If you are looking for something to keep the kids occupied while making a fancy Thanksgiving meal, or while they are home for winter break, I highly recommend crafts. You don’t have to be “crafty” to do some fun things with the kids, and we enjoy incorporating natural aspects as often as possible.
Here is a roundup of some favorites we found on Pinterest:
1. Fall Leaf Prints from Meaningful Momma. We love leaf printing! This year we’ll be decorating craft paper with leaf prints for wrapping presents, and making matching gift tags. We got this idea first from our visit to Len Foote, when we made bookmarks. Cut heavy-weight paper in thin strips, add a hole punch and twine, use small leaves, and you’ve got gift tags!
2. Orange Birdseed Feeder by Stephanie Lynn. Its easy, yet beautiful and elegant. I love her idea for using gelatin!
3. Salt Dough Ornaments from My Very Educated Mother. We love this salt dough recipe from this blog, and the idea of adding greenery.
4. Natural Paintbrushes from LearnCreateLove. Such a simple craft that makes beautiful artwork.
5. Kids Personalized Walking Sticks from Brassy Apple. My kids have comandeered my trekking poles; I love the idea of allowing them to create their own. These special creations are a lovely addition to a Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s hike.
6. Rustic Twig Ornaments from Stow And Tell U. These tree ornaments are adorable, and will have the kids searching for the right twigs for hours in the back yard.
7. Pine Cone Feeders from Play Based Learning. Another festive idea for the feather friends in the family. Pine cone feeders are regular crafts at our house!
8. Rosemary Playdough from The Imagination Tree. Rosemary is the smell of the season! I love to bring it indoors in winter. Make a batch of playdough for the kids (they can help!) and an extra batch as a gift for a friend.
9. Twig Photo Frame from Makie-it-your-own. I cannot thing of a cuter way to present a Parent or Grandparent with a photo this season. So simple, easy, and beautiful.
Disclosure: I found these ideas on Pinterest, and shared them here because they are things I would do/have done with my own family. Thanks to the included blogs for allowing me to use their photos. As always, if I didn’t think it was killer, I wouldn’t write about. #keepingitreal
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.