Serve up some kid-friendly Thanksgiving treats, traditions, and decorations

Shorter days and longer nights signal that the holidays are just around the corner.  Shift kids’ attention from getting gifts to giving thanks by creating crafts and yummies that celebrate gratitude in great abundance!

Better Homes & Gardens provides directions for making a Daily Thanks Calendar, using an old picture frame, some foam core, and small, square craft envelopes. This could become a precious annual tradition that gets passed down to the next generation! Each family member jots down what he or she is grateful for and puts the note in the day’s envelope. Then during Thanksgiving dinner, open and read the messages.  Or, like an Advent Calendar, it could challenge kids to count down the days—and the blessings—one day at a time.

iVillage.com puts together a colorful and “thankful” turkey; each tail feather names something to be grateful for like grandparents, flowers, and friends. With two paper bowls, a toilet paper tube, and a few other inexpensive supplies, kids can make this an attention-getting, conversation starter that perfectly captures the spirit of the season.

Find a buffet of Thanksgiving crafts for kids on All Kids Network, including adorable Paper Plate Pilgrims, conveniently and economically “made from materials you most likely already have on hand.”

Visit Itsoverflowing.com, whichhas compiled clever ideas like paper drumstick placeholders and Oreo turkeys (originally from ourbestbites.com). That last one has been making the rounds of social media. With their peanut butter cup bodies and Oreo and candy corn tail feathers, these turkeys can be slowly plucked apart rather than gobbled up. But only the sweetest tooth would dismantle such a work of art!

The Sinful Southern Sweets cooking/recipe blog delivers Pilgrim Hats, which they suggest, like the aforementioned turkeys, have been seen “all over cyberspace.” These adorable treats are made from vanilla frosting, mini peanut butter cups, fudge-striped cookies, and orange Chiclets gum (or any small, square candy).

Put your hands together and make something memorable. Thankfully, it’s easy!