with a list of age-appropriate words for the participants. Then have your child and their friend(s) sit in your lawn in 6 feet apart spots and scramble the letters in one of your words in front of them in a line and give them a hint (person, place or thing; or Disney character, sport, name of a state). One child gets up at a time to move one letter to its correct spot. For every word that can’t be figured out, tell players they must do something silly like dance in place for one minute.

 

The Maze

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors

How to play: Use painters tape and crepe paper streamers, construct a zig-zagging maze down the hall. Just attach to your walls from one side to the other in any order variation. The tape or paper should create a maze so the kids playing have to try to get from one end to the other without breaking the tape or paper in a designated amount of time (30 seconds to one minute). One player goes through the maze while the other players wait in a socially-distanced appropriate line until they each get to try it alone.

 

Fence Art

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Leave inspiring messages for neighbors and friends with fence art. Whether your child has one friend or many coming over, create individual art stations around a large outdoor table or sitting in a circle in your driveway. All you need is construction paper, markers, paint, and paper plates for designing “fence flowers”. To make one: cut small slits into the parameter of a paper plate, color your plate like your favorite flowers, and then make a small hole in the middle of the plate. Place a piece of string through the center hole and tie your flower plate to your fence. Everyone driving will look twice when they see!

 

Lab Rats

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Turn the backyard into a science lab! The Awesome Science Experiments For Kids has 105 science experiments to choose from that involve materials you have around your house or can easily and inexpensively find at the store. Your little scientists—as many neighbors and friends that can safely sit 6 feet apart—can help construct their own experiment and see results in minutes.

Social Distancing Games

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

star wars inspired cocktailsBy now many of us have already seen the newest Disney Star Wars movie.  You know Solo: A Star Wars Story.  And we’ve been bombarded with Solo merchandise from Solo Movie cups at Denny’s to action figures at the toy stores.  As expected the latest installment of the Star Wars saga has renewed the movie’s popularity.  We’re watching Star Wars movie marathons and hosting Star Wars themed parties.  Last week I posted a list of Star Wars inspired recipes, so it’s only fair that I post a list of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks.  Believe there is no shortage of these drink ideas!

I’ve decided to divide my roundup of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks into non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  But if one of the alcoholic cocktails catch your fancy but you want to serve it at a kid’s birthday party, just make it a virgin.  You know leave out the booze!  Or you can spike the kiddie version and serve it at an adult party.  However the force inspires you I’m sure your Star Wars inspired cocktails will make you the host or hostess with the mostest this summer!

Whip some up for your kid’s Star Wars birthday party and you’ll rock!  You’re sure to be the parent of the year, or maybe the summer anyway.

star wars inspired cocktails

Han Solo Churro Cocoa

Since the movie is all about Solo I’ll start with My Crafy Life’s Han Solo Churro Cocoa.

I know it’s a bit hot for cocoa, but the kids will love if for breakfast anyway.  Serve it the morning after a summer sleepover.

Click here for recipe!

 

star wars inspired cocktailsBB-8 Punch

Whip up this BB-8 Punch by The Joy of Boys.  It’s a refreshing party of any Star Wars themed event.

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star wars inspired cocktailsYoda Float

Now here’s cool Star Wars drink from Sugar and Soul.

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star wars inspired cocktailsFrosty Bantha Milk

Oooh blue milk!  Awesome!  This is perfect for your next Star Wars movie marathon!

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star wars inspired cocktailsRebel Alliance Chocolate Covered Strawberry Float

Wow!  The name’s a mouthful, but it paints a yummy picture!

Here’s the recipe from Nerdy Mama!

 

 

 

star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Party Drink

 

Now this looks yummy in a sinister sort of way.  The kids and adults will love Midget Momma’s  recipe!

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Now let’s move on to the fun party drinks, alcoholic cocktails!

star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Cocktail

Here’s the adult version of the Kylo Ren drink.

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star wars inspired cocktailsFloating Yoda Cocktail

Kahlua, milk, and mint ice cream, what’s not to love?

After a couple of these you’ll be floating with Yoda!

Here’s the recipe from Homemade Hooplah! 

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star wars inspired cocktailsChewbacca Cocktail

This spice whiskey based cocktail by Midget Momma is sure to grow hair on your chest just like its namesake Chewbacca the very hairy Wookie!

