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Thanksgiving Bucket List

It’s officially the holiday season. What I love most about this time of year are all the special activities I get to do with the kids.  What I don’t love about this time of year is how crazy hectic it can be – often leaving me stressed out that I’m not finding the time to actually do all those special activities with the kids!

This year the plan is to get out ahead of the stress by deciding what we’ll do now and arming myself with the supplies so we’ll be ready to make memories at a moment’s notice.  In case you’d like to do the same, I give you this collection of 20 Things to Do with the Kids Before Thanksgiving’s Over (you’re welcome).

  1. Go on a nature walk and find colorful leaves (be sure to stomp around in a bunch too).
  2. Make a turkey with some of your leaves.
  3. Preserve the rest of your leaves.
  4. Make preserved leaf place cards that read “Thank God for Grandma”, “Thank God for Daddy”, etc.
  5. Make a preserved leaf garland.
  6. Make a Thanksgiving garland.
  7. Make thumbprint turkeys.
  8. Make acorn bells.
  9. Make pilgrim costumes.
  10. Play “Thanksgiving” with play dough pie-making 101.
  11. Start gratitude journals with the kids.
  12. Make an indoor autumnal tree.
  13. Make a Gratitude Chalkboard Calendar.
  14. Go grocery shopping and put together Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need.
  15. Read Thanks for Thanksgiving.
  16. Read The Thankful Book.
  17. Make (and eat!) pumpkin pancakes with warm apple compote.
  18. Make (and eat!) a Fruity Thanksgiving Turkey snack.
  19. Make (and eat!) mini caramel apples.
  20. Make (and drink!) pumpkin smoothies.

That’s my list.  Did I miss any of your favorite November activities?  Let me know in the comments.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina November 5, 2012 at 5:50 am

What wonderful ways to make memories. Bookmarking this. Thank you!


cheryl November 5, 2012 at 6:24 am

Any chance that we could see a list of Thanksgiving book suggestions like we did last month about Halloween?


mpmk November 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hi Cheryl,

We will have another fabulous book post from Janssen at the end of the week but it’s not Thanksgiving themed. However, I did just come across this roundup of Thanksgiving books on Pinterest. Hope it helps!



cheryl November 6, 2012 at 6:19 am

Thank you! That was very kind of you! :)


Tiffany November 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

I just love all of these ideas. I am definitely going to try the leaf garland. My one year old already help me collect a bunch of leaves to do something with- this is a great idea!


HollowSquirrel November 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I made that felt garland last year — actually I made two — one for me, and one for a family friend. It didn’t take THAT long, was easy and very much appreciated! I may make a few more! So cute!


Tammy November 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I just read “Thanks for Thanksgiving” to my daisy troop today. Then we made a “thankful tree”. We also included the “giving” of thanksgiving by creating a “giving turkey” talking about ways to help others and give to them. Wish I saw this post while planning my meeting instead.


mpmk November 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Sounds like you came up with some lovely activities Tammy :)


Kaley November 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thanks for including my pancakes Steph! Love all of these ideas. :)


Julie November 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

I LOVE this list—thanks for sharing!!!


Michele M November 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I love this list. I would appreciate a Bucket List for Christmas too… And out soon so I can prepare!


mpmk November 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Your wish is my command. Keep an eye out – say, next week maybe ;).


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