All ages can Roll-A-Turkey!

Here’s an easy, fun activity for Thanksgiving get-togethers.  And there’s no prep for the hostess!
Roll-A-Turkey

Today I played it with 25 first graders during their “Turkey Day” centers.  They used black Sharpies with feathers taped on the ends to draw with.
Thanksgiving party activity

A paper copy has been floating around my family for years, so I googled it and found a free, printable PDF at littlegiraffes.com.  Kudos to whomever thought this up!  If you send me a message, I would love to credit you.

Check Target’s Dollar Spot or Dollar Tree for dice.

4 Little Indians

$1 Native American wooden picture frames from Jo-Ann.  I can’t wait to take these out every year!

They make great Thanksgiving place settings and a fun family or classroom activity.  We used feathers, glitter glue, colored Sharpies, sequins and adhesive gems.

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Too many cooks in the kitchen?

Make them wear ridiculous hats!

Lumpy gravy just isn’t that important when you’re wearing turkey legs on your head.
In-laws don’t get along?

Pumpkin Pie Fruit Dip

Easy, different and addictive.
Great for Thanksgiving or Fall parties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • apple slices and/or gingersnaps

Or, to cut sweetness, increase cinnamon, decrease sugar and substitute pumpkin pie puree for pumpkin pie filling.

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add pie filling, cinnamon, and ginger, beating well.
  3. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Makes 3 cups.  Awesome with apple slices.  Delicious with gingersnaps, too, but a little too sweet (even for me, a certified sugar-aholic).  I found several versions of this recipe at food.com.

Better-Than-Fancy Napkin Rings

When my children were 3 and 5 we sat down together one afternoon
and made these toilet paper roll napkin rings for our fancy Thanksgiving table.

We cut out pictures of each guest, along with paper strips that read, “We are thankful for you.”
The children painstakenly glued them on, along with anything else they found in the craft drawers.

They were so proud to contribute.

And the napkin rings, which go beautifully with Williams-Sonoma linens
and a Waterford stainless pattern, by the way, were the hit of the table.