 

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The Dark Side Martini

It’s actually a Black Widow Martini by Eclectic Recipes, but it works if you’re planning on setting up a Star Wars Cantina!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Darth Maultini

Check out this martini by The More You Nerd Podcast!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Han Solo

This list wouldn’t be complete without a drink named for the hero of the lastest Star Wars movie.

Coffee liquer, Irish Cream, and Vodka, this drink packs a punch!

Click here for recipe!

 

 

 

star wars inspired cocktailsJyn & Juice

Here’s a Rogue One Cocktail with pineapple and orange juices.  Yummy!

Get the recipe from Whiskey and Sunshine!

 

Planning a Star Wars themed event?  Let Savvy Nana Crafts design the perfect party stationary and decor for your event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Party for All Ages

Star Wars Party for All Ages

star wars partyThanks to the popular Star Wars saga series the Mandolorian on Disney Plus, Star Wars Themed parties are popular again.  I have to admit if we had to host a grandkid’s party I’d probably persuade him to pick Star Wars as a party theme.  And you do know that May 4th. is Star Wars day every year right?

So in preparation for this year’s Star Wars day here are some ideas on how to plan a Star Wars themed party for May the 4th. or any other day!

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Star Wars parties are not exactly limited to kid’s parties, many adults love theme too.  In fact I’ve even heard of a Star Wars themed wedding.  Now that might be going a bit too far for me, but hey a grand entrance thru a tunnel of light sabers would probably be pretty cool!

Having said that here are some fun ideas for a Star Wars Party!  Hope it inspires you to throw one too!

Star wars invitationInvitations

You’ll need invitations, so check out the free printable templates from Drevio.com

They have several styles to choose from.  The kids will love them and so will adults!

Click here for the free printable templates!

 

 

star wars partyReception Table

I found this sign on Pinterest.  It’s basically letters pasted on to a project board, you know the one you used for your child’s science project.  Really easy to do with stick on letters and stars.  You can customize it with your child’s age and name!  I’d use at least 1″ letters and 3″ stars in gold or the color of your choice.

star wars partyDecorations

Party decor is only limited by your imagination.  Think of the possibilities!  Lots of characters to choose from to make centerpiece cutouts or standing cutouts for your dessert table.  You can DIY or order from Etsy.

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star wars party I I Just love all the things you can do with paper lanterns!  You can add Yoda ears, turn a couple into BB8, Tie Fighters and more!

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Photo Booth

I love Photo Booths and so do guests of all ages!  Doesn’t take much to add a Photo Booth to your Star Wars Party.  You can tape a black plastic table cloth to a wall and use it for your background.  Stick on a few stars, you have some leftover from the reception table sign don’t you?

Add a few Star Wars related props and voilá you got a photo booth!

Order photo booth props here!

 

 

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F & B

No party is complete without food and drinks.  Here are some fun recipes and ideas for Star Wars themed food!

Click here for Star Wars inspired drinks!

 

 

 

star wars partyFavors

Can’t send guests home without a party favor.  I love these bubble wands, they’re very budget friendly, everyone loves bubbles, and they easily become lighsabers!  Just add a favor tag that says thanks for coming to the party and you’re done!

 

 

 

 Need Star Wars themed invitations and decor?  Click here to order your custom invitations and centerpiece cutouts!

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

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star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

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star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

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Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.

 

star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!

 

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids: Fun Activities, Crafts, Treats!

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids: Fun Activities, Crafts, Treats!

This is it! The final countdown to Thanksgiving Day! Are you still searching for that last-minute kiddie game? Still short by a couple of creative crafts? Or maybe you need just one more treat to complete the family feast? Well, here’s a roundup of great Thanksgiving party ideas just for kids (with helpful how-to’s included) covering all 3 of those areas to make this holiday extra-special for you and your loved ones. Enjoy!

From turkey toss games to tic-tac-turkey, here are five unique ways to keep the kids happy at the party:

1 – ‘A Thankful Heart’ activity [Let’s Lasso the Moon] 2 – Tic-Tac-Turkey [How Does She?] 3 – ‘Thankful Pumpkins’ activity [Busy as a Honeybee] 4 – Turkey Toss Game, made with Kiwi Crate’s Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box [via The Celebration Shoppe] 5 – Artsy Leaf Rubbings [Snack Picks.com]

 

KID-FRIENDLY CRAFTS/PARTY DECORATIONS

Thanksgiving party crafts and decorations for kids

Make fun party crafts and decor. while getting the kids involved, too! We just love these 7 unique ideas from pompom turkeys to boat treat holders:

