Thanksgiving. You remember this holiday, though many retailers have seemed to have forgotten it. You know, that holiday that falls between Halloween and Christmas? Happens every November? Yes, that one. There are people amongst us that love Thanksgiving for the food and fellowship, and-- gratitude.
Instead of sticking the kids at the kids table this year, why not celebrate Kidsgiving in advance? Hey, if we grown folk can throw a Friendsgiving bash, why not something for the littles?
On-line event planner The Bash has whipped (potatoes?) up a couple of cool kid-friendly ideas:
Charlie Brown Celebration: Throw A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving viewing party! Kids can come to the get-together as their favorite movie characters, such as Snoopy or Linus, to watch the film and eat a delicious potluck dinner of popcorn, buttered toast and more. During the party, you can pass out a Peanuts quiz for kids to take, and you can set up a T-shirt making station where the youngsters can create a Peanuts character on the shirt. To take the party to the next level, invite Snoopy as a special guest by hiring a costumed character.
Football Fest: Organizing a Turkey Bowl to play with family or friends and watching pros throw around the football on TV are essential Thanksgiving Day traditions. For some fresh air and exercise, host a tag football party for kids. Divide the group into two teams, and have two adults, either one of the kids’ parents or a member of your own family, volunteer as captains or coaches to make sure things are running smoothly. Remind the kids that the game is touch football, not tackle. The winning team will get to help themselves to a piece of a football-shaped cake first.
Giving Thanks Party: For a more mindful approach, focus on gratitude. After all, gratitude is more than just a buzz-worthy self-care trend on Instagram. This theme reminds kids—and adults too!—to count their blessings. For a kid-friendly craft activity, set up a thank-you card station. If you want to add a little show and tell action, ask everyone to go around the table and share one thing they are thankful for this holiday season.
Or, if you wanna do Kidsgiving the Crack Wise Way: the kids all sit on the floor, in the corner, eating Chef Boyardee products and Hi-C. This is a reminder that if they misbehave during the main event (Thanksgiving), they'll be re-living this scenario all over again...
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