The Best Ideas for Thanksgiving

I see you over there searching your Pinterest looking for the best activities for kids on Thanksgiving.

What will we put on the Thanksgiving table?

What can the kids work on as we prepare this enormous meal?

How can we show our kids how to give and understand thanks?

Dont worry!

I’ve got you. I’ve done the Pinterest searching for you and have asked some of my best blogging friends for their great ideas.

Here it is in one wonderful Thanksgiving Roundup divided into 3 main categories.

  • Thanksgiving Games

  • Thanksgiving Art

  • Thanksgiving Ideas to Give Thanks

Your Holiday Gift Guide; Toys that Grow WITH Your Kids

We've been there. 

Baby number one, buy all the things. 

Baby number two, buy some of the things. 

Baby number three, start giving the things away. 

Amiright? 

With three children ages almost 5, 3.5, and 17 months, I am here to show you the best of the best for you holiday gift list.

As a mom of three, I've had a chance to really see what one-year-olds love and what the four-year-olds still play with. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS GIFT GUIDE!

Thanksgiving Breakfast Invitation for Kids

Move over spiders. Turkeys are finding their way into our play.

And who doesn’t need some turkey in our lives? Even us vegetarians can make room.

So let’s spice up with this super quick and easy Turkey Trot Breakfast Invitation.

There are SO MANY important math skills being introduced here:

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted.

I know this sounds like a simple concept. But this is something that must be taught and most importantly; practiced.

WHY?

Because number sense difficulty increases rapidly! Spend the first four years on numbers 1-10.

Fall Sensory Play Mix Up!

How do you teach a toddler how to pour a glass of milk?

How will your preschooler begin to understand capacity?

With simple sensory setups that encourage pouring and scooping, of course!

There are so many hidden foundational skills to learning in sensory play that we may not always think about. For starters, think about how the weight of a container changes as it is filled, or how mixing red and blue liquids to become a new color.

Boost Thinking with Block Play

I am going to ask you to go do something right now. 

 Go around and gather every block you have floating around your home. 

Any color. 

Any size.

Any shape.

Think stacking blocks, lacing beads, and wooden puzzle pieces.

Add them to a basket, and get ready to have some fun with inquiry based learning.

Wait. What is inquiry based learning and why is this important now?

Baby Block Box Breakfast Invitation

Okay, here we go!

A Baby in a Box Breakfast Invitation.

Wait, what? A Breakfast Invitation? What is that? READ HERE.

If you are over there nodding your head like, “Yes!, Yes! I need this! Give me all the baby Breakfast Invitations!”, You are going to LOVE this.

Providing your one-year-old (this includes all babies under two) a border may just buy you a little more time. I say may, because they are under two. They just learned to walk. Chances are, they don’t want to sit still. - and they shouldn’t.

But sometimes, mom needs a minute and Baby Block Box will do the trick.

Check out our Peanut-free, Preschool Halloween Party

It can be confusing to know how to prepare for a nut-free class party. Inside are allergy friendly snacks, along with non food treat ideas.

Ah, Halloween.

Your Reeces Peanut Butter Cups and Snicker Bars used to tempt me every time. Like every. single. time. 

But not anymore.

The site of a peanut makes my heart skip a beat and the thought of hidden peanut content sends me on high alert due to our preschooler's peanut allergy.

Did you know that 1 in every 13 children have a food allergy and a grain of sand amount of peanut could put some children into anaphylactic shock?

The statistics are frightening. 

ADIOIS peanut products.

Cheers to a reinvented, stylish, peanut-free, Preschool party that will entertain your preschooler so well that they will go home and nap. - I made that last part up. But we can all hope...

A FUN Breakfast Invitation

We are grabbing October by the skeleton bones.

Apparently, mom needed a change of seasons to recharge creativity.

This fall we have created pumpkin faces, counted ghost eyes, stuck sticky squares on a pumpkin, and grasped little erasers . We even created a memory game using little pumpkins. The best part of all of these activities is that they can all be tossed into a giant bin to make the Ultimate Halloween sensory exploration.

October, you have been anything but boring.

So now, let’s time to take out all the Halloween stickers (thank you Target Dollar spot and Amazon) for a simple, yet SUPER engaging Breakfast Invitation.

Easy Toddler Activity

So what’s the BIG idea?

Here, your taby, toddler, or preschooler is working on a vertical surface. This is strengthening his core and arm muscles for future skills such as throwing and swinging.

Your child is also discovering new textures.

According to, Loose Parts 2 , “Touching is the most fundamental means of contact with the world.”

The book continues to state, “Since our skin is one of the most sensitive parts of our body and provides much information about the world and it’s messages, it makes sense that young children spend so much time exploring how touch feels to their bodies”

Isn’t that powerful?!

Sounds like touch and texture needs to be integrated into more daily preschool activities.

Make this easy taby, toddler, preschool activity for fall today!

Fine Motor Game for Pencil Grip

Save the pumpkins with this super easy fine motor activity.

Alright, Target Dollar Spot. I came. I saw. I conquered. These little erasers screamed my name all the way from the diaper aisle.

Last week we shared some tips about pencil grip. One of the most important ways to help how your child holds a pencil is to strengthen hand muscles by using tongs, scissors and movements with pliable textures such as playdough.

Save the Pumpkins forces your child in a playful way to use a pencil grip to save the pumpkins from hot lava.

Of course, right? Please tell me everything your child does also revolves around not stepping on the hot lava?!? Remember, speak their language. What makes your preschooler tic?

For us, it was hot lava and they were ALL OVER this game. My almost five year old wanted to count how many he grabbed, and my three-year-old wanted to make sure none of them fell into the gooey mess.

It was easy, and it was awesome.

Breakfast Invitation to Begin Counting

Something interesting has happened since my oldest started preschool.

What happened, is that my middle guy (three-years-old) has come out of his shell and is beginning to take risks with his learning at home.

You see, my 4.5-year-old means EVERYTHING to my three-year-old. According to him, he’s the coolest, smartest best friend a brother can have.

But something happens when the two of them are learning together.

My oldest takes the lead and my middle guy follows along not ready to take chances with his learning. He doesn’t want to get it wrong in front of his biggest idol.

So where multi-age learning is important, it is also important for me to check in with my three-year-old and create simple set-ups that we can do together to reinforce some basic skills for Kindergarten Readiness.