12 Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Kids crafts are some of the greenest activities around because they use things that you have around the house.  It is the ultimate recycling!  I truly believe that there is no reason to go buy something when you can transform something.

It is more fun anyway!

12 Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Here are some simple ideas for Thanksgiving activities for kids that won’t send you to the store for supplies.  At my house we would substitute anyway – if we don’t have a paper plate, maybe a coffee filter will do!  Get creative if these simple supplies aren’t in the recycling bin.

Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Tin Can Turkey – Grab an empty tin can, print off the free printable and transform these items into a cute Thankful Turkey pencil holder.  It is perfect to keep your journaling supplies.

Bow from a Magazine Page – This is a great activity to do together. Upcycle your magazines into colorful bows that can be used on holiday packaging.

Gratitude Tree – A twig from the backyard is the perfect canvas to place written blessings using paper and string.

Twig Picture Frame – I think these would make really sweet placecards for Thanksgiving dinner.  Each family member could have a keepsake to take home created from upcycled cardboard and found twigs.

Warhol-Inspired Leaf Art – A lovely family activity which requires a leaf, some left-over paint and a piece of paper.

Coffee Filter Turkey – Grab the scraps of paper and a coffee filter for a fun and easy Thanksgiving craft for all ages.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Send the kids on a leaf scavenger hunt and then use what they find for a simple dinner centerpiece.

Pilgrim Mice – Don’t serve boring potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner!  Have your kids help you transform them into pilgrim mice.

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages – These coloring pages double as placemats and activity sheets to keep the Thanksgiving table decorated and little hands buy.

Soap Carving Arrowheads – Older kids can carve soap and then it can be used as guest soap for holiday visitors.

Found Object Art – Fall is the perfect time to create art from the nature around us.

Making Butter with Kids – I love this activity because it gets the wiggles out of kids and creates fresh butter for dinner!

Family Outing Ideas – Autumn is the perfect time to explore outside as a family.  Here are lots of ideas for keeping kids engaged outdoors.

For more family fun inspiration, please visit one of my favorite sites: Kids Activities Blog.

20 Summer Activities for Preschoolers and Kids

We are a little over halfway through summer and your kids have probably said they are bored at least once.

Am I right?

Well, there is no need to hear those words again. I have a list of free and inexpensive summer activities for preschoolers and kids that will keep everyone busy for hours.

What I love about this list is everything is very affordable and nothing will break the bank. And, far too often we overlook and forget about the simple things we did as kids like: skipping rocks, feeding the ducks, playing in the mud, etc. These things can give hours of entertainment.

Ready to get started?

summer activities for preschoolers and kids

Summer Activities for Preschoolers and Kids

  1. Make healthy homemade popsicles.
  2. Have an iced tea party.
  3. Put a puzzle together as a family.
  4. Go to the zoo and have a scavenger hunt.
  5. Play in the sprinkler. Find a fun sprinkler attachment.
  6. Have a summer Olympics in your backyard.
  7. Build a lemonade stand.
  8. Make a bird feeder out of recycled items.
  9. Stay in your pj’s and watch movies all day.
  10. Pick wildflowers.
  11. Learn the alphabet and create letter of the week crafts.
  12. Be creative with water play.
  13. Listen to story time at the library.
  14. Skip rocks.
  15. Find a new playground.
  16. Sort through clothes that everyone has outgrown and make a trip to donate them together as a family.
  17. Have fun with food at snack time.
  18. Go for a car ride. (Keep little ones entertained.)
  19. Make easy homemade pizza as a family.
  20. Make instruments out of recycle items at your home.

What are your go-to summer activities for bored kiddos?

More Summer Activities for Preschooler and Kids

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