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Friday, November 16, 2018

Fun Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day



Are you looking for something fun to do on Thanksgiving Day?

Maybe you are hosting and looking for some easy and fun games for your guests.

There are tons of DIY kind of games to play on Thanksgiving day but sometimes you just want some tried and true options without going through all the fuss of gathering a ton of supplies and putting everything together.

So we thought we would put together a quick list on interesting games that are sure to bring some laughter and fun this holiday.


Let's begin!




THANKSGIVING BINGO - this one has cards for up to 24 players.





FOOTBALL - get outdoors and get some exercise after all the food!





CATCH PHRASE - we recently played this at a friend's home. It was fun and great for big crowds.





PIE FACE - this one is fun because it uses real whip cream and gets everyone laughing! They also have a few new variations of this game that came out recently.





TELESTRATIONS - this one get gets us laughing every single time!




JENGA - super easy even for kids.





BANANAGRAMS - this family favorite is a classic--they even have a watermelon version.


UPWORDS - my son, Christian, tries to get everyone to play this with him all the time.



PICTIONARY - we used this game at a Christmas party before and everyone spent most of the time cracking up!





DUTCH BLITZ - this is a popular game in the homeschool circles.






APPLES TO APPLES - this one is always fun (but there might be a few cards you need to remove.) If you don't want to do that they also have a Bible version available.





SCATTERGORIES - my kids play this for hours with their cousins (there might be a few cards you need to put to the side).





GUESSTURES - this one is super fun too--be prepared to laugh!




The two following games are ones from the past that I haven't personally tried but maybe you have heard of them. I listed them in case some of you old- fashioned mamas might be interested in giving them a try:


THANKSGIVING CHARADES









What are some your favorite games to play at Thanksgiving?

Please share them with us!




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Thursday, November 15, 2018

How to Make Easy Pilgrims & Indians AND The Mayflower Ship!



If you are looking for a fun and easy craft for your kids at Thanksgiving you might want to try making a simple set of Pilgrims and Indians.

In the past my children have made these and had so much fun with it!

All you do is get some cardboard tubes (like toilet paper rolls or cut a paper towel roll in half) and cut out some construction paper and glue on the clothes, face, hair and hats with some glue stick. We would use also use a marker to draw in the face and details. It's so easy and they are so cute for displaying on your mantle.

One time the kiddos make an entire village of Pilgrims and Indians-- complete with teepees and a small fire to cook fish on. I loved how they ran with the idea and ended up using their imaginations!

We have also made the Mayflower Ship as well. We have done it a few different ways like making one out of a butternut squash carving, or an empty cardboard shoebox box, or using a huge appliance box to make a real ship you could actually get into and steer complete with mast (yes, we are that crazy and do those kinds of things around here!). It was fun to make and the kids still talk about it every year Thanksgiving rolls around. You can also find some really great ideas here that are more customized to your child's age.

But if you are short on time you could also use a Mayflower kit. These are great for decorating your home during Thanksgiving or even using it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner! I think it would be a great idea to even incorporate it into your homeschool as a unit study too.


Here are a few notable ones I found:




 This one is a 3D Mayflower Jigsaw Puzzle Kit--it looks pretty neat to try out!






This one uses bricks like Legos--which would be a great building activity!




Here is another Mayflower kit that the kids will love!



You can find many more model kits HERE.

I also highly recommend some of these helpful books if you are teaching your children about Pilgrims and Indians to help them learn the history behind it all:

PILGRIM BOOKS FOR KIDS


THE STORY OF THE PILGRIMS




PILGRIMS OF PLYMOUTH




THE FIRST THANKSGIVING




THE PILGRIMS' FIRST THANKSGIVING



SQUANTO'S JOURNEY



















THE BOY WHO FELL OFF THE MAYFLOWER (OR JOHN HOWLANDS GOOD FORTUNE)





SARAH MORTON'S DAY: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PILGRIM GIRL




THE MAYFLOWER ADVENTURE





THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF MYLES STANDISH




You can find more Thanksgiving books HERE.



Have you tried making any of these Thanksgiving activities with your children?

Please share what you did with us!




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Wholesome Thanksgiving Music: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns





If you are looking for some wholesome Christ centered music to play at your Thanksgiving dinner or to just get you in the mood of thanksgiving during the holiday week you might want to check out We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns.

I really like the thought of playing some of these and having an Old Fashioned Thanksgiving with food, family, and games making memories together!

You can listen to some of the music clips here, just be sure to click on the play button.





You can listen to it HERE.


And A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns


And if you are an Amazon Prime member, several of the songs are available for free!

You can find and listen to it HERE.



And Thanksgiving: Great Christian Hymns Collection




Again, several are free for Amazon Prime Members!

You can find it and listen to the clips HERE.



This too has several free for Amazon Prime members including For the Beauty of the Earth which is one of my favorite hymns and we used to play it here on the blog.

You can find it and listen to it HERE.



I hope this list blesses you and your family this holiday season!



Do you have some favorite music you like to listen to at Thanksgiving?

Please share them with us!






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