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Thanksgiving Fun For Toddlers
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Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday season has begun, and in many
homes the smells of home baked treats are emanating from the
kitchen. Families are deciding at whose house the celebrations
will be held. Gifts and holiday decorations are filling the
stores, and products like eggnog, apple cider and gingerbread
houses are appearing everywhere!
For toddlers, they have already experienced this season once
or twice, but they are just now beginning to participate.
Involve your children and make sure you offer plenty of Thanksgiving
fun for toddlers! You can help them get in the holiday spirit
and understand the true purpose of each special day.
Purchase a few Thanksgiving books that tell the historical
story in a simple, youthful manner. Your child can begin to
understand that we are celebrating the union of all peoples
in simple gratefulness for sufficient food and other resources.
Begin a conversation after the story about what you are thankful
for, such as your sweet little son or daughter! Then ask what
they are thankful for.
To introduce lots of Thanksgiving fun for toddlers into your
home, you will most likely want to include crafts. While it
will take time and extra cleaning to complete the project,
toddlers really do love activities that include clay, coloring
and painting. Make sure you stay with your child through each
step of whatever craft you are doing, especially when scissors
or a stapler is involved.
You can find a lot of craft ideas online or in activity books,
but basically you want to keep it simple and maybe add a few
steps to the process. For example, take your precious child
on a fun and carefree nature walk. Bring a lunch sack or bucket
along, maybe you can ask your toddler which he or she would
prefer. Pick up fall leaves, acorns and a pinecone or two.
When you get home, you can help your child to glue on the
leaves and other pieces on a piece of white construction paper.
You can try for a special shape, like a turkey or a letter
(maybe the first letter of his or her name). But you can also
let your child use a creative design. Maybe glue the leaves
on the ground, like a pile of leaves, and use twigs and acorns
to make stick figures walking on the leaves.
A popular craft that offers Thanksgiving fun for toddlers
is the stenciled hand turkey! Simply trace his or hand on
a piece of white or colored paper, and allow your child to
color it. You can make a mobile, with dangling turkeys that
each have an “I’m thankful for…” message.
Whatever way you choose to introduce Thanksgiving fun for
toddlers into your household, simply enjoy this time with
your family and your child will catch onto the excitement!
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