Thanksgiving is coming up on Nov. 24. That's a big day in most households. People are busy in the kitchen, people are watching football on TV and generally just enjoying the day and being thankful for all the blessings in their life (which, of course, is what Thanksgiving is all about).
We have some family friendly suggestions for Thanksgiving.
1. Do a Turkey Trot.
Turkey Trots are fundraising runs or walks held on or around Thanksgiving to raise money for a good cause. Try and find one in your local area and work up an appetite for all that turkey. It's a great way to get outside, too.
2. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you feel more like relaxing on Thanksgiving, you can always watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV or actually attend it if you live nearby. It’s been held since 1924 and has been televised since 1948. The giant balloons and the elaborate floats make this a fun way to spend Thanksgiving.
3. Have a Mini Pumpkin Hunt
This one is borrowed from Easter, but that’s okay because holidays like to share and sharing is good. (Just don’t ask us to share our Halloween candy.)
A mini-pumpkin hunt is where you gather up a bunch of mini-pumpkins and hide them around your house and/or yard and then have a hunt to find them, just like an Easter egg hunt.
4. Research Your Family Tree
Thanksgiving is usually a time for gathering with relatives, so this is the perfect time to research your family history with kids so they can talk with their relatives to fill in the blanks. To make it really interactive, print out a family tree and have your kids fill it in as they talk to their relatives.
5. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
One of the best ways to instil a true sense of thanks in children for the blessings they have in their lives is to volunteer at a soup kitchen and help those who are less fortunate. You can either volunteer on the day of Thanksgiving or do something ahead of time like collect food donations or bake pies.
6. Video Chat with Relatives who Live Far Away
Just because you can’t be in the same city with someone doesn’t mean you can’t still see them on Thanksgiving. Thanks to video chatting, you can still see all your relatives no matter where they live.
7. Make Thanksgiving Crafts
Find some cool crafts to make, gather your materials and lead the kids in some Thanksgiving craft creation. If you don’t have a lot of time or materials, you can always print off some Thanksgiving coloring pages and get out your crayons and color color color.
8. Play Board Games
Once all the turkey and potatoes and stuffing have been consumed and dishes are done and it’s time to sit down and digest all that yummy food, why not break out a board game? If you have a big group, grab a couple of different ones and break up into smaller groups.
No matter what you do this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to give thanks for all the good things in your life and teach your children to do the same.JOIN THE FUN CLUB