1 – Cupcake Wrapper Turkeys [Oh My! Creative] 2 – Pompom Turkeys [Mom on Timeout] 3 – Autumn Leaf Mask [Small + Friendly] 4 – Turkey Pinwheels [Parents.com] 5 – ‘Indian Corn’ Favors [The Fickle Pickle] 6 – Pilgrim Boat Treat Holder [Sheek Shindigs] 7 – Tree Centerpiece [Catch My Party]

 

THANKSGIVING SWEETS AND TREATS FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Thanksgiving party sweets for kids

What would a party be without sweet treats for the little ones? Take these 6 scrumptiously cute ideas, and you’ll be seeing smiles all around:

1 – Pilgrim Hat Cookies [Craftily Ever After] 2 – Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cakes [The Chic Site] 3 – Turkey Rice Krispie Treats [Shugary Sweets] 4 – Cheesy Turkey Snacks [Living Locurto] 5 – ‘Little Gobbler’ Cookies [7th House on the Left] 6 – Trail Mix in a Turkey Treats Holder [Fiskars]

Are you planning a kid-friendly Thanksgiving party this season? Or, planning a kids’ table at the celebration? Please leave a comment and share an idea! You might just help a busy mom out there!

Finger Foods and Other Food Ideas Kids Will Love

Finger Foods and Other Food Ideas Kids Will Love

Summer’s in full swing and like me you’re probably racking your brain for new breakfast, lunch and snack ideas for the kids.  My grandkids have been home since March and each day finding something they want to eat is becoming more and more challenging.

“I’m hungry” and “grilled cheese, spaghetti, etc. are all boring” has become the standard refrain at our house.  My grandson who insisted he ‘NEEDED” cases of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti “O”s back in the spring now say’s they’re “boring”.  Of course when asked what he’d like instead the reply is almost always “I don’t know”.  This leaves me searching for something new and different for lunch and snack times.

One thing I do know is that just about all kids love finger foods; and sometimes taking a “boring” sandwich and re-packaging it into something fun is all it takes to make meal times go smoothly.  This can be as simple as taking a PB&J or any type of sandwich and cutting them in to 4 small triangles!

Or you can change it up and call lunch or snack time “Tea Time” and serve a small selection of finger foods.  I love tea time and my grandkids do too!

But life isn’t all that easy, so here are a few food ideas that your kids might enjoy!  They might just save a bit of your sanity!

Eggs in Frame

I have been making these for years, started when my kids were small. This is a great breakfast idea and kids almost always think it’s pretty cool.

Just cut a hole (any shape) in the middle of a slice of bread and fry an egg in the hole.  You’ll end up with a fried egg on a toasted piece of bread.  I usually use a bit of butter to fry these in.

Silver Dollar Sprinkle Pancakes

Add some sprinkles or chocolate chips into your pancake batter and instead of making large Turpancakes make smaller ones about the size of a silver dollar.  If the chain restaurants can do it so can you!

Turkey & Cheese Pinwheels

These are a family favorite!  You can pick some up ready made from Costco or you can make them at home.  It’s super easy!

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Ham & Cheese Sliders

Sliders of any kind are great finger foods both kids and adults love.

These Ham & Cheese Sliders are another family favorite.  I usually make a tray of them and the kids just grab as they want.  A tray lasts thru lunch and snacks all day!

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Taquitos

Not everything needs to be homemade.  Sometimes you just don’t feel like making lunch from scratch.  No worries, there’s always frozen alternatives.

We always keep a box of frozen Taquitos in the freezer.  They’re great for lunch or snacks, just heat them up in the oven and you’re good to go.  I like to serve them with salsa, melted nacho cheese, and sour cream for dipping.

You do know kids love to dip!  My  year old grandson Jaxon is all about dipping these days!

Pigs in Blankets

Pigs in Blankets is another favorite and a staple at many of our kids’ parties.  But to truly make it a finger food you need small ones.

I cut the hot dogs and crescent dough in  half.  Roll each hot dog section in one of the dough sections, place on parchment paper and bake.  Serve with whatever hot dog condiments you prefer.

Fruit Kabobs

I’m sure you know kids love food on sticks.  So dress up fruit by cutting them into balls and other interesting shapes, then string them up on skewers.

Older kids will love them.  For younger kids skip the sticks and just serve them the fruit cut in to different shapes, you should also cut melon balls and grapes in halves to keep toddlers from choking on them.