My kids love the holidays, any holiday, they love them all. Last year I was out of town right after Thanksgiving, I was just starting EPM, and my Father in Law was pretty sick, we needed a reason to celebrate and be thankful. During the boys’ Thanksgiving break, we set up their table with some yummy dessert treats, some construction paper, scissors, a scrap wood turkey crayon holder, a Thanksgiving Little People play set, and the supplies to make candy acorns. They think any celebration is a good excuse to use my paper straws, so we glued little pilgrims to brown striped paper straws I picked up on clearance from Target. They asked if they could use “fancy” plates to eat off of, instead of our usual IKEA plastic plates, and since we were celebrating, I pulled out the nicer plates.
My boys really enjoy cooking in the kitchen with me, so they were very excited to be able to make their own acorn candy with minimal help from me. To limit arguments, I gave each boy their own cupcake piping bag with peanut butter in it. We use inexpensive tips and ziploc brand baggies when they boys decorate. It makes clean-up a cinch and I don’t stress about my nicer tips getting trashed accidentally. For the acorns, you will need creamy or whipped peanut butter, Nutter Butter cookie minis, and Hershey’s Kisses. I gave each of the boys a handful of cookies and Kisses and they used the peanut butter to make the Kisses stick to the cookies. They had such a good time!
When they were all done making their snacks and nibbling on dessert treats, they colored and cut out hand print turkeys and played with their Little People play set. It was a fun afternoon for all of us and I was able to prep for Thanksgiving dinner with minimal interruptions.
Look for the DIY on the turkey crayon holder soon!