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Apple Peel Contest

 

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Have each family member who is old enough to handle a knife carefully peel an apple. The idea is to see how long a peel can be made without breaking it. The person with the longest continual apple peel is the winner. When the game is over, cut the peeled apples into pieces and enjoy a snack, put them in a pie, or microwave them for a few minutes with some sugar and cinnamon.


 

Paint a Pumpkin

 

  

 

Instead of carving a pumpkin for Halloween, paint a pumpkin for Thanksgiving. Use a real pumpkin or purchase one of the craft store varieties that can be carved or painted. (This way your efforts will last longer.) Use acrylic paints. If it's a real pumpkin, wash and dry the surface first. Paint a simple design or a repetitive geometric design. For your Thanksgiving table, use Native American design elements. If you're artistic, paint a fall scene that goes all the way around the pumpkin. Give kids a pumpkin, some paint and a brush and just watch them be creative!! You can even use sparkle tube paints for a little pizzazz.


Cook or Bake with Apples

 

 

Fall and apples just seem to go together. Bake a pie together. Make baked apples for dinner. Enjoy some apple juice. Make your own applesauce in the microwave. Eat some sliced apples that have been dipped in caramel sauce. Make caramel apples. Slice pieces of apple and put them in oatmeal with some cinnamon and sugar. Most of these are easy to do and recipes abound. Use the time to talk about harvest. Talk about (and taste test) some of the different varieties of apples. Make it a memorable time together.

 

 

 

 

Thank You

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Find Special Ways to Say Thank You

No job should be thankless. Thank the person in your family who: does the dishes, cooks dinner, takes out the trash, folds the laundry, provides rides, plays ball or games with you, cleans the bathrooms, etc. Think of all the little things for which you are thankful such as: hot chocolate and popcorn on a cool evening, the light of a candle, foot rubs, the smell of flowers, a fire in a fireplace, a good book to read, a letter, card or e-mail from a good friend. Then think of ways to tell the people in your life that things they do are appreciated. Tell them, leave them a note, put a chocolate kiss on their pillow. Be creative, especially in this month of thanksgiving.


 

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Play a Turkey Game

Wash an empty plastic milk jug and cut off the top section where the lid attaches. (An adult can do this with a craft knife.) Paint the jug, adding wings and a red gobbler. Glue a pom pom to the top of the handle for the head and add giggle eyes and a construction paper or craft foam beak. Cut tail feathers from construction paper or craft foam pieces and glue them to the back. To play a game, stand above the turkey and drop pencils or clothespins and see how many you can get inside the turkey jug. Hold the pencil or clothespin in your hand and place your hand at the level of your nose while standing over the jug. Drop the item from "nose level". This makes the game fair for all ages.

 


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First Thanksgiving Decorations

 

 

These pilgrims are made by attaching a Styrofoam head covered with cotton batting and a piece of nylon stocking to an empty jar lid. The noses are made by making a few stitches in the stocking and making sure some of the batting is within the stitches. Pull the thread and tie it to create a nose. Paint the faces. Hair is made of yarn. Clothing and accessories are pieces of fabric and ribbon that are glued to the bottles. Arms are pipe cleaners with stocking-over-batting hands and pieces of fabric glued in place to cover the pipe cleaners. Use scrap pieces of fabric, ribbon, etc. and be creative.

 


Decorate the Table for Thanksgiving

 

 

Make napkin holders, or special place cards. Decorate a tablecloth or use one for the season. Bring out any Thanksgiving decorations you have or make some for your table. Use holiday napkins and set the table with all the special dishes, glasses and silverware you might have for a fancy dinner, including salad forks and soup spoons (depending on your menu). It's a good time to teach children the proper way of setting a table, if they don't already know it.


 

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