Hello and welcome to a new edition of Kids Room Alerts.
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween. Don’t you just love the holiday season? October starts it off with Halloween; November gathers the family for Thanksgiving; December gets festive with Christmas and we can end the holiday season with the Big Bang of New Year!
In This Issue
- Notable Topics/Features
- Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas
- Partner News
- Proud Magazine MOMents
- Gear Up for Thanksgiving
- Ask the Editor
- Quote to keep you going
The Holidays are also a very important part of a child’s cultural development. Involve your kids in the decorations, cooking or any age-appropriate activity and they are sure to remember it through life. Remember, Holidays are about passing on Tradition and HAVING FUN while doing it!
This Kids Room Alerts gears you up with 5 fabulous do-it-yourself Thanksgiving decorating ideas.
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5 Do-It-Yourself Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas
Thanksgiving – a time for all family to gather for a fun family time together. But it can be quite stressful for the home that is hosting the dinner. Not only do you have to do some great decorations...you will get quite an earful if something goes wrong. Well, that is the fun of inviting family – they are not afraid of giving you their opinions!
Let us start with the entrance, the first thing guests will see as they come a-knocking.
Things You'll Need: (courtesy of ehow.com)
1 Yard Velvet Ribbons - Ears Of Indian Corn - Glues
Gourds - Oak Leaves - Pine Cones - Plain Wooden Wreaths - Yellow And Orange Christmas Tree Lights - Cornucopia Or Baskets - Pumpkins
Buy a plain wooden wreath and decorate it with artificial autumn leaves, nuts, pinecones and berries. Add a fall-colored velvet bow. Hang the wreath on the door.
Create garlands of autumn leaves and orange and gold Christmas lights and wrap them together around any poles or columns.
Place pumpkins, stalks of Indian corn and gourds along the edges of walkways and steps. If there is room, set them up on a hay bale.
Buy a cornucopia (horn of plenty) basket and arrange pumpkins, corn, gourds, apples and nuts inside so that some of them are spilling out onto the walkway.
Twine orange and gold lights in any trees or plants near the doorway.
Does night fall early in your part of the world? Then you need some night time decorating help. How about some Thanksgiving Turkey Luminaries to light the pathway? (courtesy Familyfun.go.com)
You don't have to worry about these Thanksgiving turkeys burning -- they're lit by safe LED tea lights.
Things you will need
Scissors - Lunch-size paper bag - Tissue paper (white, yellow, red, and orange) - Glue stick - template - Sand or rocks - LED tea light
Cut a circle from the seamless side of a lunch-size paper bag. Use the cutout circle as a guide to cut a slightly larger circle from white or yellow tissue paper.
Cut skinny triangles of red, orange, and yellow tissue paper for the feathers, and cut two wing shapes from red tissue paper. Use a glue stick to affix the feathers and wings onto the tissue paper circle.
Cut a turkey body (you can download our template) from the brown paper circle, then glue it to the center of the tissue paper collage.
Line the edge of the bag's circular hole with more glue, then lay the collage circle on top. Fill the bag with about an inch of sand or rocks and nestle an LED tea light inside.
Get your kids involved in the holiday celebrations. LeAnn P of Lehi, Utah shared this lovely craft on familyfun.go.com. "We love using our salad spinner to make spin art and took the technique a step further to create Thanksgiving decorations. We placed a paper plate in the spinner, added water-based paint in seasonal colors, and gave it a spin. The resulting streaks of color looked like the feathers of a turkey, so we attached a brown-paper body and used pipe cleaners to make the beak, wattle, and legs."
Cate O'Malley, over at AmazingMoms.com has a great idea for placecards created by kids. I will just hand it over to Cate to give you step by step instructions.
And can your decorations be complete without a centerpiece adorning your Thanksgiving table? You can use decorative items that you already have in the house or buy some at discount stores too. You can collect some fall leaves (or buy them at a craft store) and... Oh, why don't I just show you what I mean?
Bonus: Okay, I know I said 5 fabulous do-it-yourself Thanksgiving Decorating ideas, but this one is so 'wow', that I had to include it. A craft so simple even your first grader can do it AND it makes your table sparkle and your kids face glow. Thank you education.com for this craft idea.
Some Proud Magazine MOMents
We present the Magazine Moments of these proud moms. Visit their individual pages and add your compliments to their superb efforts.
There are many benefits to ordering the party supplies - for one, you don't have to dig through boxes in search for plates and cutlery; no cousins fighting over which design they want; no broken dishes (oops) and best of all - no washing up at the end of the day!
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